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Should you buy a Volkswagen Touareg?

The Touareg may sit below the Audi Q7 and Q8 in the hierarchy of Volkswagen Group luxury SUVs, but in many ways it feels the most complete. It’s cheaper than its sibling cars, but reliance on the same components underneath means it feels every bit as good as those models – whether driving it or simply interacting with the interior.

Its comfortable ride and super high-tech interior will give the makers of the Land Rover Discovery and Mercedes-Benz GLE something to think about. The Touareg is the ideal model for long journeys, as its relaxed character is intended to cosset rather than to encourage keen drivers to press on. It's actually at its most appealing in entry-level SE form, as it offers great value for money, even if you lose some of the more desirable high-tech equipment.

The 3.0-litre V6 diesel SE has plenty of punch, and for most buyers it will deliver more than adequate performance and economy. That said, the V6 petrol – with its 340hp output – offers seriously strong performance and could be a good model to opt for if you're not a high-mileage driver.

Higher-specification Touaregs do start looking pricey, but they’re the ones with all the best equipment – including Volkswagen’s seriously impressive touchscreen infotainment system. It seamlessly blends screens together for an almost cinematic experience.

A much-needed tax-efficient plug-in hybrid model is on the way, catering to performance fans who are looking for the potential economy benefit of battery-assisted running. If this is important to you, it might be better to wait for this version to surface on the UK market.

The VW App Connect system is a must-have option, though, as it futureproofs the car for you and any subsequent owner. While the Touareg isn’t necessarily the most desirable premium SUV – and due to its lack of seven seats it’s not the most practical either – it does feel like one of the most complete.

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Volkswagen Touareg (2020) rear view