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Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion 231 SEL 5dr Tip Auto Review

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Review

Big comfortable and capable, but the VW Touareg’s interior quality is a disappointment, as is the ride. Unless you can keep the costs down with a good deal, we'd look instead at better rivals such as the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Land Rover Discovery, which offer more including seven seats.

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Trim: SEL

SEL trim gets plenty of equipment including an automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive, 19in wheels, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, leather seats that are heated and have adjustable lumbar support up front, a 9.2in touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking. Add air suspension and a couple of other choice options and it’s all you need.

Engine: 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion 231

This 228bhp version is the entry-level unit and is paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. Performance is more than adequate and it’s very quiet at a cruise, if a little clattery at idle. There’s some hesitation when you’re pulling away from a standstill or waiting for kickdown on the move, but it isn’t as pronounced as in the higher-powered diesel. It's our pick.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH7.5 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

42.8

Urban: 36.7Motorway: 47.9
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

810

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

173

g/km