Here’s How The 2019 VW Touareg Visually Compares To Its Predecessor

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Touareg is here and it represents a departure from the older model, mainly technically, and to a lesser point, visually too.

Under the skin, the new car is without a doubt better. It’s bigger yet lighter, more comfortable, more dynamic (says VW), more eco-friendly, safer and a lot more advanced from a technology perspective.

But what about visually, how does the old Touareg compare to the all-new model? Let’s find out.

The Arteon influence on the outside

Starting with the exterior, more specifically, the front end, you’ll notice the generational shift in design. The 2019 Touareg is edgier and more aggressive-looking, though not necessarily more elegant, unless you’re a big fan of the whole “Arteon experience.” So whether the new model looks more classy, is debatable.

Same can be said about their profiles, where the old Touareg still brought a few (softer) Porsche Cayenne design elements with it, whereas the new model is more about dynamic lines, a bolder stance, and feeling sportier.

The design of the rear end on the other hand is probably a lot better in the new car – simple, sharp and more modern. Although if you feel like the bulkier taillights were a better match, do let us know.

Add it all together and you could say that the new Touareg is the Arteon of SUVs. It represents the best VW currently has to offer, it’s arguably more exciting to look at than its predecessor, and that’s something to consider if you’re a potential buyer.

Inside it’s all about those massive screens

When VW refreshed the second-generation Touareg back in 2014, the best they could do was redesign the controls, add new decors and new colors for the leather upholstery, things of that nature. Sure, the car also came with better standard features, improved safety and a revised engine range, but it’s not like it can hold a candle to the all-new 2019 model, right?

The new car’s interior even got its own moniker. VW calls it the Innovision Cockpit, and as far as its design goes, it looks like the VW Arteon and Audi A7 had a baby, and the all-new Touareg’s cabin was born.

It’s all very new and sophisticated, especially when you have a 12-inch digital instrument cluster merging with a massive 15-inch touchscreen display to create one of the most futuristic environments in the SUV segment. We reckon it’s good enough to make the Audi Q7 feel a little outdated, which says a lot.

The only item that’s not a complete novelty is the steering wheel, which is identical to the one inside the Arteon. Other than that, we don’t think many will be accusing VW of not embracing change with this car. It looks removed from both previous generations, in the same way that the Arteon looks when parked next to a B5 Passat.

Let us know if you agree, and also if you would consider purchasing the 2019 VW Touareg over rival models such as the Mercedes GLE, BMW X5, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Porsche Cayenne and the rest of the premium SUV gang.

  • LJ

    Massive improvement. Still not sold on the busy new grille/headlights combo, though.

    • Sébastien

      Agree, but what’s with adding too much chrome…
      Touareg 2010 was much nicer than after its facelift.

      • Alx

        Because… China.

  • Autoexperte
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        • BlackDiamond


    • Alx

      I think it looks like a cross between a steam train and a funeral car. But hey, let’s celebrate our diversity. 🎉

    • TheHake

      So get one. I’d rather have the Touareg.

    • Six_Tymes

      wow, very cool

  • PK

    the new one!

  • ErnieB

    Huge improvements..I actually prefer the looks of this over the q5 which is almost identical to but somewhat nicer!

  • James

    Huge improvements..

  • Mynameis Taylor

    this really is a good looking car. No matter what the badge is, it’s such a good looking car. Seems many don’t like the grill with integrated lights, but I love that. I think that’s one of my favorite design elements.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I’m going to actually say, that I think design-wise, this VW is better looking than the Audi Q5 and Q7. It’s definitely better looking than the Bentayga, and the Cayenne over all.

  • Hot Twink

    It’s an improvement in most areas, except one. The drivetrain. Volkswagen neutered the Touareg with this new generation.

    The front axle and differential, transmission, and transfer case have been all been replaced by a lighter, more compact longitudinal transaxle.

    The front axle (and front differential), transmission, and transfer case are combined into one single unit. Front-wheel drive cars with longitudinal engines (rather than transverse engines) use this type of tranaxle.

    The new Touareg will be limited in off-road capability, since it no longer has a transfer case or low range gearing. In select markets the previous generation Touareg was available with low range and locking differentials.

    • Benjamin B.

      Touareg always has been more set up for street. It is similar to the Porsche Cayenne.

  • TrevP

    Honestly breathtaking

  • Bananarama

    Nice improvement. Still not really “striking”, but tasteful in most places. The headlights are very busy and blinged-out though. Thought we were moving past this pin-point LED thing…


    • only if you hold the steering wheel properly.


  • Six Thousand Times

    Edgier and (a lot) “chromier.”

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think I prefer the current one actually. Great interior though.

  • Rich Money

    the new one is quite nice, though perhaps a little fussy.

    but the last one was timeless. The original design, with essentially detail updates, has been with us since 2002 and still looks handsome and modern to this day. Tough act to follow.

  • getoffme

    There is no reason to get the Audi counterpart. And it has real exhaust outlets.

  • TheHake

    Great looking car. I’d love to have one.

  • Samantha Davis

    Those comparison photos with the slider tool are super cool! First time I’ve seen that, love it.

  • Toronado_II

    I like your slides !

  • SteersUright

    A bit bland though with a subtle elegance to it, aside from the inexcusably cheap looking grille. Interior, just like the Audi’s it was stolen from, is just as beautiful and impressive here. Probably gonna cost a fortune.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    The interior is the best change from what I see.

  • Six_Tymes

    The new makes the previous look so dated. Once question, are the exhaust tips fake? I hope not.

  • The old one looks like a Cayenne toned down and badge VW, the NEW one looks like a big Audi with a POLO/Atlas… Grille. The insisde if I regret the murder of all bottons and switches is boring in the old one, and great in the new one.

    • The rear end on the new one looks Porsche-like.

  • Bash

    I love the new Touareg.

    • BlackDiamond


      • Bash

        Its a huge improvement, and I love the new interior. Way better than the old model.

  • nattymbs320

    Cockpit is the new standard. ..
    For all SUV even ,even for the parent company luxury offering. ..

  • Ary Wisesa

    The only thing I don’t like about it is its massive horizontal grille. It looks too busy, complete opposite to the rear end that looks neat and elegant.

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