For The VW Touareg is cheaper to buy than most rivals and every version comes with lots of kit. The engines are strong and the interior controls are easy to use.
Against Most rivals have higher-quality, more spacious interiors and better resale values. Versions with the biggest wheels have an unsettled ride at low speeds.
What Car? says
The Volkswagen Touareg is a decent all-rounder, but a Volvo XC90 is more spacious and a BMW X5 has a plusher interior and more agile handling.
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There are 5 Volkswagen Touareg versions available
Target Price team says:
All VW Touaregs have four-wheel drive and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. There are two versions with two different power outputs; we'd go for the more powerful one, because it's noticeably quicker than the lower-powered model yet isn't significantly more expensive to buy and doesn't use any more fuel.
Every Touareg comes with lots of equipment. Even entry-level SE versions have leather upholstery, two-zone climate control, sat-nav, xenon headlights, cruise control and front and rear parking sensors. Escape spec adds locking centre and rear differentials, raised suspension and extra underbody protection to make them better off road, while R-line swaps these for larger wheels, sportier looks, a panoramic glass roof and a powered tailgate.
SE trim is the best value; you'd have to regularly take your Touareg off road for Escape trim to make sense, and while R-line versions are loaded with kit, they're not as comfortable as the other models.
Reader test team says:
It is quiet,quick, comfortable, very economical for a large SUV and the altitude model is good to drive. It handles well and grips the road very well.…
Updated to exact model. 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…
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…