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Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

Having won its category in 2013, the Volkswagen Touareg faced some new challenges this year. Not only was it competing against a new Range Rover Sport, but a change in the Australia’s Best Cars category structure also meant the Touareg was up against the more serious off-roaders such as the Land Rover Discovery and Jeep Grand Cherokee. It meant the winning vehicle had to combine superlative luxury with excellent abilities both on and off road, and all for a reasonable price.

The Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI did just that. 

The Touareg’s air suspension with adaptive damping control allows it to vary its ride height by more than 150mm, meaning it can traverse muddy and rocky trails while cossetting its occupants in the utmost luxury. When the road smooths, it can lower itself close to the road, optimising its centre of gravity. Another standout feature was the comfort of its front seats, which were judged class-leading thanks to wide adjustability and excellent support. 

Safety is another strong area for the Touareg, boasting nine airbags, fatigue detection and an off-road function within the anti-lock braking system. In the end, the Touareg offered an unbeatable combination of safety, build quality, off-road ability, on-road handling and pricing. 

Indicative Drive Away Price: $87,563

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Criteria out of 10 – Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

Value for Money  Rating
Pricing  6H
Depreciation  6H
Running and Repair Costs  4L
Fuel Consumption  5M
Warranty and Dealer Access  4M
Insurance  8L
Standard Features  7H

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

On the Road  Rating
Performance  7H
Ride  7C
Handling  8H
Braking  7M
Smoothness and Quietness  8H

Off the Road  Rating
General Off-Road Ability  7H

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

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