For This engine provides all the performance you need and is impressively refined. The rugged Escape spec adds locking centre- and rear differentials as well as extra underbody protection.
Against The Touareg has five seats instead of the seven that you get in many rivals and its cabin doesn’t feel special enough. Resale values won’t match the class best.
What Car? says
The Escape model is worth considering if you regularly go off-road, but there’s no reason to buy it if you don’t.
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Target Price team says:
The cheapest VW Touaregs use a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel. There are two versions with two different outputs, but the more powerful is our favourite thanks to its strong performance and decent economy.
You can also have a hybrid model that combines a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol unit with an electric motor but, although this offers hot-hatch pace, it costs a lot more to buy and is nowhere near as clean as the rival Lexus RX450h. A 4.2-litre V8 diesel that’s even faster – and even more expensive – completes the line-up.
All Touaregs leather upholstery, climate control, automatic lights and wipers, satellite-navigation, cruise control and parking sensors.
Escape spec adds locking centre- and rear differentials and extra underbody protection, while Altitude swaps these for larger alloys, Bluetooth and fancier interior trim. V8 and Hybrid cars also get bi-xenon headlights and electric front seat adjustment.
Reader test team says:
I have the new R-LINE model which is almost fully loaded, the ride is good and comfortable and has an excellent sporty look which is a lot better than…
What Car seem to have a downer on this car. Not only do they omit the R Line variants, they seem obsessed with 7 seat capacity. Not all of us want 7…
Refined, powerful and well assembled from high quality materials - as it should be, given the thoroughly upmarket price. The interior is a serene…