Review of new Volkswagen Tharu 2021
Many experts call the German crossover the main competitor of the new one, and this is not without meaning – both cars are built on the basis of the MQB platform and have independent suspension with struts in front and four-link rear suspension, in basic trim levels they are offered only with front-wheel drive, and in top versions already with full drive.
The German novelty is 4,453 mm long, 1,841 mm wide, 1,632 mm high, and the wheelbase is 2,680 mm. Ground clearance, depending on the type of drive, is small – from 170 mm to 176 mm. Of the pluses, a fairly roomy trunk of 531 liters, and taking into account the folded backs of the second row of seats, all 1530 liters.
What else is important to know about? At least the fact that it is agile and dynamic on the road, and all this thanks to a well-designed suspension. It can also be called economical – in city driving conditions it will spend only 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers, on the highway this figure will drop to a comfortable 5.9 liters – and environmentally friendly, since it meets all the requirements of the environmental class.
The exterior cannot be called a restrained German classic, this is contrary to the massive front end with an impressive radiator grille, two-level optics and a powerful air intake. At the rear, this trend is continued by an enlarged luggage compartment window and large marker signals of the original form. In addition, in top trim levels, the manufacturer will offer chrome parts and a panoramic sunroof.
The interior part corresponds to the corporate identity of the brand. Starting with the basic configuration, a multimedia system is offered, while part of the analog buttons and climate control washers are retained on the central panel. The manufacturer focuses on the qualities of materials (plastic and artificial leather) used in interior trim, and also notes the increased comfort of the driver and passenger seats.
As for the technical characteristics, here the future owners will be offered two options for turbocharged engines – a volume of 1.4 liters (149 hp and 250 Nm of torque) and 2.0 liters (186 hp and 320 Nm of torque). Both power plants will be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-band robot. The front-wheel drive version of the crossover will be offered in the basic versions, all-wheel drive will be available only in the top trim levels.
Speaking of trim levels, the Russian version will most likely differ from the version sold in China and America – at least this will be noticeable in the truncated list of trim levels. For example, in the basic version, costing about 2,000,000 conventional units (in terms of Russian rubles), it will include a touch-screen multimedia system, cruise control, electrically adjustable side mirrors, a leather steering wheel, etc.
More expensive equipment will be supplemented by a climate control system, heated mirrors, adaptive cruise control, rain and light sensors, a start / stop button, a keyless entry system and an expanded set of security systems. Such an SUV will cost from 2,200,000 conventional units to 2,400,000 conventional units, depending on
of the selected configuration, which can also be supplemented with a panoramic sunroof, leather interior, heated second-row seats, etc. The most expensive Tharu configuration, in addition to all of the above, has an all-round camera, built-in navigation, LED fog lights, automatic parking system, multi-zone climate – control, etc.
The exact list of configurations with all prices and the start date of sales of the new one will be announced later. Many experts are convinced that immediately after the premiere, the German urban crossover will compete with the previously mentioned, as well as gaining popularity.