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Entry-level Volkswagen Touareg SUV hits showrooms

New, less powerful Volkswagen Touareg diesel cuts £2,600 from starting price

The Volkswagen Touareg luxury SUV is now available to order with an entry-level version of the 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel engine, after the model first launched in June.

Costing from £48,995 and with 228bhp, it's 52bhp less powerful than the range-topping 282bhp model, but costs £2,600 less. It's fitted with the same 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard. The maximum towing weight remains at 3,500kg.

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Other than the initial cost saving, the less powerful Touareg is expected to cost the same to run, with identical 42.8mpg fuel economy and 173g/km CO2 emissions to the top-spec engine. As a result, the Touareg's 37% Benefit-in-Kind band is unlikely to appeal to company-car drivers, who'll be hoping a rumoured plug-in hybrid version arrives soon to take on the Volvo XC90 T8 and Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid.

Read our full Volkswagen Touareg review

The new engine is available in SEL, R-Line and R-Line Tech trim levels, with black leather upholstery, LED interior lighting and aluminium trim inserts. The Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system is standard with a 9.2-inch screen, Bluetooth and DAB radio. A free subscription to connected features including traffic information and parking prices is also included for three years.

R-Line swaps the 19-inch wheels of the SEL for 20-inch alloys and sports suspension, while different bumpers and gloss-black trim help it stand out. Inside, there's four-zone climate control, a rear-view camera, self-parking technology and a powered tailgate.

You'll need to upgrade to R-Line Tech, starting from £55,595, to enjoy VW's latest 15-inch Discover Premium infotainment system, with more advanced route calculations processed online to take account of traffic and frequently driven routes. It's paired with a 12-inch screen in the instrument binnacle to make up VW's 'Innovision Cockpit'. Enhanced seats with 14-way adjustment and memory settings are also included, along with keyless entry.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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