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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.

Volkswagen Touareg 4x4
33 5stars

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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There are 7 Volkswagen Touareg versions available

4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 204 SE 5dr £42,120
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 245 SE 5dr £43,745
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 245 Escape 5dr £44,330
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 204 R-Line 5dr £45,455
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 245 R-Line 5dr £47,080
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 3.0 V6 Hybrid 5dr £59,855
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 4.2 V8 TDI 340 R-Line 5dr £61,635
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

Volkswagen Touareg 4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 245 R-Line 5dr

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…

Phil Hurst

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Touareg 4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 204 Altitude 5dr

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…

Kevin Roots-Petty

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Touareg 4x4 3.0 V6 Hybrid 5dr

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…

Phil Hurst

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Touareg 4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 245 Escape 5dr

Refined, powerful and well assembled from high quality materials - as it should be, given the thoroughly upmarket price. The interior is a serene…

David Forbes

4 out of 5 stars
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