Hello, we’ve had the new Touareg in Garaz already and you saw it maybe even 150k times Rasto was very thorough on his “first drive” so I decided I’m not going to dance around the car for 5 minutes, giving you a lecture We are going to TEST the new Touareg! My impression is it could be a “car almighty” so I’m interested in finding out what “all” it can really do. I’m not going to comment the design it’s up to you whether you like it or not, In my opinion it’s almost a bit creepy in German way probably also thanks to its enormous size. Ok, but… I had hard time describing these lines on Arteon so I won’t repeat it but I do like how clever they hide headlamps which are very discreet in this instance but very powerful and very functional. Touareg has full LED technology as standard. Adaptive matrix headlamps are a 1800 eur extra, but they are well worth it! IQ Light package get you dynamic blinkers as well.Headlamp contains 128 LED diodes that can be switch on and off independently as needed in order to shape the cone of light in a way it isn’t blinding other drivers. It reacts well on other cars, but despite the description it doesn’t work so well with road signs. In concert with thermal camera though you get a effective defense against animals and unmarked pedestrians. Onboard computer recognizes figures from the thermal camera and notifies the driver if possible collision is expected. It does it also by pointing a ray of light from the IQ head lamp. Welcome to the interior everyone, me included is fascinated by this huge display, but let’s leave it for later.While driving I noticed the smoothness, immediately. In every way: I don’t hear the diesel engine, it’s smooth and behaves well also under load and it’s quiet The steering…everything very delicate and pleasant. All that can be felt on a motorway, of course, but there’s one thing that spoiled the good impression while driving on a motorway and that are driver’s assistants. Namely the adaptive cruise control. I will set the speed to 90 km/h. A) lane keeping I could easily show you both how it works as well as how it doesn’t.For instance, now it reads lines well and it steers well. But there were moments when it didn’t read it well and I drove across the road against the shoulder. So when we discussed lately whether one could sleep while the car is driving with this one, I couldn’t fall asleep. I couldn’t rely on it 100%. And we get to the
situation.. …let me overdo it a bit. I’ll set 100 km/h in cruise control. Here is what I didn’t like about it: if the car senses a curve ahead it says “bend ahead 85 km/h” …you see now it saw the lane on very last moment… and it slows down during the turn and speeds up afterwards. In principle it’s not a bad behavior to reduce speed in bend, but it should be calibrated better and executed smoother. You say, Ok, I’ll turn it off… It can’t be turned off, so if you don’t like such cruise control’s behavior you have to deactivate the cruise control befor a bend and activate it back afterwards… I have to admit, I had higher expectations when it comes to driver’s assistants of the new VW’s flagship. Other assistants, on the other hand, worked surprisingly well.What will happen when I leave the steering up to the car itself for longer? This is not the first time we test it, but again here I found something new I receive a warning I should take control I don’t respond and bam! it applies brake and tightens my belt quickly one more time and a strongest one at the end. It even held my breath for a while. Also the diesel V6 is without a breath sometimes. For now it’s the only engine you can buy in Touareg.It’s a shame that engine doesn’t respond to the throttle well. Because when revs are already built up it pulls immensely, 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds is a very good figure considering the weight of 2,3 tons but in standard situations when revs are low and I need to accelerate… count with me, how long it takes… 3, 2, 1, now at least two or three seconds at first it downshifts few gears and then it goes it doesn’t even try to use the actual gear This behavior is a letdown, really.That’s right, we are used to throttle pedal obeying us, in Touareg, however, you sometimes need to obey the pedal. You are approaching speed zone in city or village, ahead you are notified by an icon on dash board that you should lift off and the throttle pedal vibrates to let you know there’s no point accelerating and there’s enough inertia to enter the speed zone at right speed. We had to take a closer look at the air suspension because it worked fabulously. Thanks to active stabilizers and steerable back wheels it looks fairly complicated but also robust at the same time. Ground clearance can be adjusted within 11 centimeters depending on the selected drive mode.Air suspension is an extra but as well as
IQ lights it just belong in Touareg. To demonstrate that the ride comfort doesn’t depend on speed I drive over this damaged road. I don’t steer to avoid holes at all. 130 km/h 140 km/h Shiiiii Are you kidding me? Suspension abilities to swallow obstacles in a straight line are unmatched in Touareg’s class and reminded us of Mercedes G. But, how will Touareg behave when we show it to some corners? On the test track I’m mostly interested in finding out how manouverable is the car. Considering the its weight 2,3 tons. Whether breaks and steering can handle it. And if I can avoid plowing cones. So far it looks agile, But the throttle reaction! Oh dear! Forget inherent oversteer behavior but this is how the power train reacted, when I pushed it too hard in the corner It compensated for a building understeer reaction with sending power to the rear axle. It doesn’t like to be steered too sharply It definitely has a body mass oooo I’m running wide here You did have to calculate with the weight though and chose lines with the less centrifugal force involved. C’mon, c’mon!!! I’m loosing time with the throttle reaction Let’s see what’s up with breaks Holly, it is being pushed out here To watch suspension at work is a