Volkswagen Touareg SUV

£43,605 - £48,405

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.