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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • It won't be cheap to service or maintain...
  • But then, you wouldn't expect it be
  • Fuel consumption should be competitive

Volkswagen Touareg: what will it cost me to run?

The diesel-only Touareg won't be joined by other models until 2019, so you're stuck with a 286hp version that delivers a claimed combined economy figure of 40.9mpg. The 186g/km CO2 figure means reasonably chunky first-year VED car tax for private owners.

Based on our early drive, the Touareg's new engine delivers lots of punch without working too hard, so you won't need to resort to hypermiling to get decent fuel consumption out of it. Volkswagen’s servicing and maintenance are competitively priced, and dealers are plentiful.

We've no indication, yet, on how the depreciation will look on this car, but based on previous Touareg experience, it's likely to perform reasonably well, retaining around 60% of its value after three years and 36,000 miles. We'll update this figure once we have a clearer picture.

Volkswagen Touareg: will it be eco-friendly?

From launch, the Touareg weighs around two tonnes and is fitted with a 3.0-litre TDI diesel engine available in a single power output of 286hp. Needless to say, that lands this car with high overall emissions.

The overall CO2 figure of 182g/km is disappointing compared with the sister car, the Audi Q7, which manages 153g/km in 272hp 3.0-litre S Line form, riding on 20-inch wheels.

The eight-speed automatic transmission has an Eco mode, and in gentle driving it's said to improve fuel consumption markedly. We'll have to wait for the PHEV version, which has already been launched in China, and it will be interesting to see whether it gets close to the 48g/km claimed by the Q7 E-Tron.

  • Based on hardware proven elsewhere
  • Performance of all-new engine will be interesting
  • Historically, Touaregs are reliable and well-liked

Volkswagen Touareg: will it be reliable?

The Volkswagen Touareg uses a number of major components that have been tried and tested across the Volkswagen Group, so reliability in that respect should be good.

The new Innovision Cockpit system is untried, so we'll be interested to see how reliable this is, as is the case with the Matrix LED headlights.

The good news is that the previous-generation Touareg has a good overall reputation for quality, and that Parkers' readers rate it highly, with an overall score of 4.4 in the owners' reviews section. Volkswagen will be keen to continue this good performance.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,877 - £1,877 *
Diesel 131p £1,418 - £1,418 *

* 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.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
3.0 V6 TDi (231ps) Diesel,
3.0 V6 TDi (286ps) Diesel,
3.0 V6 TDi Diesel
173 g/km (Min) £465
3.0 V6 TSi (340ps) Petrol 203 g/km (Max) £465

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £465
Insurance group 38 - 42
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.