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.

Volkswagen Touareg 4x4
33 5stars

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

4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 204 SE 5dr £43,605
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 262 SE 5dr £45,405
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 262 Escape 5dr £45,605
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 204 R-line 5dr £46,605
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 262 R-line 5dr £48,405
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

Volkswagen Touareg 4x4 3.0 V6 TDI 245 Altitude 5dr

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.…

JOHN BUTLER

5 out of 5 stars

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
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