VW’s Teramont is a behemoth compared to the other models in its stable. First introduced in 2016 at the LA Auto Show, it is called Atlas in the North American market. It came to ME three years ago and quickly became the marque’s best-selling model. The Model Year 2021 is a facelift while remaining the same at heart – a 3.6lt V6. Other markets also have a 2lt turbo. Distributed by Premium Motors, in Oman the new Teramont comes in four trims – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline and the top of the line R-Line.
The refreshed façade has a new VW logo, three-slat grille and bumper. From the front, it bears a strong semblance to its sibling, the Touareg. The logo itself has been redesigned. VW’s signature has remained fundamentally the same for 70 years. The new design is a minimalist take on the classic logo, doing away with the three-dimensional gradient.
Double ‘L’ LED headlamps complement the façade, adding an executive feel to the look. At the rear end are what appear to be exhausts that are unmissable. Rather curiously, these metallic outlets are just for cosmetic purpose. The real ones are tucked under the updated bumper.
The abundance of space in this seven seater becomes very evident at just a cursory glance at its side profile.
The first thing that’ll spring to mind as you get into the Teramont is space. With one of the longest wheelbases in its category, it’s spacious in every sense of the word – there’s a lot of it for passengers and cargo. Beginning at the rear, there’s 583lt of space with the third row seats up and 1,573lt behind the second row. With all seats folded down, there’s 2,741lt of total storage capacity. That’s more than enough space for an entire football team’s kit and weekend shopping put together.
For passengers in the second row, even a 6ft adult will find plenty of head and legroom, while the third row seats are surprisingly usable. On short rides, adults won’t have much to complain about.
The seats, covered in Vienna leather, are comfortable. The driver’s seat, however, is a remarkable piece of design and technology that offers a clear view and makes you feel in command. It’s ten-way adjustable with memory for up to three configurations.
The cabin is quiet, styled in a mix of leather, metal and wood trim upfront. A satin ply wood insert on the dash seems like an odd feature. This design element stands out without looking out of place.
Adding to the sense of space in the cabin is a panoramic sunroof with tilt function that spans the length of almost all three rows of seats. Designed for comfort and functionality, the Teramont overindulges when it comes to keeping all hydrated with a ridiculous number of cupholders – 17 no less.
Other creature comforts include a two-zone air-conditioning system that cools every corner of the cabin, sun-shades for driver, front passenger and second row seats, wireless charging for phones, and a 480W Fender Premium Audio System with a heartwarming sound.
Infotainment and navigation systems are controlled through an eight-inch HD touchscreen display, and a ten-inch digital instrument cluster is standard in the Highline trim.
Encased in leather, the multifunctional steering wheel has a racy touch to it with its bottom flattened out – minor details of endearments that can hook owners.
Powering the Teramont is a 3.6lt V6, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which produces 280hp and 360Nm of torque – enough power and some to spare. Despite its size, the car feels spirited. Admittedly, we weren’t able to test its off-roading limits, but negotiating an inclined stretch of gravel behind Pakistan School Muscat was a piece of cake.
With eight-inch ground clearance, kitted out in 20 inch alloy wheels and a soft suspension, the ride is comfortable on most surfaces cushioning bumps when encountered. While city driving is smooth, you won’t feel abused off road.
A 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system controlled via a rotating knob on the centre console offers four drive modes, including Sport and Off Road, ensuring there’s no traction issue while navigating any terrain.
Drive assists include Park Distance Control (front and rear), Side Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go. Front Assist is designed to automatically apply brakes when need be, Area View comprises four cameras allowing you to see blind spots with ease and make parking and pulling out into traffic easier, and Rear Traffic Alert with sensors to warn you of vehicles crossing your path while in reverse.
The Teramont has mostly flown under our radar, but since the launch of its refreshed edition in April, it’s become very visible on Oman’s roads. It’s a handsome car with endless space, and VW has made minor tweaks that impact its overall likeability.
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