The Volkswagen Touareg is a capable off-roader and doubles as a luxurious family car
If you want a an SUV with a premium feel but not a premium price tag don’t worry because VW have created the Touareg especially for you because while it might share its underpinnings with the Porsche Cayenne it is actually a lot less expensive that other luxury off-roaders.
The good news is that it has a boot to match that of its other more costly competitors, which does not have a lip so you can just slide items straight in. There are many storage places to hide valuables and refreshments.
The quality is what you would expect from a VW product and all the controls are logically laid out and the standard touch-screen sat nav is easy to use. Actually the Touareg comes loaded with features as standard; including a full compliment of airbags, climate control, Bluetooth, leather seats, ipod connectivity, all-round parking sensors and a reversing camera. (Which can be upgraded to all-round cameras with four different views). The Touareg is sufficiently capable off-road for most buyers needs thanks to its electronic lockable differential and hill-decent control. You can get a version with slightly raised suspension for improved all-terrain capability called the ‘Escape’ or one with lower ride height for superior on-road handling called the ‘Altitude’.
In my opinion most people will be just fine with the standard SE model. You still sit high enough for a commanding view, while the accurate steering and grip of the four-wheel drive system and minimal body roll through corners enable the Touareg to hold its own on the twisty back roads. The reassuring handling has not compromised the comfort. It just glides over bumps, has a quiet cabin, refined engines and an slick eight speed automatic gearbox and very comfy seats.
All combine to form a car that is extremely relaxing to travel in. The 3.0-litre diesel option should return almost 40mpg. On the downside the back doors do not open that wide and rear seats are best for two due to a central ‘perch’ and transmission tunnel. There is also no seven-seat option.
Luxurious interior, great V6 diesel engine, stylish looks