All versions of the Touareg are decently grippy and feel more nimble than the car’s size might suggest. SE versions have the most comfort-oriented suspension, but it still does a good job of stopping the car’s body from lolloping about excessively in bends. R-line models get lowered suspension for tighter body control, but while they feel slightly more nimble than other versions, a BMW X5 is more capable in corners. Considering the Touareg’s weight, though, it performs well and doesn’t feel uncomfortable or unsettled, even when being driven briskly down twisty country lanes.
The steering is accurate and light enough to help when manoeuvring, although the set-ups in several rivals are better at telling you what the tyres are up to.