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What should I be paying?

There are four trim levels - V6 SEL, R-Line, R-Line Tech and Black Edition - plus the full-on Touareg R, so no lack of choice. Although if you hit the VW website you may see that there is no option for a factory order at the moment. That’s not because you can’t get a Touareg, just that VW has stock available that it needs to shift, so the advice is to contact a dealer.

Still, the base SEL 3.0-litre TDI weighs in at £55,885, with a walk-up to the bells’n’whistles Black Edition up at just under £65,305. The R is just under £72k, but comes with 462bhp. The base diesel is a 231bhp 3.0-litre V6 connected to an eight-speed auto (as are all Touaregs), but the slightly higher-powered 282bhp version of the same set-up is probably the preferred option, especially if you do any towing. Which apparently nearly 50 per cent of Touareg owners do.

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With the extra grunt, clogging the throttle will see 62mph off from a standstill in 6.1 seconds and onto a top speed of 146mph. Or 147mph if you’ve specced the optional air suspension. If you’re super careful, you can get 40mpg from it while it kicks out 214g/km of C02. There’s also a 335bhp V6 petrol available - beware mid-20s mpg - while the Chinese (the Touareg’s biggest market) have the option of a 362bhp plug-in hybrid version, we aren’t going to see that. Instead, we get the R, which combines a tax-friendly plug-in hybrid system with a 462bhp system output. 

Taking a mid-spec Touareg V6 R-Line with the lower-powered diesel and 34.4mpg officially, VW would be looking at PCP of 48 months at 10k miles per year at roughly £615 a month with three grand down. Though you can get that cheaper if you shop around a bit. So not cheap, but decent value for the vehicle on offer.

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