Priced from £45,445, the newcomer is noticeably cheaper than the now-mid-range SEL model that previously underpinned the range. Opting for the new SE version does come with sacrifices, though. You don’t get leather seats or the high-tech digital instruments seen in top-end variants.
However, included in the price tag is a set of 19-inch alloy wheels, a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and cruise control. You get parking sensors at the front and rear, too.
As standard, power comes from a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with 228bhp, but customers can upgrade to a more powerful, 282bhp version of the same engine.
The Touareg SE is available to order now, along with two other new trim levels. The 4×4‘s range is growing to incorporate a new mid-range SEL Tech model and a top-end Black Edition.
SEL Tech (below) builds on the SEL variant with a 15-inch touchscreen dashboard control panel and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display. The £50,995 car also boasts an electric tailgate and tinted rear windows.
The Black Edition, meanwhile, gets a £58,745 starting price and a range of black trim touches. You get black 21-inch alloy wheels, a black radiator grille and black roof rails. And that money also buys you a panoramic sunroof and air suspension, plus a 360-degree parking camera.
Like the SE, the SEL Tech and the Black Edition (below) come with the 228bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine as standard. However, customers can also opt for the 282bhp diesel or a 335bhp V6 petrol engine.