We met the V8 4.0 TDI R line, the final king of Volkswagen’s flagship SUV Touareg.
The Touareg, launched in Korea last year, is a third-generation model. At the beginning of the release, the flagship model, the V6 3.0 TDI, was sold as the flagship model, and the flagship model, the V8 4.0 TDI, was introduced. Unlike the first generation of W12 6.0 gasoline and V10 5.0 TDI, which showed overwhelming performance, the second generation went through downsizing and the powertrain was simplified. This third generation also focuses on 3.0 TDI, but introduces V8 4.0L TDI exceptionally, allowing you to experience the essence of Volkswagen technology. For reference, the V8 4.0 TDI is the largest and most powerful diesel engine in passenger cars among domestic and imported cars.
Among the V8 4.0 TDIs operated with two trims, Prestige and R-Line, the Prestige specification was first experienced through an off-road test drive in Iceland before launching in Korea. The 8-cylinder diesel’s thick torque, sturdy chassis, air suspension, and a variety of driving equipment allowed me to experience outstanding off-road skills. Later, the V6 3.0 TDI, which was released in Korea, also made me think that it would not be necessary to 4.0 with its impeccable performance and decent efficiency. However, I was curious about the performance of the V8 4.0 TDI engine on road due to the deep lingering in Iceland, and I was able to confirm this through a test drive a while ago.
The Touareg V8 4.0 TDI doesn’t show much difference in design from the V6 3.0 TDI, despite the powertrain differences. Unlike the past slight differences in exterior design depending on engine performance and oil type, the recent trend focuses on not revealing the installed powertrain as much as possible. For this reason, even models with added electrification, such as hybrid or plug-in hybrid, do not change their appearance significantly. This is also true for Touareg, as well as changes due to the trim levels of the Prestige and R-Line, but the design in the larger frame is the same as the V6 3.0 TDI.
Since the 3.0 TDI that was previously tested was a prestige trim, the first impression of the R-Line’s test ride was quite different. Unlike the prestige, which calmly draws the lower part of the bumper, the R line has a more bold and sporty bumper like other Volkswagen’s R-Line. In particular, the black high-gloss C signature on both ends of the bumper makes the body look wider and bigger.
Besides the changes due to the R-Line, there is one more difference in the front of the V8 4.0 TDI. That’s the V8 IQ. The Light LED matrix headlight utilizes 256 LEDs, supports Intelligent Light Mode and Dynamic Light Assist to illuminate farther and wider in bad weather and night driving. Unlike the LED headlights of the V6 3.0 TDI, the addition of an LED at the bottom of the headlight to make the eyes more colorful is also a noticeable change.
Unlike the front, the sides are the same as the V6 3.0 TDI R-Line. The cladding of the wheelhouse is refurbished with body color and the chrome line at the bottom of the side is removed to create a more refined image, and 21-inch Suzuka alloy wheels exclusively for R-Line are applied to convey a sporty atmosphere. The only detail for the V8 is the inscription added to the fender’s chrome trim. Other than this, the rest of the elements are no different.
The rear is also introducing the powertrain change to the same level as the front. In other words, the design in the big frame is the same as the V6 3.0, but it subtly reveals the presence of the V8 4.0 by making a difference in the design and function of the lamps.
In addition to the R-Line’s distinctive detail that removes the chrome line at the bottom of the bumper and applies black high-gloss to the diffuser, the difference between the V8 4.0 lies in the tail lamp. IQ. Like the front with a more intense look with light, LED tail lamps with different lighting patterns are applied on the back to create a more colorful atmosphere, and the turn indicators also apply a sequential lighting method to enhance visual completion.
Except for this, the characteristic elements of the 3rd generation Touareg are the same for both the R-Line and the Prestige of the V8 4.0 TDI, such as the simple, high-quality design and impeccable assembly finish. For reference, IQ. Light headlamps and new taillamps are equipped with both V8 4.0 TDI regardless of trim level
In contrast to the slight differences in the exterior, the gap between the V6 and V8 was further narrowed inside. The features of the 3rd generation Touareg’s characteristic interior’Innovision Cockpit’ are the same as those of the V6 3.0 TDI Prestige and R-Line, and there is no significant difference in materials. So, unless you’re fascinated by the V8 4.0 TDI engine and the driving-related equipment that encompasses Volkswagen’s technology, the 3rd generation Touareg’s appeal is only the V6 3.0 TDI. The interior composition, which does not show a significant difference, can be a bit disappointing when considering the price of a vehicle exceeding 100 million, and there was also a regret that if we had revealed a little more than 4.0 million differences in interior materials and seat functions…
Nevertheless, the interior of the 3rd generation Touareg, which allows you to experience the essence of high-tech, still speaks of charm and strength. Beyond the sporty-finished steering wheel with D-cut (new emblem applied to the 21 year model), a 12.3-inch digital meter cluster is positioned to intuitively deliver driving-related information. In particular, the ability to implement navigation as it is on the display and night vision exclusively for V8 4.0 R Line allow you to check almost all information without having to direct your gaze to infotainment.
