Costing almost £60,000, the Touareg is keeping some pretty illustrious company. And for the most part, it does live up to its premium price tag. Look close enough, and there are some hard plastics on the lower doors and dash. Push the starter button, however, and the Innovision Cockpit lights up. The screens are seriously impressive, and equal or better any displays in competitors. The lack of a third row will rule out the Touareg for some buyers, but if space for five is enough, it has plenty of room. The front is spacious and the seats extremely comfortable. Those in the back are scarcely worse off, with space for tall adults to stretch their legs. The boot is huge and can easily be extended by folding the back seats, using levers on either side of the tailgate. In everyday driving, this is a sophisticated companion. The cabin is hushed at speed, and the 3.0-litre diesel delivers imperious performance. With the optional air suspension set to ‘Comfort’ mode, the big VW covers long distances with poise. Most importantly, the Touareg is a superb tow car. It has been a while since we tested a car in such strong winds, but the VW quickly eased our nerves. Few tow cars combine such strong acceleration with exceptional stability. So it might be expensive for a car wearing a VW badge, but we rate the Touareg very highly indeed. The Tow Car Awards 2019 are still several months in the future, but Volkswagen’s flagship SUV looks like a very promising contender.
Towing at speed On the motorway at 60mph the engine is quiet, while on hillier roads the Touareg has no trouble maintaining its performance