Volkswagen Touareg SUV

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 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 the Touareg engine range is good – it includes two 3.0-litre diesels, a flagship 4.2-litre V8 diesel, and a petrol electric hybrid.

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

Trim levels include SE, Escape, R-Line and Hybrid. 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.