VW Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI SE
07 June 2006
VW has supplemented the Touareg's diesel range with a new 3.0 TDI that sits between the 2.5 five-cylinder and 5.0 V10 units.
Excellent The 225PS V6 provides spirited performance, and is well-mated to the Tiptronic. Easy to drive and highly manoeuvrable for such a large vehicle.
Good Specification and commanding driver's viewpoint. Euro NCAP five-star safety rating. At £35,090 the Touareg 3.0 diesel represents good value in its own range and against rival 4x4s.
Average You need to pay extra for leather seating. Diesel engine only delivers 25.9mpg.
Poor Despite the Touareg's external dimensions, rear passenger accomodation is surprisingly peevish. High BIK tax burden. Lack of luxury cachet despite respected brand.
Verdict The Touareg that makes most sense with its combination of V6 diesel power and price.