2024 Volkswagen Touareg R price and specs

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The first plug-in hybrid Volkswagen in Australia is a 340kW turbo-petrol V6 performance model cheaper – and more powerful – than the V8 diesel it replaces.

  • 2024 Volkswagen Touareg R pricing and specifications
  • First plug-in hybrid VW for Australia
  • 340kW/700Nm from turbo V6 and electric motor
  • Priced from $129,990 plus on-road costs

European model pictured throughout.

The 2024 Volkswagen Touareg R performance SUV will be priced from $129,990 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australian showrooms in March next year, pending any delays.

The Touareg R is the first plug-in hybrid Volkswagen sold in Australia, as well as the company’s most powerful production model, and the fifth R high-performance model in its current showroom line-up.

It was originally due in showrooms in late 2022, before it was delayed to mid-2023 – and then pushed back again to next year to coincide with the regular Touareg’s mid-life facelift, now on track for March or April deliveries.

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Prices and Australian details for the rest of the updated Touareg range will be announced closer to launch, however Volkswagen promises “more features [and] more value”.

While it is the first plug-in hybrid for the company in Australia, VW does not plan to follow the Touareg R up with Golf or Tiguan plug-in hybrids, as it will focus on solely-electric cars in these market segments, where long-distance driving abilities and towing are not as important, the company says.

Plug-in hybrids account for less than 1 per cent of new-car sales in Australia, compared to 7 per cent for electric vehicles.

The Touareg R is offered in a single, fully-equipped specification with no optional extras other than premium paint.

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Its price is a match for the V10 twin-turbo diesel-powered 258kW/850Nm Touareg R50 – the original high-performance Touareg – in 2008, and $6500 cheaper than the 310kW/900Nm Touareg V8 TDI diesel sold in 2020.

Powering the Touareg R is a 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol V6 matched with a 100kW/400Nm electric motor, 14.1kWh battery, eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

These combine for outputs of 340kW and 700Nm, good for a claimed 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.1 seconds in hybrid mode, 51km of claimed electric-only driving range, and claimed fuel use of 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres in lab testing.

It is the first Volkswagen Touareg fuelled by petrol to be sold in Australia since 2012.

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Standard features include 22-inch alloy wheels, performance brakes, air suspension, matrix LED headlights, heated leather seats, a 15-inch touchscreen, 12-inch digital instrument display, Dynaudio premium stereo, four-zone climate control, and a suite of advanced safety technology.

Exclusive to the Touareg R in VW Australia showrooms is night vision technology, which uses a thermal imaging camera to “more visibly detect humans and wildlife”.

For more details on the regular, updated Touareg range – and what is new for the facelift – click here to read our story on the vehicle’s unveiling in Europe earlier this year.

Australian-market examples of the 2024 Volkswagen Touareg – including the R – are now on boats en route to local showrooms, ahead of first deliveries due in March.

2024 Volkswagen Touareg Australian pricing

  • Touareg diesel, facelifted variants – range and prices TBC
  • Touareg R – $129,990

Note: All prices above exclude on-road costs.

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2024 Volkswagen Touareg R standard features:

  • 340kW/700Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol V6 and electric motor
  • Mode 2 and Mode 3 charging cables
  • 22-inch Estoril alloy wheels in gloss black
  • Air suspension
  • R performance brakes with blue calipers, R logos
  • Black mirror caps, front grille, bumper inserts, window surrounds, roof rails, sports exhaust tips
  • Matrix LED headlights with adaptive high beam
  • 15-inch infotainment touchscreen and 12-inch digital instrument display (Innovision Cockpit)
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Dynaudio premium sound system
  • ‘Puglia’ leather seat upholstery in black
  • Power-adjustable heated front seats with memory
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • R sports steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable steering column with memory
  • Quad-zone climate control
  • Head-up display (windscreen projection)
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Panoramic sunroof with electric blind
  • Night vision (exclusive to Touareg R)
  • R logo puddle light projection
  • Five USB-C ports
  • Illuminated sill plates with R logo
  • Brushed aluminium interior inserts
  • Power-latching doors
  • 360-degree camera (to be standard on all 2024 Touaregs)
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane centring assist (Travel Assist)
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Front cross-traffic alert
  • Dynamic Road Sign Display
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Emergency assist
  • Proactive occupant protection
  • Manoeuvre braking, front and rear

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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