Volkswagen Teramont Review

Big, comfy and surprisingly affordable

By Shahzad Sheikh

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This is the all-new Volkswagen Teramont – although some markets will know this as the Volkswagen Atlas. For our region, VW had decided to stay consistent with its SUV naming convention of starting names with ‘T’ such as Touareg, Tiguan and T-Roc. So what does Teramont mean? Well it’s a sort of portmanteau of the words Terrain and Mountain.

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And what exactly is a Teramont? It’s the largest SUV from Volkswagen ever – a full 7-seater. Here’s the real surprise – it’s actually priced below the slightly smaller Touareg. There’s a 220bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder  version priced from AED137,000 ($37k) – and this one is actually slightly quicker than the V6 with a 0-100kph time of 8.6seconds. Fuel consumption is 12L/100km.

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The 3.6-litre V6 produces 280bhp – and these were the cars we tested. It reaches 100kph in 8.9seconds. Top speed is 190kph, but it provides better fuel economy with a figure of 10.7L/100km. They all come with 8-speed autos and 4Motion All-wheel drive. Prices for the V6 start at AED146,600 ($39k).

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The car boasts a very decent amount of luggage space, even with the third row of seats up in place, and of course that expands massively if you drop the seats, with luggage capacity ranging from 583-2471 litres. There’s a handy simple motion to flip the middle row seats forward to gain access to the third row and adults will fit back there. There are 17 cup holders in this thing, ISOFIX child seat anchor points and a 480W sound system.

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Up front it’s very straight-forward with familiar intuitive controls and very good space and comfort with lots of places to store stuff. On the go it pulls well enough and handles reasonably well. For such a big thing, it’s remarkably easy to drive and place with its extremities being very obvious and easy to judge. There are of course sensors and cameras at your disposal too.

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The Volkswagen Teramont is a great new offering for large families and offers a desirable alternative to the usual choices from the Far East in this segment.

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