The display of infotainment naturally connected to the meter cluster is 15 inches. Rather than the vertical type or wide type, which can be called a trend on a large screen, it is a horizontal type with a familiar proportion, enabling intuitive operation through touch from vehicle settings to driving information and infotainment. In order to minimize the physical buttons and to reduce discomfort from almost all functions built into the display, a hot key is provided on the left, and usability is also considered by applying a proximity sensor. However, the integration of all functions that require intuitive operation, such as seat heating and air conditioning functions, into the display left a little regret.
The DYNAUDIO Consequence Sound System, which is a small but obvious change in the V8 4.0.
The Dynaudio Consequence Sound System, which is only available on the V8 4.0, delivers a lively sound that fills a large body with a 16-channel amplifier with a peak output of 730W and a 12+1 speaker and surf woofer configuration. As a personal impression, it seems a little less than the clear and neat sound of other high-end systems for vehicles, but I think that it digests popular sound sources such as pop and Jazz well.
The configuration of the air vent located at the bottom of the center fascia, the electronic gear knob, the physical buttons for volume and power functions, and the dial for driving mode and air suspension are also consistent with the V6 3.0 TDI.
The difference between the Prestige and the R line can be easily seen not only on the exterior details, but also on the interior components. The steering wheel and door scuff plates are engraved with the R-Line logo, and the woodgrain interior has been replaced by a silver-wave aluminum décor. In addition, lighting is added to the door scuff plate to convey a more cool feeling when getting on and off at night.
The interior space is the same as the existing 3rd generation Touareg as it is a model with changed power train and more diverse specifications. Compared to the predecessor models, the width and length of the vehicle have been greatly increased, which leads to the expansion of the interior space, so you can check the space of both the front and rear seats. The size of the comfortable interior space is the same as the prestige specification, but the R-Line emphasizes the sporty atmosphere of the R-Line in the seats by adding a carbon-style decoration to the Ergo Comfort seats wrapped in savona leather.
The rear seats are also finished in two-tone leather the same as the front seats, and are equipped with an air conditioning controller and seat heating wires as functions for the rear seats. It also supports sliding and reclining, allowing you to freely use the space as needed. However, considering the car price of over 100 million and the symbolism of Volkswagen’s flagship model, the manual seat configuration or the specification configuration that does not have a common sun blind left a regret. The symbolism of the V8 4.0 TDI engine is very strong, but considering the price of the car, I think it would be better to supplement the specifications a little more.
The trunk opens and closes electrically, and the height of the trunk can be adjusted through air suspension, which is the same as the existing Touareg. In particular, the storage space is quite spacious because the interior was not unreasonably configured with 3 rows of 7 passengers. It provides 810ℓ of space with all the sheets unfolded, and when folding the sheet that is divided by 40:20:40, you can utilize the ample space of up to 1,800ℓ. Folding can be done with one touch from the trunk, but the only jade tee that is manually operated to unfold the seat again.
Minor changes in interior/exterior and dolly The power train shows the biggest difference from the V6 3.0 TDI released in Korea at the beginning of last year. The V8 4.0 TDI engine is located in the space where the V6 3.0 TDI engine is located, and active roll stabilization has been added to effectively suppress the roll while driving in line with the increased performance.
The V8 4.0 TDI engine, which completely fills the engine room, exhibits a maximum output of 421/3,500~5,000 (ps/rpm) and a maximum torque of 91.8/1,250~3,250 (kg.m/rpm). The transmission is 8-speed automatic, the rolling method is 4-wheel drive, and the efficiency is combined with government-approved standard fuel efficiency of 9.1km/ℓ (city 8.1km/ℓ highway 10.7km/ℓ) and CO2 emission 216g/km.
Test drive to see the true value of V6 3.0 TDI and other V8 4.0 TDI.
It didn’t make much difference from the 3.0 TDI until the moment I started and got off the road. Like the V6, the V8 rotated quite quietly and smoothly with a diesel engine, and except for a slightly slower response compared to gasoline, it showed a gentle movement without burden to move a large body in the city. The part that reacts naturally at that rotation is similar to that of the gasoline V8 with the same displacement, but the overwhelming torque of 91.8kg.m emitted from 1,250rpm kept the flow of the road by simply raising the foot on the accelerator pedal. It literally boasted a sense of driving full of relaxation.
