The VW Touareg is a large luxury SUV that competes with the likes of the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery and Volvo XC90. It’s offered with a choice of 201bhp or 258bhp diesel engines, and all versions come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. It’s also sensibly priced and comes with a lot of equipment.
It isn’t as agile as an X5, or as plush as a Volvo XC90, but it’s a decent all-rounder that’s worthy of consideration, especially if you stick to the less expensive versions. Its CO2 emissions are higher than those of many rivals, however, which means it’s not a great candidate for company car drivers. It’s also a shame that, unlike some cars in this class, it isn’t offered with seven seats.
If you’ve found a Touareg for a particularly good price, however, or are sold on the idea of one, try to stick to the SE version. It comes with plenty of kit and offers the best value for money; 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.