Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Touareg was awarded the maximum five star rating for adult safety in the Euro NCAP crash tests along with a four star rating for child protection. It comes with stability control (ESP), trailer stabilisation, rollover sensors (which deploys head/thorax airbags if a rollover is imminent) and hydraulic brake assist (which reduces braking distances).

The top of the range Touareg also has six airbags along with Isofix mounting points.

Although the rear seats in the R50 split 60/40 they don’t slide and can’t be removed which hampers practicality. However, there is a ski-hatch (allowing you to slide long items through a gap in the seats) while up front stowage includes a large air-conditioned glovebox, cupholders and various cubbyholes. The boot is 555 litres with the seats in place – that’s plenty big enough for a few large suitcases, but compared to alternatives like the BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class it lags behind.

However extra storage is available in the R50 as it comes with a tyre mobility pack instead of a spare wheel, thus freeing up space. The large tailgate also incorporates a separate opening window – ideal if you’re in a multi-storey car park or need quick access to the boot. When it comes to towing the R50 is one of the best around, capable of pulling up to 3,500kg while a factory-fit towbar with trailer stabilisation is available as an option.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Touareg R50 (08-09).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • 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:

R50 equipment

R50 standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
R50 optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volkswagen Touareg R50 (08-09) 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.