The Parkers Verdict
The Touareg may sit at the bottom of the hierarchy of Volkswagen Group SUVs, but in many ways it feels like one of the best. 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 Land Rover Discovery and Mercedes-Benz GLE sleepless nights. 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.
That’s not to say it lacks performance. Even the entry-level diesel model has plenty of punch, and for most buyers it will be more than adequate. With that being said, the V6 petrol – with its 340hp output – offers seriously strong performance and could be a good model to opt for if you only do short mileages.
A V8 petrol and plug-in hybrid model are both on the way, catering to performance fans and those looking for the best fuel economy respectively. If either of these are important to you, it might be better to wait for these powertrains to surface on the UK market.
Higher-specification Touaregs do start looking a bit pricey, but they’re the ones with all the best equipment – including Volkswagen’s seriously impressive touchscreen infotainment system. Named Innovision, it seamlessly blends screens together for an almost cinematic experience. The standard infotainment setup isn’t bad, but we’d suggest having a play with Innovision to see if you think it’s worth the extra outlay.
The Car App connectivity is a must-have option, though, as it futureproofs the car for you and any subsequent owner.
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 – but it feels like one of the most complete.