Volkswagen Touareg R review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Touareg R Hybrid 2021 front
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 RHD interior
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 RHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 right panning
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 front right static
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 rear lights detail
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 seats detail
  • Volkswagen Touareg R Hybrid 2021 front
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 RHD interior
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 RHD rear seats
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 right panning
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 front right static
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 rear lights detail
  • Volkswagen Touareg R 2021 seats detail
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

It might come as a surprise that the Touareg R costs roughly the same to buy as a Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, but it’s worth bearing in mind that the Volkswagen comes with far more kit as standard. As well as those Matrix LED headlights and the infotainment gadgetry, you also get the 22in alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, heated and cooled front seats, and four-zone climate control with separate controls for those sitting in the back.

In terms of running costs, Volkswagen claims that the Touareg R should be able to return up to 95.2mpg, but as we mentioned earlier, you will have to plug it in on a regular basis to get anywhere close to that figure. For reference, when the battery was empty, we saw just 25mpg.

Overview

The VW Touareg R is comfortable, well-equipped and effortless to drive, but not sharp or engaging enough to be considered a true sports SUV. That leaves it in somewhat of a no man’s land. Put simply, those looking for a fast yet relatively frugal sports SUV would be better served by the similarly priced Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid, while those wanting a luxurious and well-rounded plug-in hybrid luxury SUV would be better off with the BMW X5 xDrive45e.

  • Well-equipped
  • Spacious inside for up to five people
  • Very quiet in electric mode
  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Fussy infotainment system
  • Not very exciting to drive
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