A Touareg is unlikely to leave you wanting on the kit front, since all versions come with plenty of equipment. Entry-level SE models get dual-zone climate control, touchscreen sat-nav, leather trim, heated front seats, xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a DAB radio, cruise control and 19in alloy wheels. That’s a lot for the money, so it’s what we’d go for.
If you intend to regularly head off road, then pick an Escape model. These get upgrades such as a more sophisticated four-wheel-drive system, raised suspension, underbody protection and a bigger fuel tank.
The R-line versions swap these for larger wheels, lowered suspension, sportier looks, a panoramic glass sunroof and a powered tailgate. You’ll pay a lot for one of these, though, so stick with the other trims or spend the same amount on one of the Touareg’s more accomplished rivals from BMW, Land Rover or Volvo.