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Volkswagen Touareg SUV - Reliability & safety

VW customer satisfaction is average but the Volkswagen Touareg boasts impressive safety kit

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While a mid-table finish might not sound overly positive, Volkswagen finished ahead of some of its key rivals in our latest Driver Power survey. The Touareg also has some of the most advanced safety technology yet seen in the brand's cars and received the full five stars from Euro NCAP. In these respects, the Touareg certainly lives up to its billing as VW’s flagship SUV.

Volkswagen Touareg reliability

It’s fair to say VW hasn’t always had the smoothest ride in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey in recent years, and the German brand could only manage 17th out of 29 manufacturers in 2021. This did place it above Audi, Land Rover, BMW and Mercedes, however. Volkswagen buyers reported that infotainment and running costs were the strongest areas, and around a fifth of owners told us about a fault within the first 12 months.

Safety

The list of safety kit available for the Touareg reads like the vital statistics of a comic-book car, with night vision to help see pedestrians and animals in the dark and semi-autonomous driving aids that can take over the controls in heavy traffic. The Touareg will also recognise road signs, warn you if you’re getting tired, keep you in your lane and brake for you if it senses a collision is imminent and you haven’t reacted.

The Touareg received a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, including 89% and 86% for adult and child occupant protection respectively, as well as an impressive 81% in the safety assist category.

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