The New Volkswagen Touareg SUV is based on the existing 3.0 litre V6 TDI turbo diesel automatic, the Bluemotion produces 222bhp and a 405lb of pulling power. With a new range of detailed modifications the CO2 emissions are down from 244g/km to 219g/km and the fuel economy is improved from 30.4mpg to 34.0mpg. The Touareg is capable of 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 126mph. The reduced emissions mean the BlueMotion now qualifies for band K road tax at £215 a year.
The modifications include improved aerodynamics and a 25mm reduction in ride-height to make the Touareg more slippery through the air, a more efficient alternator, low rolling resistance tyres, and the addition of brake energy regeneration. This recovers energy to charge the battery whenever the brakes are applied, reducing engine workload.
Volkswagen has calculated that buyers will save approximately two pence per mile at the current fuel prices adding up to £10.99 a tank or around £400.00 a year.
Two versions are on offer, BlueMotion and BlueMotion SE. Cruise control, 17-inch alloys and leather multifunction steering wheel are standard; SE adds dual-zone climate control, touchscreen satellite navigation, leather seats, wood trim and 18-inch alloys among its extras.
Priced from £34,150 for the regular model and £37,545 for the SE, the Touareg BlueMotion is £1,490 more expensive than its non-BlueMotion stablemates, so it will take nearly three years of driving to recoup the cost difference.
The Volkswagen Touareg BlueMotion is on sale now. First deliveries are expected in September.