Against its rivals, the Volkswagen Touareg TDI does seem to represent pretty decent value, given its excellent levels of performance, space, equipment and economy.

On average we recorded 31.8mpg fuel economy from the 262 3.0 TDI, and this included a fair amount of high-speed cross-country driving. Ambling along a motorway it’ll do close to 35mpg, which is impressive for a two-tonne 4x4 that’s as quick as this. The official average isn’t too far away at 38.2mpg.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
Equipment levels are strong on all three trim levels

The economy champion of the range is the 204 3.0 TDI, but its official figures are only marginally better than those of the higher powered unit. 

Depreciation has been good for the Touareg. It should still retain almost half of its value after three years and 36,000 miles, which is only very slightly below the equivalent BMW X5.

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