relaxing exercise Yeap, this was a stable driving around our test track but a stable built on suspension from Lamborghini’s Urus and Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne so…no wonder! Well, well, so far I’m not content I’m going to try to follow cleaner lines, closer to cones because the car’s weight is waiting for you on a second or third cone it has you.You have to he gentle with breaking Yes, now it pulled me out now the throttle response was on time, now it worked! Come inside, come inside… Clean lines were a good choice. My lap times were getting better. Simply, you have to drive with Touareg in a way that you don’t upset the ESP, even though it’s in sport mode. On the other hand, an ESP intervention means you are on the edge of suspension and tires capacity. Ok It was a struggle… It was a struggle, indeed that’s why lap times were a big surprise. Applying “Garage multiplier” we can assume sensej Rasto would probably shave another half a second from the time and thus Touareg would end up in BMW X4 M territory which is unexpected but great result! The maneuverability in city is unbelievable considering size of the car. You need to get use to way it turns. The diameters are different
because of rear wheels intervention. Especially in reverse. You don’t believe how this big car can be guided to tight places. This really works well.And let’s try how the car park by itself. Look how I can turn here Let’s try this parking spot, whether Touareg will detect it. Look it’s next to its older brother! And whether it can park there. Let’s give it a chance to detect the space first, I won’t make it easy for him, I will come close to the cars, so you can see how capable is parking assistant with the aid of steerable back wheels. Alll the way to the back…Ok, I’ll engage the park pilot, here I choose reversing in the back It says come forward scanning the space good, it found a space and now it’s up to you, brother! I can nicely see the distance I can go it is displayed by this evolution bar. A little further, stop. Let’s move forward, it wants me to go on, even more, even more it has some balls and reverse again now we should finish it I’m curious how will it end up between the lines, whether it will make me proud… some corrections Ok, finished, it went pretty well OK well, how is the other line? It could have been better, but considering the size it was a nice maneuver come to see the interior I will get my haircut in the meantime, because it’s about the time and while talking about it the key is rather ordinary if you got a X5 you can sleep peacefully.Touareg’s interior deserves only one negative remark” default VW’s concern steering wheel I wouldn’t mind it’s taken from Golf but it’s obvious it wasn’t developed for Touareg and it doesn’t match the rest of interior with color and material-wise. Overall motto though is: SPACE! OK, I would also change color of the brown plastic panels on doors and dash. What do you say? Better? Ok, let’s check Touareg’s practicality, particularly its boot and seats. Now the boot is occupied by my drum set from last night’s gig, and I really appreciated that seats can me moved forward. A practical remark: you can see, I had to place roller lid on the top because there’s no place to store it.Let me unload it a bit. So, without moving back seats forward I couldn’t squeeze the bass drum in you can see a hole will appear where things can fall and get lost or you can use it, to store drum sticks for instance. And option to move seats back and forth came in handy, because I really needed to seat another person in the back and otherwise it wouldn’t
fit. Here we can see nicely seats arrangements when there is max boot space and least space for legs and vice versa. This is sufficient front seats will travel even further ahead after car start, it’s great! I can change angle and this is more for the benefit of boot space only I couldn’t squeeze in.But seating in the back is royal and in the front row don’t know what is above “royal”… superb even with my figure I fit nicely and it’s further adjustable. And here we come: the 15 inch display that definitely draws most attention. It controls everything but volume that has fortunately also a manual knob. Big screen subconsciously makes you expect a big infotaiment and it is big indeed it reads well but it doesn’t bring any revolutionary features. On the contrary, some actions do take time for example start-stop deactivation. But I have to agree, even a ordinary act of adjusting temperature has now a futuristic feel. Sat nav works well I particularly like it zooms in automatically when you brake and put on blinker so you can read details and zooms out afterwards, and though its POIs does contain only gas stations, parking lots and restaurants but in destination search I can find also Ciernohronska railway. yes, I can… Anybody towed just about anything with the fisrt Touareg trees, aircrafts so we thought, why not a train? And the one we have.U34 “Joy” is the oldest steam locomotive in service on 760mm rails in Slovakia. It was manufactured in 1906 it weights 12 tons and power 50 bhp. Touareg can tow 3,5 tons on road, let’s see how much it can tow on rails. We are about to hang behind it more than 10 times the weight. Are breaks off, can we give it a try? We can. Breaks off here as well drive selected Let’s stretch it first. I’m going for it. We’re moving. Shiiiiii… And that is without a low range gear. Touareg is now towing about 36 tons! I asked on beginning if it is a “car almighty” the answer is – if you don’t go to an absolute extreme it can do literally ANYTHING! Would you say…? No! Is VW going to pay you for an advertisement? It could do it now:) Even the towing hitch in intact. Uber auto! It is one strong car! From far away it looked like the smoke is coming from the car. Did you miss offroad and crossing axles? Watch how we moved Touareg from rails back on road.In the least easy spot, of course. After this we decided no more testing is needed Touareg passed the offroad test on the
spot! Thanks for watching! .