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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Volkswagen Touareg (10-18) review.

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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Volkswagen Touareg (03-09) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Great off road, premium car feel, astonishing V10 diesel, refined and quiet on the move, Bluemotion model available

CONS

Lacks the upmarket image of a BMW X5 or Range Rover Sport

PROS

Great off road, premium car feel, astonishing V10 diesel, refined and quiet on the move, Bluemotion model available

CONS

Lacks the upmarket image of a BMW X5 or Range Rover Sport

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Verdict

Volkswagen's Touareg has been a steady seller since its launch in 2003 offering a classy and comfortable car with good four-wheel drive ability. It was developed with the Porsche Cayenne, sharing much the same off-road hardware and a V6 petrol engine. However, Volkswagen has a rich diesel heritage, and the Touareg fitted with one of these engines offers the best illustration of what it can do, whether it's the hard-working 2.5 TDI, smooth 3.0 V6 TDI or the brutal 5.0 V10 TDI.

Changes for 2007 included a tweaked front end, plus the availability of new technology to make it safer and more accomplished whether on the road or in the wild. There's even a Bluemotion model, offering improved fuel economy and lower emissions, although it's still far from green.

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