Review

Volkswagen Touareg SUV

Price  £42,120 - £61,635

Volkswagen Touareg SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Decent fuel economy for a big 4x4
  • Smart looks
  • Luxurious cabin
Cons
  • Looks very similar to its predecessor
  • Expensive to buy
  • Hybrid model is noisy

The Volkswagen Touareg SUV has been around for nearly a decade, though it got a significant update in 2010. The Touareg comes in six main specifications – the entry-level SE, followed by the Altitude, the Escape, then the R-Line, Hybrid and top-of-the-range R-Line V8. It's major focus is on luxury, but it does have the ability to tackle more extreme conditions than most drivers ever hope to experience. The current model is much lighter than the original, despite having bigger dimensions, and this weight reduction brings a notable improvement in fuel economy across the whole range. The Hybrid model is the newest member of the range, although the TDI diesel engines still offer the best blend of economy and performance, making us wonder why the hybrid was introduced. All in all, the Touareg is a decent SUV that suffers a little for its age, although it still holds its own in terms of comfort and luxury to some degree.