Volkswagen Touareg SUV (2010-2018) - Interior & comfort

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

Carbuyer Rating

3.8 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

4.0 out of 5

As a tall car, the Volkswagen Touareg gives you a very clear view of the road ahead and you feel insulated from your surroundings thanks to a quiet interior and comfortable seats.

Volkswagen Touareg dashboard

As you'd expect from an expensive model like this, the Touareg gets a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that can be adjusted for both rake and reach, making it easy to find you preferred driving position.

The interior in general is very high-quality, as you’d expect from VW. The controls are all laid out in a logical fashion and the touchscreen sat nav is easy to use. It's now previous-generation VW technology, though, so it can't help but look somewhat dated.

Equipment

Even the basic Volkswagen Touareg SE comes with 19-inch alloy wheels and a leather interior. Standard technology includes climate control, cruise control, parking sensors, reversing camera, a touchscreen sat nav and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

For entertainment, every car gets DAB digital radio and an MP3 player socket with an iPod adapter cable. A DVD changer and TV receiver are both expensive options.

Alternatively, the R-Line model adds 20-inch alloys (with a choice of design), a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and some unique styling touches to the SE’s standard equipment. It also has sports seats – worth considering if you find long journeys uncomfortable.

The range-topping R-Line Plus  has 21-inch alloy wheels, upgraded interior materials, including 'Vienna' leather upholstery, and Area View, which provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye exterior view via wide-angle cameras to make parking easier.

Options

Expensive options across the range include adaptive cruise control (which monitors the speed of the car in front and maintains a safe gap), as well as a parking heater that can warm the car up before you get in. The climate control is two-zone as standard, but can be upgraded to four-zone for around £700. You can also get the panoramic sunroof that’s standard on the R-Line model as an option elsewhere in the range – this costs around £1,200.

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