Like a Michelin-star restaurant, the Volkswagen Touareg represents the pinnacle of car safety with its five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
In the culinary world, a Michelin-starred restaurant is a noted mark of quality. Receiving the top rating of three Michelin stars is a truly exceptional achievement, and is a rarified honour bestowed only upon the very best.
Likewise in the car world, stars are used to denote excellence, specifically in the area of safety. A maximum five star safety rating from the Euro NCAP means that a car offers outstanding crash protection for occupants, and a comprehensive and robust set of technologies that helps avoid accidents, as is the case with the Volkswagen Touareg.
What this means that the Volkswagen Touareg is among the safest cars you can currently buy right now, as it boasts class-leading technologies that ensure that you and your family will be well-protected while on the road.
For instance, the Touareg offers as standard Front Assist with the City Emergency Brake function. The Front Assist system utilises a radar embedded within the Volkswagen badge up front to continually monitor the car’s distance to vehicles up ahead, at speeds of up to 250km/h.
The system is capable of detecting impending critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver with audio and visual warnings if it senses that a collision is imminent. If the situation calls for it, for instance when there is no driver input detected, the City Emergency Brake function will intervene and apply the brakes to bring the car to a stop.
Also standard on the Touareg are Lane Assist and Side Assist. The Lane Assist system uses a camera to monitor the lane markings on the road and ensures that the Touareg stays within the lane. If it detects that the car is veering out of the lane without any input from the indicators to signal a lane change, the system will gently apply corrective steering pressure to move the car back in line.
The Side Assist system works with the Rear Traffic Alert system, and utilises two radars in the rear bumper to monitor traffic around the car. If it detects a vehicle present in an area that is not visible to the driver, or is approaching the Touareg from behind at a rapid speed, it sends a visual warning to the driver via the external door mirrors.
The Touareg R-Line variant also offers semi-automated driving capabilities, through the Traffic Jam Assist function. This combines the functionalities of Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, and enables the Touareg to follow traffic ahead while keeping in its lane during traffic jams and slow-moving traffic situations. Depending on the traffic flow, the system can also bring the Touareg to a stop and – within a defined stop time – start moving again automatically.
These features come together to help the Touareg achieve its top five star safety rating from Euro NCAP. But Volkswagen’s commitment to safety is not simply about getting a high score. It is about safeguarding their customers, and offering them the assurance and peace of mind that a Volkswagen will protect them and their families while on the road. And that is the priceless five star experience that’s truly desirable.