The Volkswagen Touareg is Volkswagen's luxury 4x4 and competes with the Land Rover Discovery 4, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. It's offered in five different trim levels, all of which are well equipped, including the Escape model - which is optimised for going off-road - and a hybrid. The hybrid model manages to be the fastest Volkswagen Touareg while boasting the lowest emissions. Despite that, TDI turbodiesel versions are the biggest sellers, with Volkswagen offering three different diesel engine.
- Solid, well built cabin
- Facelift smartens up looks
- Improved economy and emissions
- Still expensive to buy
- No seven-seat option
- Feels dated overall despite facelift
Following a significant update in 2010, the Volkswagen Touareg is larger, more practical, more economical and more luxurious than before. It was updated again in September 2014, with small improvements to its CO2 emissions and fuel economy, as well as the retirement of the hybrid and V8 TDI diesel models. The Touareg is one of the more expensive large 4x4s on the market, but it justifies its price with generous standard equipment and all-round ability. It compares well with the Land Rover Discovery 4 and even the more expensive BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class – although it does without a seven-seat option.