Firstly the question of luxury. The Touareg is certainly a well-equipped and nicely appointed vehicle. From the base model – the Sport – to the flagship Executive model, each level of Touareg comes with a pleasing list of trim coming as standard. The interior is certainly built to a luxury level; a roomy cabin (both front and back) that’s nicely laid out, comfortable upright seating position, and a quality appearance and feel.
VW have worked hard on the Touareg’s sports-like credentials and it has to be said their toil has been successful. The original Touareg was labeled as unwieldy at best, agricultural at worst, however a diet and makeover gave the second generation Touareg a much prettier look and a considerably reduced curb weight. The lightness coupled with VW’s potent VR6 FSI gasoline or V6 TDI diesel engines running through the 4Motion all-wheel drive system allow the Touareg to all but match a Porsche Cayenne’s 0-60mph times.
As well as working on establishing a sporty side to the Touareg, VW have not lost sight of its reputation for being rugged. Ground clearance is higher than many in its class, towing ability is impressive and – although it’s unlikely many Touaregs will ever face this – it is a worthy workhorse when taken off-road.
Lastly, the Touareg can seat five adults in relative ease (four in great comfort) and has plenty of room for cargo. As far as family transporters go, the Touareg certainly fits the bill.
So the Touareg checks all the crossover luxury SUV boxes: it has luxury refinements, it’s sporty, and it can easily accommodate the whole family.