Volkswagen has announced prices for the new Touareg as it opens for ordering in UK Retailers today ahead of the first customer deliveries taking place in October.

Prices for the new Touareg start at £38,225 for the SE 3.0-litre TDI 240 PS, while the Hybrid model, which goes on sale next month, costs £54,995.

The new Touareg builds on the virtues of space and comfort, as well as off-road and towing ability that led to the original Touareg building up a loyal following in the UK.  Despite being 40 mm longer both in its wheelbase and overall length, the new Touareg weighs over 200 kg less than the outgoing car and is 20 per cent more efficient.

The drive in efficiency is epitomised by the new 3.0-litre V6 TDI and Hybrid models. The 3.0-litre 240 PS is capable of returning 38.2 mpg while emitting 195 g/km of CO2 to place it in VED band J, and is expected to be the volume seller.

The Hybrid model meanwhile can out-accelerate many hot hatches with a zero to 62 mph time of 6.5 seconds through its combination of a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 TSI petrol engine developing 333 PS and an electric motor generating 47 PS resulting in a total output of 380 PS and 428 lbs ft of torque.  Yet the new Touareg Hybrid is capable of returning 34.4 mpg while emitting 193 g/km of CO2.

All of the above models feature a number of economy enhancing features including battery regeneration (recuperation or energy recovery during braking phases) and a Start/Stop function.

A new 4.2-litre TDI V8 engine producing 340 PS and 590 lbs ft of torque completes the range.  Despite its substantial power and torque outputs the new engine is still capable of achieving 31 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 239 g/km of CO2.

All new Touareg models have a new eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox.

Standard equipment on the Touareg across the four ranges – SE, Altitude, Escape and Hybrid – is comprehensive.  On the entry-level SE model, leather trim, touchscreen satellite navigation with DAB radio, six airbags, burr walnut interior trim, 2Zone climate control and 4MOTION four wheel drive are all standard.

New Touareg pricing

ModelEngineCO2, g/kmVED bandRRP OTR, £
SE3.0-litre V6 TDI 240 PS195J38,255.00
Escape3.0-litre V6 TDI 240 PS199J39,505.00
Altitude3.0-litre V6 TDI 240 PS195J41,705.00
Altitude V84.2-litre V8 TDI 340 PS239L56,530.00
Hybrid3.0-litre V6 TSI 380 (333 + 47) PS193J54,995.00