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    Default Amarok vs Toureg offroad ability

    Ok lets clarify. Well after scanning the market for a 2011 or later Touareg with low range (terrain tech) for the last few weeks came to the conclusion that they do not exist. Made numerous phone calls and e-mails for each and everyone on the market with the air suspension option (was led to believe on another thread that it is a prerequisite for terrain tech).
    Now if the Amarok Auto can conquer Africa (a la Voetspore) without low range (but with rear difflock) surely an Touareg with air suspension and the 4motion (without difflock and low range) should be able to do the same.
    Now I am not a 4x4 trail type but just want to be able to negotiate sand in Savuti and mud in the green season in CKGR towing a trailer with ease.
    In the end the question is really if a Touareg with air suspension to provide additional ground clearance when needed without the terrain tech can fullfill my needs.
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    Default Re: Amarok vs Toureg offroad ability

    The Toureg don't have low range? It never registered in my little brain that it doesn't have low range. If it doesn't have low range one should be reluctant to do what you wanna do with a Toureg.

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    Default Re: Amarok vs Toureg offroad ability

    Take your trailer along. Take one for a test drive.

    The power in first gear on pull away will give your answer.

    I suspect it will be fine. It has plenty power. Hell, even my R5 chitps the wheels on fast pullaway if esp is off.

    Low range is usefull for slow work but in the touareg you dont need low range to multiply power.

    Take it for a test. A good dealer may even allow you on an offroad course.

    Only you can decide.

    I know my next vehicle wont have low range high on the priority list. But it will be auto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stoffel View Post
    The Toureg don't have low range? It never registered in my little brain that it doesn't have low range. If it doesn't have low range one should be reluctant to do what you wanna do with a Toureg.
    Yes the Germans are messing up the new Touaregs. They're evolving into Cross Polos it seems.
    I am very upset with Volkswagen destroying the legacy of the T1 and T2 Touaregs (Gen1 and Gen1 Facelift).
    The Gen1 had all the good stuff making it a propper Offroader 4x4

    Low range, Difflocks Mid and rear (optional), the best airsuspension money can buy and a full size rear mounted sparewheel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Karoo Klong View Post
    Yes the Germans are messing up the new Touaregs. They're evolving into Cross Polos it seems.
    I am very upset with Volkswagen destroying the legacy of the T1 and T2 Touaregs (Gen1 and Gen1 Facelift).
    The Gen1 had all the good stuff making it a propper Offroader 4x4

    Low range, Difflocks Mid and rear (optional), the best airsuspension money can buy and a full size rear mounted sparewheel.

    Mine has low range, centre and rear diff locks. As well as edl in front. And air suspension giving it 300mm ground clearance.
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    Thing is I have never seen any Touareg doing off road in my little 4x4ing. I have seen a few Amaroks and they did quite well.

    I do not say that Touareg owners does not do off-road but I have yet to see one
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Mine has low range, centre and rear diff locks. As well as edl in front. And air suspension giving it 300mm ground clearance.
    So is there a current model that has low range.

    The Amarok if I understand correctly has gears that are as low as low range just not in a seperate range. (I hope that makes sense.) So is there a curent touareg that has either low range or the Amarok type gearbox to be the same as low range?

    And if there is is there a name for it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    So is there a current model that has low range.

    The Amarok if I understand correctly has gears that are as low as low range just not in a seperate range. (I hope that makes sense.) So is there a cureent touareg that has either low range or the Amarok type gearbox to be the same as low range?

    And if there is is there a name for it?
    Per my understanding the Escape comes with terrain tech but not air suspension (optional).

    And no, the Amarok's 1st gear is not as low as a low range. Common misconception. It is lower yes.

    And the Touareg and Amarok gearboxes are miles apart. Same manufacturer but totally different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    Thing is I have never seen any Touareg doing off road in my little 4x4ing. I have seen a few Amaroks and they did quite well.

    I do not say that Touareg owners does not do off-road but I have yet to see one
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    Quote Originally Posted by grips View Post
    Thing is I have never seen any Touareg doing off road in my little 4x4ing. I have seen a few Amaroks and they did quite well.

    I do not say that Touareg owners does not do off-road but I have yet to see one
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    Default Re: Amarok vs Toureg offroad ability

    Kortgat is also very much offroad orientated with his, but he isn't the show and tell type bloke.

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    IMHO People don't buy Touaregs for their outright off road abilities.
    If you are looking for a vehicle do do serious off road, the Touareg is not it.
    It will never compete with a Wrangler or Defender when the going gets really tough.

    It will however manage most moderate to difficult off road challenges.

    Getting to the venue and back as well as the 95% of the rest of your driving is where the Touareg excels.
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    Default Re: Amarok vs Toureg offroad ability

    Can somebody do a breakdown maybe, which ones has low range etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Can somebody do a breakdown maybe, which ones has low range etc?
    That's a good idea Dirk. We should probably make that a sticky as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dzombo4 View Post
    Ok lets clarify. Well after scanning the market for a 2011 or later Touareg with low range (terrain tech) for the last few weeks came to the conclusion that they do not exist. Made numerous phone calls and e-mails for each and everyone on the market with the air suspension option (was led to believe on another thread that it is a prerequisite for terrain tech).
    Now if the Amarok Auto can conquer Africa (a la Voetspore) without low range (but with rear difflock) surely an Touareg with air suspension and the 4motion (without difflock and low range) should be able to do the same.
    Now I am not a 4x4 trail type but just want to be able to negotiate sand in Savuti and mud in the green season in CKGR towing a trailer with ease.
    In the end the question is really if a Touareg with air suspension to provide additional ground clearance when needed without the terrain tech can fullfill my needs.
    Please do come to the Touareg day at Hennops 27 May. I also have a T3 with Terrain Tech and air suspension. Took my Treg for some serious sand driving in Namakwa and also to Tankwa Nature reserve 4x4 route (was about a 4 ) with serious rock. In the difficult section with large rocks, I have very successfully put the air suspension to test. With the center and rear diff-locks you can take this thing anywhere. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Per my understanding the Escape comes with terrain tech but not air suspension (optional).

    And no, the Amarok's 1st gear is not as low as a low range. Common misconception. It is lower yes.

    And the Touareg and Amarok gearboxes are miles apart. Same manufacturer but totally different.
    Nope, Amarok is ZF, Touareg is Aisin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clubbie View Post
    Nope, Amarok is ZF, Touareg is Aisin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Can somebody do a breakdown maybe, which ones has low range etc?
    Amarok or Touareg?

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    On 2 seperate Brakkeduine (Humansdorp EC) outings there was a Toureg present. And that was what they were, just present, gave up on the fun parts. But I saw a 1.6 Daihatsu Feroza with his 1st time 4x4'r do more dunes that the Tregs. Maybe just the drivers.....
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