Best luxury SUV over $65,000

Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

Volkswagen has done it again, with the Touareg V6 TDI eclipsing the field.

The electrically adjustable driver’s seat ensures people of all shapes and sizes won’t have any trouble being comfortable. There’s plenty of adjustability built into the second row, too, meaning back seat passengers with longer legs can be accommodated easily, and luggage space can be increased or decreased as needs dictate.

The Touareg’s cabin is quiet at any speed and controls are nicely laid out, with sensible access to their main functionality – a point reflected in its class-leading ergonomics score.

A comprehensive safety inventory ensures Touareg is a sensible and safe family hauler. Items include nine airbags, ABS (with off-road function), ESC, hill hold start assist and hill descent control.

Touareg is seriously capable off road. Its 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system is exceptional and the adjustable air suspension system delivers both comfort and clearance.

The V6 TDI engine is a powerhouse. There’s 180kW on offer, along with 550Nm of peak torque delivered from a mere 2000rpm. It’s fuel efficient, too.

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Australia's Best Cars Best Luxury SUV over $65,000 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

Indicative Drive Away Price: $86,603

Criteria out of 10 – Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI


Value for Money   Rating 
Pricing  8M
Depreciation  9H
Running Costs  4L
Fuel Consumption  6M
Warranty and dealer access   4H
Insurance  7L
Standard Features  7C

Design and Function   Rating 
Safety  7C
Environment  7C
Comfort  9C
Space  7H
Practicality  8H
Ergonomics  9H
Build and Finish  8C

On the Road   Rating 
Performance  8H
Ride  9C
Handling  8H
Braking  9H
Smoothness and Quietness   8H
Off-road ability   8M

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.