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.

The cars with the biggest boots

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.

Recommended

Volkswagen Touareg SUV review
White VW Touareg
Volkswagen Touareg
20 Oct 2021

Volkswagen Touareg SUV review

Most Popular

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

UK road tax 2022: VED tax rates and bands explained
2021 Road Tax explained
Car tax
20 Jan 2022

UK road tax 2022: VED tax rates and bands explained

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Mazda MX-5 Deals
Deals
21 Jan 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
21 Jan 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
19 Jan 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
21 Jan 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022