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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The interior has a real premium car feel, having more in common with the Volkswagen Phaeton luxury saloon than the smaller cars in the range. Both front seats adjust for height, even on the cheapest models. New features available from 2007 include Front Scan – a form of adaptive cruise control which can slow the vehicle to a complete halt. Side Scan is also new for 2007 which warns the driver if another vehicle is in his or her blindspot, working as a lane-changing aid.

The quality is exceptional and the large buttons and switches add to the rugged off-road feel. The layout isn’t especially modern, but the controls are all easy to work.

The Touareg has a roomy interior that feels well insulated from the outside world. Engine noise is muted, and from 2007 there is a new design of door mirror to improve aerodynamics and reduce wind noise. All models come with air conditioning and electric windows, as well as adjustable vents in the rear.