The Touareg offers the king-of-the-road driving position that 4x4 buyers love, and there’s a wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustment to help people of all sizes get comfortable – all versions come as standard with a height and reach adjustable steering column and six-way seat adjustment.
The ventilation controls are a breeze to use, and the steering wheel-mounted controls mean you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel to adjust the stereo or navigate the trip computer. There’s a decent footrest on the left as well, which helps improve comfort over longer distances.
Volkswagen Touareg visibility
Good visibility and standard front and rear parking sensors
All-round visibility is good, thanks to the commanding seating position, large windows and sensibly sized pillars. Front and rear parking sensors are standard, which help make the Touareg relatively easy to park. A 360-degree camera system is available as an optional extra, and will be useful if you regularly park in tight spaces. Every Touareg is also fitted with static cornering lights. These illuminate when you turn in to a corner at night, helping to highlight any unseen obstacles.
Volkswagen Touareg infotainment
Functional but dated
Every Touareg comes with an 8.0in touchscreen system that features sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, a 60GB hard drive and two SD card readers. You’ll rarely be left wanting, then, and a combination of touch, voice and wheel-mounted controls make it easy to access. While the navigation side of the system does have some neat touches, such as 3D landmarks, and the interface itself is easy to use, the media system feels old and its display looks a little dated – particularly compared with more modern offerings from Audi and BMW. An upgraded stereo system is offered, but it’s expensive.
Volkswagen Touareg build quality
Solid, but not as impressive as many upmarket SUVs
Even though the Touareg’s cabin is simply designed, it still has a fairly smart and luxurious feel to it, thanks in part to bold white backlighting and chrome details. It’s solidly built and most of the materials are classy, but many similarly priced rivals have plusher interiors. The switchgear feels decently robust, though, adding to the stout feel.
You can pick from a range of upgraded interior inlays and leather trims that make the cabin look and feel more upmarket, but you’ll pay a hefty premium for them.