Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 4.1 - 4.4 mpp
Diesel engines 5.3 - 5.8 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 15.9 - 16.5 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 24.1 - 25.9 mpg
Diesel engines 32.1 - 34.9 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 94.2 - 97.4 mpg
  • It's not cheap to service or maintain...
  • But then, you shouldn't expect it be 
  • Best fuel consumption from the diesel

The 3.0-litre diesel V6 delivers the best claimed combined economy regardless of power output - you can expect 33.2-34.9mpg and 213-223g/km of CO2, on the WLTP 'real world' Combined test. This means a reasonably stout first-year VED car tax for private owners.

All cars come with an eight-speed automatic transmission with an Eco mode, and in gentle driving it improves fuel consumption markedly. Overall though this 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.

The petrol V6 performs less well here, as you'd expect, with 24.4-25.7mpg and 249-263g/km of CO2. While it's the fastest car overall, it doesn't have anywhere near as much torque as either diesel, and therefore feels a bit less flexible on the road. In other words you have to work it harder, which will have an effect on economy.

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 low CO2 claimed by the Q7 E-Tron. Volkswagen’s servicing and maintenance are competitively priced, and dealers are plentiful, too.

Reliability

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

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 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.

Volkswagen Touareg (2020) headlight

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £480 - £490
Insurance group 36 - 48
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