Review

Volkswagen Touareg SUV

£43,415 - £48,215

The Volkswagen Touareg is based on the Porsche Cayenne but is significantly cheaper to buy and does without the more powerful engines that are available with the Porsche. It also competes with the Land Rover Discovery 4 and the BMW X5.

Off-road toughness and on-road ability are two things the VW does quite well. All models come with four-wheel drive and there's a choice of two 3.0-litre diesel engines, a 201bhp and 258bhp version, both of which can return 42.8mpg. The larger V8 TDI diesel and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid model were both dropped from the UK line-up in 2014.

The Touareg doesn’t come with the option of seven seats, but it does have a spacious and well-built cabin, even if it doesn't boast the same premium feel of the Porsche Cayenne.

Trim levels include SE, R-Line and Escape. Every Touareg gets 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a DAB radio and parking sensors. If you plan to use your Touareg off-road then the Escape model comes fitted with clever electronics and protection for the underside of the car that should make it even more capable in rough conditions.