The current generation of VW’s flagship SUV has been around since 2018 and it looks like the 2023 VW Touareg won’t come with bigger changes. Those are the latest reports about this SUV, which tends to compete in the premium segment, even though it doesn’t come with a premium badge. It has a lot of great things to offer and from what we can hear, the next year’s model could come with minor updates only.
On the other hand, the overall layout will remain the same and you may count on familiar pros and cons. One of the best things about this SUV is the ride, which is super-smooth and comfortable. We also like its capable engine options, while the interior features pretty impressive quality. On the other hand, we don’t like the fact that the 7-seat version isn’t available. Also, the gasoline version is quite thirsty.
As there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 VW Touareg will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2023 VW Touareg Design
Design-wise, the 2023 VW Touareg will bring no surprises. Just like the previous model years, this one will also come with a design that’s based on a familiar MLB platform. It shares a lot of parts with models like Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne and what we particularly like about the Touareg is that it doesn’t insist on being too athletic. There’s a fair dose of body lean in corners but on the other hand, the standard air suspension makes this SUV one of the most comfortable models in its class.
When it comes to styling, this model follows the brand’s familiar design language. It features quite conservative aesthetics, which make it look very elegant but kitschy details can be found here and there as well.
Just like in the previous model years, the 2023 VW Touareg will also come with a well-designed interior, which looks pretty luxurious. It definitely belongs to the premium segment, considering that most materials are soft and that there is a lot of attention to detail. Also, the build quality is pretty impressive, while the sound insulation is great.
The front seats are massive and supportive, and driver and passengers may count on a high level of comfort on longer journeys. The driving position is good, while the outward visibility is pretty decent too. The second row is also very spacious and accommodates adults with ease.
Unfortunately, there is no 7-seat option on the offer but on other hand, you may count on a pretty impressive 810 liters of cargo space.
Finally, there is a pretty generous standard and available equipment. While the base model already comes with a pretty massive digital instrument cluster and infotainment screens, the range-topping model features a huge 15-inch unit on the center stack, which makes this cabin look even more impressive.
There is also a generous list of safety features. All models come standard with goodies like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and traffic-sign recognition. Additionally, you can get goodies like parking sensors, park assist, surround-view camera and many more.
2023 VW Touareg Engines
The actual engine offer largely depends on the market. As you know, this generation isn’t available in North America, so it’s no wonder that the most popular choice is actually a good-old 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, which features a max output of 231 horsepower, and seems capable enough for most drivers. For petrolheads, the company offers a familiar 3.0-liter V6, which puts out around 340 horsepower. Of course, performances are notably better but count on significantly lower mpg ratings compared to the diesel.
Finally, there is the 2023 VW Touareg R, which will remain exclusive to certain markets. This version features a PHEV setup, which combines a 3.0-liter V6 engine with a 136-hp electric motor. The total output goes up to 462 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque. Also, this version features a 14.1-kWh battery pack, which ensures around 20 miles of the all-electric range.
2023 VW Touareg Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 VW Touareg will arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year. The price largely depends on the market. For example, the UK version starts at around £55,320, while the Australian version is available at around AU$90.000.