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heycar review

      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Volkswagen’s big and premium SUV

Best bits

  • Huge cabin space and a big boot
  • Amazing infotainment functionality
  • Very quiet on the road

Not so great

  • Not as fun or as comfortable as some rivals
  • No seven-seat option
  • Trails the best for cabin quality

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

Volkswagen Touareg Left Side View

How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Touareg is a good car, but it competes in a class of truly great ones, and it can’t quite match the very best on quality, prestige or driver appeal. Still, if you love tech, this could still be the big SUV for you."

Volkswagen Touareg Front Side View

SUVs are all the rage at the moment, and none more so than big, luxurious ones. Buyers love them for the style, their desirability and their image, and they also love the fact that all this is combined with the practicality they need from their family car. If you’re a car manufacturer, you really can’t afford to be without one.


The Touareg is Volkswagen’s, and compared with other luxury SUVs, it ploughs its own furrow. Some try to tempt you with the ultimate practicality of seven seats with clever folding mechanisms (the Touareg only has five), while others make claims of being the sportiest-driving car in the class. The Touareg’s party piece, however, is rather different: it’s all about the tech.


Tech from an infotainment point of view, mainly. Whichever version of the car you go for, you’ll get a touchscreen system of at least 9.2-inches that has all sorts of clever functionality you might not have come across before: gesture controls, various connected services, the ability to operate the system through your smartphone. It’s got the lot.


Pick a higher spec model, though, and things go even further. The cabin is transformed by an even cleverer system that combines a 15-inch infotainment touchscreen with another 12-inch one behind the steering wheel to serve as the instruments. It’s so high-tech, it makes the Starship Enterprise look like a public convenience.


There’s technology elsewhere, too. The car shares the same underpinnings as exotic machinery such as the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus, and clever optional upgrades such as air suspension, four-wheel steering and active body roll mitigation are offered, even if they are very pricey indeed.


But in its standard form, the car is still a very capable thing to drive. It has an athletic edge (but not as overtly sporting as a Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5) and offers reasonable comfort (although it’s not as cosseting as an Audi Q7 or Mercedes GLE). That’s some pretty esteemed company to be in, and before you go thinking that Volkswagen’s offering could be a cheap option, don’t. The Touareg has enough zeros to match any of them.


However, there’s one important area in which the Touareg can’t match the rest: quality. Yes, it’s a very posh-feeling car overall, and most of the bits and bobs you look at and touch most often are as lustrous as they come. Look elsewhere, though, and you’ll see signs of cost-cutting that you just don’t see in the rest, and that might leave you feeling a little short-changed.


It does have its own advantages, though. It looks good, it can tow an impressive 3.5 tonnes and as a more left-field choice, it won’t be anywhere near as ubiquitous as the rest. If that appeals to you, then the Touareg could be right up your street.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Volkswagen Touareg (2010-2018) review.

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Is the Volkswagen Touareg right for you?

If - like everybody else - you want a luxury SUV, but you don’t want the same luxury SUV as everybody else, then the Volkswagen Touareg could really fit the bill. It’s something of a left-field choice in the class, with most people going for Audis, BMWs, Mercs or Range Rovers.


It’ll also suit you if you value technology over practicality. It doesn’t have seven seats like some rivals, but it does have heaps of clever infotainment functionality that’s capable of doing things you might not have thought possible. Towers of trailers and caravans should also take notice, as this car has an impressive maximum towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.


What’s the best Volkswagen Touareg model/engine to choose

On the engine front, you can’t really make a bad choice, but we’d stick with the entry-level one, the 231PS V6 diesel. It keeps the purchase price down, the fuel economy up, and it’s more than muscular enough to haul you around as quickly as you’ll ever want to go.


In terms of trim level, that much depends on your taste. The entry-level SE version has most of the luxury kit you want, but we reckon it’s worth upgrading to the SEL for its leather upholstery alone. 


Tech fans should note, though, that the show-stopping 15-inch touch screen arrangement doesn’t arrive until you hit the higher SEL Tech, R-Line Tech and Black Edition trims, so if your heart’s set on that, you’ll have to venture further up the range.

What other cars are similar to the Volkswagen Touareg?

As a large five-seat luxury SUV, the Touareg has no shortage of rivals. The BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE spring to mind as the most obvious, despite the fact that both can also be had with seven seats, and other seven-seaters such as the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 will also be trying to tempt you. Meanwhile there are any number of Land Rover and Range Rover products that could be considered rivals: Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Sport, you name it. The Lexus RX will also be an option for those who value reliability.

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Volkswagen Touareg Front Interior

On the inside

Volkswagen Touareg Rear View

Driving

Volkswagen Touareg Left Side View

How much does it cost to run

Volkswagen Touareg Left Side View

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the Tourareg R50?

The R50 was a high-performance version of the first generation Touareg (2002-2010) that took its name from its enormous 5.0-litre V10 diesel engine that produced 850Nm of torque.

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Is the Volkswagen Touareg reliable?

The current model is so new that we don’t have years of data and experience to help make a judgement, but the previous car (2010-2018) has performed well in most reliability surveys.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

Does the Volkswagen Touareg come as a seven-seater?

No. Unlike its sister car the Audi Q7 the Touareg only comes as a five-seater, which does mean you get a very large boot, but it lacks the passenger carrying flexibility of some rivals.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Is the Volkswagen Touareg a luxury car?

The first iterations of the Touareg were more understated, but the current model is one of the most luxurious (and expensive) in the entire Volkswagen range, and comes loaded with tech.

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How much boot space does the Touareg have?

The Touareg has a massive 810-litre loading bay with the seats in place - that’s slightly bigger than what you’ll find in an Audi Q7 and quite a lot more than you get in a BMW X5. Fold down the middle seats and you’ll free up a whopping 1800 litres of carrying capacity.

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell