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7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Touareg

£36,150£49,910
7/10
Overall verdict
The VW faces an uphill struggle against brand laden rivals, but is actually just as good.
 

For: 

Quality and size of interior, no need for bigger engines

Against: 

Same-price rivals wear more premium badges

Overview

What is it?

Volkswagen’s answer to the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the Porsche Cayenne. That’s a heavyweight battle if ever there was one. The current Touareg is the second-generation of the car and it is significantly better than the old model. Cabin ambience and quality have leapt forward, while an extreme weight-loss diet means the big SUV is more efficient than ever. A range of diesel engines are complemented by a hybrid version, though that’s a bit rubbish.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
3.0 V6 TDI BlueMotion Tech 262 R Line 5dr Tip Auto
7.3s 177g/km 42.2 262 £48,750
The cheapest
3.0 V6 TDI BlueMtn Tech 262 Response 5dr Tip Auto
7.3s 177g/km 42.2 262 £36,150
The greenest
3.0 V6 TDI BlueMotion Tec R Line Plus 5dr Tip Auto
8.7s 176g/km 42.2 204 £48,110
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