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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Volkswagen Touareg (10-18) review.

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

New price £28,600 - £59,810
Used price £1,110 - £9,005
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £325 - £570
Insurance group 37 - 49 How much is it to insure?


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


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

Volkswagen Touareg rivals

4 out of 5 4.0

Written by David Ross on

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.

Volkswagen Touareg rivals

4 out of 5 4.0

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