Prices remain reasonable in a market sector where the roof seems to have been lifted and manufacturers are racing to load their cars up with as much kit as possible and price them accordingly. You can put a Touareg on your drive for around £44,000, which is less than some Range Rover Evoque models. Interestingly, that price is in very much the same ballpark as the Porsche Macan diesel, a slightly smaller car which also seats five but fronts up with 255PS.
If you're still interested by the Touareg's extra space and versatility, you'll be pleased to find that it comes with a fairly decent slug of equipment, even in base SE trim. Your money buys you 19-inch 'Salvador' alloy wheels, satellite navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth, 2Zone climate control, leather upholstery, parking sensors and chrome roof rails. The Escape model gets all the off-road equipment as well as black roof rails and a headlight cleaning system while the sportier-looking R-Line version gets an R-Line body kit with bespoke bumpers front and rear, sill extensions and wheel arch extensions, 20-inch 'Tarragona' alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension, LED daytime running lights and a panoramic glass sunroof.
Most recently, Volkswagen has added in an even ritzier 'R-Line Plus' variant at the top of the range which it reckons more than half of Touareg buyers will choose. This includes larger 21-inch wheels, a 360-degree 'Area View' camera system and more luxurious 'Vienna' leather upholstery.