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Volkswagen Touareg owner reviews

“The Volkswagen Touareg has a superb interior and lots of convenience and safety-boosting technology, but it's not a thrilling drivers' car”

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.2 out of 5

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Common Problems

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  • Engine (1 case)
  • Electrics (1 case)
  • Electrics, Engine (1 case)
  • Other (1 case)

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5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

R Line Tech 282

Year

2019

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Tell us what you think about your car?
This is the second Touareg I have owned, the last was a 2013 245 SE that I loved over 90k miles but this is a significant step forward. The ride is very smooth, and the gear changes are super smooth. Performance is incredible for its size and enough to embarrass most cars on the road. Its a practical family car for Sunday football, perfect for tip runs, long trips and holidays etc but also looks sophisticated for evenings out and business meetings without being too flash. I have covered 12k miles now and on some trips it has achieved 43mpg, almost matching economy on my wife's 2.0D VW Golf, which is amazing. Its very easy to have a heavy right foot and achieve much less that that though! My vehicle has air suspension, 4 wheel steering, active chassis, active headlights and innovision dashboard, which all works great and the agility of the car is fabulous. My only gripe is that there is no CD player (for convenience), hard plastic on the lower part of the centre console that is noticeable at times and there is sometimes a lag when pulling away from standstill, which I believe is down to the gearbox software, so I plan to get that reprogrammed shortly by a local specialist. I chose this over a Discovery and XC90 and am very pleased with my choice as it's a great all rounder and I expect it to be ultra reliable.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

R Line 262

Year

2014

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29
Tell us what you think about your car?
Love the car, comfy, bags of torque, real road presence. Had to have new discs and pads at 22000 and 44000 miles. Local independent VW specialist for the second set at a third of the main dealer cost. Had to have a new battery at 52000 miles which was a bit of a shock. No warning just would not start or allow remote entry. Learned a lot about key fob battery change and how to release the ignition key but had to rely on the VW man and his power pack to get going. Glad it was at home and not out in the wilds. Despite these annoying items I would have another.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

1 out of 5

Car Details

Model

R line tech 286

Year

2019

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28
Tell us what you think about your car?
Overhaul very poor, huge turbo lag causing it not to move when pulling out of junctions or stopping for traffic. The figures you see are completely wrong, especially the mpg and 0 to 62 time this is out by 1.5 seconds Currently speaking with VW directly. I don't recommend it.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

1 out of 5

Car Details

Model

3 litre Petrol R Line

Year

2019

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Tell us what you think about your car?
This car deploys its Emergency Braking System for no reason which is highly dangerous and frightening.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

3.0 TDI SE

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
The Touareg is a great family car. It’s comfortable to drive and it’s a good workhorse. With the current Eco agenda I feel guilty driving it but I will be sad to see it go. The downside is that it’s an expensive car to run when you have issues. In the 6-years of ownership, problems incurred; - injectors starting failing after 120,000 miles. Replaced the 1st one for £800. When the next one went a few later, replaced the remaining 5 for over £3k - front camera got damaged resulting in the adaptive cruise control failing. Over £1,000 to fix - rear washer wiper leaked causing boot lock to fail. £400 to fix. - it’s a wide car. It’s been dented several times in car parks from other drivers doors. Beware - The new Touareg is even wider! - one of the keyless lock sensors failed. Was quoted over £400 to replace. - don’t lose your keys! They cost over £400 to replace (I’ve lost mine twice)
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

R line tech

Year

2018

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
This R line tech package combines Luxury and comfort especially with the savona carbon hide comfort seats. The car just wafts along, the VW badge is very understated which I wanted in business. VW cars are expensive without showing off or being snobbish. It's beautifully finished, manages 40mpg plus on a run but is a bit thirsty around town. It's great value and has very good residuals. Sometimes I find the the technology is a bit over the top and unnecessary, though, maybe the lower spec versions make more sense?
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

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