Ver­dict

Practical Caravan - - Showroom | Tow Car Test -

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

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