Volkswagen Announce Touareg R-Line
Volkswagen’s full size SUV, the Touareg, is set to get a whole new trim level in the UK, in an effort to bring the car more into line with rivals such as the Audi Q7 and even the Porsche Cayenne. The Audi and Porsche have a far more aggressive body style than the Touareg, and as a result, the Volkswagen has always been seen as the more conservative choice, despite offering some particularly potent engines in the line-up, including the near 350hp V8.
The R-Line specification is purely for cosmetics and extras, as with the Polo and Scirocco R-Line versions. While things look a lot sportier, you won’t get to your destination any quicker. It’s the same approach that you’ll find on the Audi S-Line cars, and the M Sport versions of the BMW range. We’re going to see lower skirts, wider grilles, larger alloy wheels, and bi-xenon headlights. It does suit the Touareg very well indeed, especially in white, as you’ll see in the promotional pictures.
If you’re thinking about specifying the R-Line trim, then you’ll be very pleased to hear that the additional package will only add £750 to the standard Touareg price. For this, Volkswagen claims that you get an extra £4000 worth of kit. It’s a good deal, even if there are no performance enhancements. It’s very likely that nearly every new Touareg is going to be R-Line specified with the value that it offers. The SUV segment is a particularly tough one, with a lot of different options. The Touareg is somewhere in the middle ground, being more premium than offerings from the likes of Ford, Hyundai or Kia, but it doesn’t quite offer the performance or exclusivity of the Cayenne. The R-Line cars are sure to aid in Volkswagen’s aim to become the world’s top car manufacturer by 2018.
The R-Line is certainly going to be well received, but it is only a refresh. It’s interesting to note that the top of the line V8 won’t get the R-Line treatment. Its own ‘Altitude’ body styling is very similar however. It’s a good move from Volkswagen, and you can expect to see a lot of R-Line Touaregs out on the road in the near future. If you’re looking for a used Volkswagen online, then you may well find that Touareg prices drop as buyers swap their car for the newer R-Line model.