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.
- Decent fuel economy for a big 4x4
- Smart looks
- Luxurious cabin
- Looks very similar to its predecessor
- Expensive to buy
- No seven-seat option
Following a significant update in 2010, the Volkswagen Touareg is larger, more practical, more economical and has a nicer interior than before. It was updated again in September 2014, with small emissions and economy gains, 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 a generous level of 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 – though it does without a seven-seat option.