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VW Touareg V8: Review by TopGear

VW Touareg V8

TopGear has reviewed the new VW Touareg V8. Have a read!

The CO2 Committee vetted all the car’s build processes, so this new Touareg is 220kg lighter than the last one – 10 per cent of the weight. Wow. Five per cent has been dropped out of the body, 21kg has been shaved from the transmission, even the electric parking brake has saved 3kg.

Impressive stuff. And very useful when it comes to making your two-tonne SUV that little bit more economical and eco-friendly. So the V6 diesel manages 38.4mpg, the V8 diesel (which replaces the flawed but still awesome V10 oil burner) does 31.2mpg and the Hybrid achieves an average of 34.6mpg.

In lottery world, the V8 is the engine to have. It’s too much money at £56,000, but the amount of power (335bhp) and torque (590lb ft) means the V10 diesel won’t be much missed. After all, 0-62mph takes 5.8 seconds in the V8, which is 1.6secs up on the V10. It’s impressively quiet at all speeds and you never get any diesel clatter in the cabin.