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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Touareg

Overall verdict
The VW faces an uphill struggle against brand laden rivals, but is actually just as good.


Quality and size of interior, no need for bigger engines


Same-price rivals wear more premium badges


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 180g/km 42.2 262 £49,240
The cheapest
3.0 V6 TDI BlueMtn Tech 262 Response 5dr Tip Auto
7.3s 180g/km 42.2 262 £36,640
The greenest
3.0 V6 TDI BlueMotion Tec R Line Plus 5dr Tip Auto
8.7s 176g/km 42.2 204 £48,600
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