All the engines in the line-up offer reasonable Volkswagen Touareg running costs but the V6 TDI is the best for drivers planning on covering long distances as 2014 models onwards can average 42.8mpg.
Thanks to reasonable CO2 emissions, it avoids the most expensive car tax brackets too, unlike the V8 TDI.
Volkswagen servicing is reasonable priced compared to the likes of BMW or Mercedes-Benz and the dealers have a good reputation for customer care, although not up to the standards of Lexus or Audi. Volkswagen often has fixed price servicing offers available on new cars. For a one off payment, this covers three years or 30,000 miles of servicing and can be transferred to a subsequent owner.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,711 - £1,711 *|
|Diesel||131p||£1,418 - £1,921 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Variable according to on-board computer.|
|Warranty||Three years/60,000 miles.|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£145 - £555
See tax rates for all versions
36 - 48
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
Volkswagen Touareg emissions levels improved noticeably after the 2014 facelift, due to improvements to the 3.0-litre V6 TDIs and the remove of the Hybrid and V8 TDI from the UK line-up.
Choose the V6 TDI with a 201bhp output for the best results of 173g/km of CO2. Even the worst offending 259bhp Escape model, with its increased ride height, is only 180g/km.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
3.0 V6 TDi (204ps) Diesel,
3.0 V6 TDi Diesel
|176 g/km (Min)||£235 - £465|
|4.2 V8 TDi Diesel||239 g/km (Max)||£555|
Like other German brands, Volkswagen has a high reputation for build quality and reliability, something which is evident in the Touareg.
It hasn't been all plain sailing as far as Volkswagen Touareg reliability is concerned. Some early examples of the previous model had a few teething problems but overall it has proved trouble-free for most owners and Volkswagen dealers should swiftly act to sort out any problems should they occur.
Broadly, most reports regarding this generation of Touareg are positive.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|