For The VW Touareg will be cheaper to buy than most rivals and every version comes with lots of kit. The steering is sharp, the engines are smooth and strong, and the suspension gives a great balance of ride and handling.
Against There’s no seven-seat model and it doesn’t quite feel special enough inside. Resale values are unlikely to match the best in class.
The Volkswagen Touareg is a decent all-rounder, but Land Rover’s Discovery is more comfortable and practical, while the Lexus RX450h is easier on the planet.
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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.
Refined, powerful and well assembled from high quality materials - as it should be, given the thoroughly upmarket price. The interior is a serene…
There are better 4x4s, but this is our favourite Touareg. Its engine is smooth and strong, plus it’s one of the cheapest and the most fuel-efficient models in the range.