The Touareg is good value new, but it's even better as a used buy. All cars come well equipped with leather seats, Bluetooth and sat-nav as standard, so don't be fooled into thinking these are optional extras.
If you're going to be towing regularly, it's worth finding a car with the optional air suspension fitted while if you intend to tackle off-road terrain more seriously, look for an Escape, which has a central and rear differential plus a low range gearbox. The most popular model is the 3.0 V6 TDI R-Line with the 259bhp engine option, so these will be most plentiful on the used market.
Ensure all the equipment works as it should and that it's been looked after - avoid cars that look unloved or damaged from inconsiderate off-roading. Similarly check all the paper work tallies up and that it's been serviced and maintained as it should have been.
Ease your doubt further with a Parkers Car History Check to discover any secrets such as outstanding finance.
Second-hand buyers will be familiar with the Touareg name and it's further helped by Volkswagen's reputation for build quality and reliability.
The 3.0-litre V6 TDI is the most sought after, thanks to its economy, while a high level of standard kit will always be appealing to used buyers.
Ensure too that all the paperwork is complete including a fully documented service history and that any parking scrapes and wheel damage have been replaced. Buyers will be reassured by a wad of paperwork rather than a pristine-looking car with negligible provenance.
It's also worth giving the car a thorough valet, removing everything barring the essentials from the interior and photographing the car well for the advertisements.