Volkswagen’s big SUV is cheaper than its main rivals and is a decent all-rounder, offering a comfortable, yet well-controlled ride.
This flagship model isn’t our pick of the range; the V6 has plenty of power and better fuel economy. However, the saving of nearly £12,000 on the list price is hard to argue with and makes this version just £3,000 more expensive than the V6.
This V8 diesel version 340bhp and has 590lb ft of pulling power, completing the 0-62mph dash in less than six seconds. The standard eight-speed auto gearbox shifts smoothly most of the time, too.
It's got a solidly built cabin, plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment, and an easy-to-use touch-screen sat-nav and infotainment system. The raised driving position gives a great view of the road ahead, too.
It isn’t available as a seven-seater and the interior, although high quality, does not feel as special or luxurious as what's found in either the Land Rover Discovery or BMW X5.
While the V8 diesel is hugely powerful, most people will be more than happy with the smaller, more economical V6 diesel.
The Touareg’s resale values also are unlikely to be as high as its competitors.
Should I add any options?
Standard kit is generous with all versions getting leather upholstery, climate control, sat-nav, cruise control and parking sensors as standard.
Pick the V8 diesel in this deal and bi-xenon headlights and electric front seat adjustment are also included, so add options only if you really need them.