Because the Touareg has effectively become Volkswagen’s global flagship, it gets an interior layout to suit.
When equipped with the 15in Innovision Cockpit that’s a £2410 option on all but the R-Line Tech trim, the Touareg’s cabin feels arguably the most high-tech of any SUV’s on the market. And it’s a pretty functional one as well, for the most part.
In the Touareg sales brochure, there’s a photo of a driver’s hand, out of focus, aimed somewhere near the vast touchscreen. It’s an image you might get familiar with if you spend lots of time with this system, which is graphically beautiful and has a consistent theme but suffers from being expected to do too much.
When a screen is as vast as this, you can put as big and clear a graphical interface as you like on it — and VW has — but there’s not always an obvious place to rest your wrist or thumb while you do it, so prods on the move usually take longer than they should.
Such is the practicality of a rotary or transmission-tunnel mounted controller, where you can support your arm and keep your eyes mostly on the road without losing your position on the screen. As touchscreens go, this is up with the best, but a more tactile interface would be neat.