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.get the best price
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 SE
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.