Volkswagen Touareg SUV

Price  £43,605 - £48,405

Volkswagen Touareg SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Solid, well built cabin
  • Smart, restrained styling
  • Decent fuel economy and CO2
  • Quite expensive to buy
  • Seven seats not available
  • Feels a bit dated overall

At a glance

The greenest
SE V6 TDI 204 PS 5dr £43,605
The cheapest
SE V6 TDI 204 PS 5dr £43,605
The fastest
SE V6 TDI 262 PS 5dr £45,405
Top of the range
R-LINE V6 TDI 262 PS 5dr £48,405

"The Volkswagen Touareg is a decent road car, but under the luxurious interior lurks the mechanicals of a serious off-road machine."

The Volkswagen Touareg is the biggest SUV in the VW range. It's a sister model to the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne, but it's not quite as luxurious as either of those models and therefore a bit cheaper to buy. It also does without the most powerful engines offered in those cars. Rivals outside the VW Group for the Touareg include the desirable BMW X5 and Land Rover Discovery.

Although the Touraeg can’t quite match the Discovery's imperious off-road ability, it's still a pretty rugged vehicle and all models have four-wheel drive as standard. Power comes from one of two 3.0-litre turbodiesel engines, making either 201 or 258bhp. Interestingly, both have the same claimed fuel-economy figure of 42.8mpg. VW used to offer a larger V8 diesel engine and a Volkswagen Touareg Hybird, but these have both been discontinued in the UK.

Unlike some rivals, the Touareg can’t be specified with seven seats, so it's not as versatile as some family buyers might like. There's plenty of room inside nonetheless, along with typically tough VW build quality. The Touareg isn’t quite as classy inside as a Q7 or Cayenne, but it's comfortable and quiet on the move and can carry lots of luggage in its large boot.

The Touareg comes in three trim levels – two suited primarily to on-road use and one that puts the focus on off-road capability. The first two are SE and R-Line and the latter is called Escape. All models get gadgets such as DAB digital radio, sat nav and climate control as standard, while Escape adds improved underbody protection and some clever electronics that boost the car's ability to tackle rough terrain.

You’ll need in the region of £43,000 to get into an entry-level Touareg, and around another £3,000 if you fancy the sportier R-Line model. The Escape is slightly cheaper than that, at around £45,000. Resale value is reasonable, but not as good as the more upmarket Land Rover Discovery and Porsche Cayenne.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.9 / 5

Clever BlueMotion technology ensures the Volkswagen Touareg isn't too expensive to run

Engines, drive & performance

4.2 / 5

Based on the Porsche Cayenne, the Volkswagen Touareg is good to drive, with powerful diesel engines

Interior & comfort

4.2 / 5

A comfortable and well built interior allows the Volkswagen Touareg to compete with more upmarket rivals

Practicality & boot space

4.7 / 5

The back seats in the Volkswagen Touareg are easy to fold for maximum carrying capacity

Reliability & safety

5 / 5

The Volkswagen Touareg feels solidly built, but there are a few question marks over VW reliability

What the others say

3.8 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
"While it's true the Touareg isn’t as capable as the Land Rover when the going gets tough, the VW does have hill decent control and switchable driving modes – 'on-road' and 'off-road'."
4 / 5
"For starters there's a punchy but smooth V6 diesel mated to an eight-speed auto tiptronic gearbox. It's probably not the most enticing combination you’ve read about on this website, but engine and transmission work together very well, and can hustle the two-ton Touareg along with plenty of vigour."
7 / 10
"The seats are big, the engines sound a long way away and most luxuries are to hand. The only problem is a shuddery ride."
What owners say 
4 /5 based on 59 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
28 Sep 2015
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