Practical for five people, luggage space is plentiful and it's good value in the lower trim levels, but in terms of interior quality and ride comfort the Touareg lags behind its rivals. It also lacks the flexibility of seven seats, all of which pushes us to recommend cars like the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Land Rover Discovery instead for their better all-round packages.get the best price
Trim: R Line
As you’d expect from a trim beginning with the letter R, the main thing you’ll notice with this are the sporty bodykit, 20in wheels and body-coloured wheel arch protectors. Inside, there’s aluminium and gloss black trim, ‘R-Line’ embossed on the seats, a heated R-Line steering wheel, wireless phone charging, extra USB ports, quad-zone climate control, a rear-view camera, privacy glass and a powered tailgate. Although some of that equipment is nice, the ride is too harsh on sports suspension and it's too expensive.
Engine: 3.0 V6 TSI 4Motion
If diesel isn't your thing then what about the 335bhp 3.0 TSI petrol? It's by far the smoothest engine, staying creamy and quiet all the way from idle to maximum revs. And if you use all the revs it's fast, too — 0-62mph is done in 5.9sec — but it mimics the diesels by pulling strongly from low down as well. Really only a BMW X5 40i petrol betters it for pace among its equivalents. Expect around 27mpg at the very most.
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