Volkswagen Touareg gets flagship 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine

335bhp engine is available on all three trim levels and is well suited to towing

Volkswagen Touareg buyers now have a petrol option after VW added a 3.0-litre V6 engine to the range. The petrol Touareg becomes the most expensive variant in the range at £52,635 in SEL trim. Order books are open now, with deliveries scheduled for April.

The 3.0-litre V6 engine produces 335bhp and provides VW’s largest SUV with hot hatch straight-line speed. Under hard acceleration, 0-62mph takes just 5.9 seconds - the same as a Honda Civic Type R. It’s also the only engine in the range that can get the Touareg to a top speed of 155mph.

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The engine produces 450Nm of torque available from just 1,340 rpm, which should make for effortless overtaking and towing. Helping to manage all the car’s power is a limited slip differential and VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, which are both fitted as standard.

The petrol V6 Touareg won’t be the option to go for if you’re conscious of fuel costs; official economy stands at 31.7mpg on the combined WLTP cycle. CO2 emissions of 203g/km mean it’s not a good choice as a company car either. The petrol Touareg does, however, offer the same 3.5-tonne towing capacity as the V6 diesel engine.

In SEL trim, the V6 petrol engine costs £52,635, rising to £56,135 and £59,235 if you choose the R-Design or R-Design Tech trim levels respectively. Across the range, the petrol is around £3-4,000 more expensive than the 228bhp diesel, and around £1,000 more than the 282bhp diesel.

Read our guide to the best large SUVs or, if you need a luxurious seven-seat SUV, read our Audi Q7 review.

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