The original Volkswagen Touareg was famous for offering a 5.0-litre V10 diesel engine that made it one of the most powerful models in its class.
Sadly, the second generation model (released in 2010) signalled its demise, but the new car offers much of what the old one did – it’s a big SUV that’s cheaper to buy than an equivalent BMW X5, Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90. That last point is particularly true if you factor in the huge average saving you’ll make if you buy one via carwow.
Despite offering more space inside, the new Touareg is 10 per cent lighter than the model it replaces. Its interior is also solidly built, but lacks the premium feel of the upmarket models the Touareg competes with.
The quality of the drive is much improved. It may not offer the thrills of a BMW X5, but some testers report it feels like a big Golf to drive – an impressive feat for something so large.
In many ways the Touareg feels like a very, very big Golf
Volkswagen hasn’t bothered offering a petrol option (sales would simply be too low) instead buyers get two 3.0-litre diesels to choose from, with either 204 or 262hp. Both offer decent performance, but fall behind the best in class in terms of fuel economy.