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Volkswagen Touareg

(2018 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

57
%
D

Used car score:

54
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

70
%
B

Eco Rating:

41
%
D

Reliability Rating:

46
%
E

Running Costs:

31
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

57
%
D

Used car score:

54
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

63
%
D

Safety Rating:

70
%
B

Eco Rating:

41
%
D

Reliability Rating:

46
%
E

Running Costs:

31
%
E

Summary


The Volkswagen Touareg is a large SUV, which sits above the Tiguan in the Volkswagen SUV range. The current model is the third generation, which was launched in 2018. Like previous Touaregs, it shares much of its componentry with the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne – and all are built on the same production line in Bratislava.

A higher-performance plug-in hybrid model called the Touareg R was launched in early 2020, which is not covered here. We will update this page to include it once we have a sufficient number of UK reviews.

The Volkswagen Touareg has received mixed reviews from the UK media, varying from average to very good and with contrasting opinions regarding the car’s comfort and value for money.

Its overall Expert Rating of 57% (as of January 2024) is lower than most other Volkswagen models we have analysed. One of the main issues is that the Touareg is not that much cheaper than its highly-regarded sister model, the Audi Q7. The Touareg is also only a five-seater car, whereas the Audi Q7 and several other rivals offer seven seats.

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £55,325 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated: Spring 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2018
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 89%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 72%
Safety assist: 81%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Volkswagen Touareg has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

If and when the Touareg is tested by Green NCAP, we’ll publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Volkswagen Touareg has a poor reliability score of 29%, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided to The Car Expert by our partner MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation model and previous (pre-2018) models).

Nearly a third of all reliability problems relate to the Touareg’s electrical system, and fuel system faults are also common. These are both relatively expensive compared to other cars, with average repair bills of less than £400 and over £1,000 respectively. Also worth noting are the average costs of engine repairs (nearly £1,400) and gearbox repairs (more than £2,600), although neither of these are all that common.

Given the below-average reliability score and potentially expensive bills, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase for a Volkswagen Touareg covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models26 mpgE26 – 27 mpgE – E
Diesel models34 mpgD34 – 35 mpgD – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models248 g/kmD239 – 254 g/kmD – D
Diesel models214 g/kmD211 – 220 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models40C36 – 43C – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£279C
Year 2£725C
Year 3£1,209C
Year 4£1,497C
Year 5£1,979C
Overall£5,689C

The Volkswagen Touareg is a relatively expensive car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel economy is disappointing for both petrol and diesel models, though the latter will carry you a few extra miles per gallon. Insurance premiums sit at around the market average, while servicing and maintenance costs should be relatively affordable, if bordering on slightly expensive.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Touareg has received

2021

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for Towing

2019

  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Tow Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Best Tow Car over 1,700kg

2018

  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Tow Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Best Tow Car over 1,700kg

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If you’re looking at the Volkswagen Touareg, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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