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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Touareg was awarded the maximum five starts for adult occupant safety in Euro NCAP crash tests and every car has dual front, side and full-length curtain airbags, Isofix child-seat mounting points, ABS and electronic stability control as standard. A deadlock and an alarm system takes care of security, while a keyless entry and start system is optional.

New safety features for 2007 include Front Scan - a form of adaptive cruise control that can slow the car down to a complete stop if an obstacle is sensed in front. Side Scan alerts the driver to another vehicle occupying the blindspot alongside the car before changing lanes on the motorway.

The rear seats have a 60/40 split, but can't slide or be removed, which hampers family practicality. Cubbies include a large air-conditioned glovebox, cupholders and various storage bins. Extra storage is available in the spare wheel compartment, if you choose to have the spare mounted on the tailgate (this is a cost option). The boot offers a total of 555 litres of storage space and up to 1,570 litres (up to roof height) with the rear seats folded down.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Touareg (03-09).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • CD
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Altitude equipment

Altitude standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Space saver spare wheel
Altitude optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
SE optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Sport equipment

SE Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Sport optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
Sport optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volkswagen Touareg (03-09) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.