The maximum output of 421 horsepower and the maximum torque of 91.8 kg.m move the vehicle regardless of whether passengers and luggage are loaded, regardless of the busy city center or open high-speed road. If you put your foot on the accelerator pedal as if you are playing a racing game, acceleration without realism starts, and the empty vehicle weight approaching 2.5 tons in front of the performance of the V8 4.0 TDI engine does not reveal any presence. Literally, the tall and large body shows colorless and fast movement.
It’s still too early to be surprised by the incredible early acceleration, reaching 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. The overtaking acceleration and acceleration in the high-speed section are also comparable to the momentum of the initial period. The V8 4.0 TDI engine has enough power to pull out as much power as you want and use it at the moment you want, and thanks to this, quite a few sedans and coupes boasted the performance that it was difficult to put out a business card. For reference, the maximum speed is 250km/h.
Despite its large, tall body and a weight approaching 2.5 tons, it is the result of a variety of advanced technologies such as a sturdy chassis, air suspension, and active roll stabilization to competently handle high-speed and ultra-fast driving. Depending on the driving mode, the air suspension, which travels between the extremes of a refined and calm ride and a firm grip on the road surface, fully supports the performance of the V8 4.0 TDI engine.
In addition, the active stabilizers on the front and rear wheels control the roll at the corners, enabling more active and stable behavior. The all-wheel steering system also plays a role in the fact that the movement in the corners is refreshing and lean compared to the size. Steering the rear wheels in the opposite direction below 37km/h and the same direction above 37km/h, the all-wheel steering wheel has a distinct presence in both cornering and lane changes at high speeds, as well as for driving on narrow roads and parking convenience. Of course, even with such equipment, it is difficult to experience the agile movement or the thrilling pleasure of driving as a small and light hatchback or a universal sedan. It is because there is no’magical change’ that overcomes physical limitations, only to utilize the performance of the V8 4.0 TDI engine and to relieve the burden of the large and high body.
While the V6 3.0 TDI reveals its presence as an all-weather all-round player with a balance of performance and efficiency, the V8 4.0 TDI reveals its potential and presence as an undressed GT of an SUV. Not only the presence of the chassis and engine that can easily handle very fast cruising speeds, but also several hours of long-distance driving or night driving due to various driving-related equipment did not convey any fatigue. In addition, the configuration of the ErgoComfort seat’s seating feel and the Innovision cockpit and head-up display also showed a good fit with the concept of the GT, which moves fast over long distances.
With similar output gasoline V8, there is no stress caused by’high-octane’ fueling, which is a must-see, and a fuel tank with a 90ℓ capacity is a clear advantage of diesel with a cruising distance of close to 1,000km. Of course, diesel is getting narrower due to environmentally friendly regulations, but the possibility and value are clear as it meets the Euro 6d TEMP EVAP ISC emission standard with nitrogen oxide emissions far below the Euro 6 limit based on RDE. Do it.
Driver Driving Assistance (ADAS)
The driver assistance system of the Touareg V8 4.0 TDI is the same as the V6 3.0 TDI. It is equipped with various intelligent safety equipment such as adaptive cruise control operating up to 250 km/h, traffic jam assist operating up to 60 km/h, lane assist, pedestrian monitoring, proactive occupant protection, and forward cross traffic assist. It enables more comfortable and safe driving even on highway driving.
In addition, the V8 4.0 TDI R-Line, like a test drive, is equipped with night vision that provides thermal images by detecting the heat of people, cyclists and animals up to 130m in front using infrared rays. This minimizes the risk of accidents in conjunction with warning and braking assistance in the event of a collision ahead.
As diesel engines are gradually losing their place, I thought that the V8 4.0 TDI was a bit overkill. Since the previous test drive V6 3.0 TDI was enough, I thought that an eco-friendly powertrain such as the e-hybrid would be more important. However, the first-hand experience of Touareg’s V8 4.0 TDI was the pinnacle of the Internal Combustion Engine called ICE, and showed a clear presence throughout the test drive. In addition, the colorful high-tech specifications dedicated to the V8 4.0 TDI were enough to explain why Touareg was set as Volkswagen’s flagship model.
There is no disagreement that numerous HEVs and PHEVs are talking about electrification, and BEVs will become the mainstream, but it is also undeniable that the charm of internal combustion engines remains. In particular, the attractiveness of the multi-cylinder large displacement engine will disappear before long, so I have a great desire to protect it. While I was testing the Touareg V8 4.0 TDI, I had a lot of thoughts, but the conclusion that if I buy a new car in 2021 I would definitely want to own one remained unchanged.
Volkswagen Touareg starts at KRW 82.75 million based on V6 3.0 TDI.
The price of the test ride V8 4.0 TDI R-Line is KRW 125.56 million (based on individual consumption tax reduction)
“This content was created by receiving a test ride from Volkswagen Korea.”
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