Volkswagen pulls no punches with the new Touareg. It’s one of the best big 4x4s for tow car drivers.

The Touareg’s biggest fault in some eyes will be the absence of a third row of seats, even as an option. However, if five seats are enough, no passenger goes short of space. Some might feel the cabin isn’t special enough on a car that costs more than £40,000, but you do get plenty of toys included in the price.

The best plaything of the lot is the 3.0-litre diesel engine. With 237bhp and 406lb ft of torque it drags the Touareg and a caravan from 30-60mph in just 9.8 seconds. It’s refined as well as powerful.

With its electronic parking brake, there’s no danger of rolling backwards on a steep slope, and the V6 easily pulled car and van to the top of the test hill.

At high speeds the Touareg is stable and assured, with the Al-Ko ATC sensors recording very little movement. In the lane-change test the VW was well on top of things, right up until the final high-speed run, when the back of the car was pulled out of line.

The official combined economy figure of 37.2mpg is impressive, and you can expect the car to hold on to 48% of the original price after three years.

2017
Category Winners
2017 Up to 1400kg

Skoda Octavia Estate

2.0 TDI 150PS SE L DSG

2017 1400-1549kg

Skoda Superb

2.0 TDI 150PS SE L Executive

2017 1550-1699kg

Jaguar XF

2.0 i4 180PS RWD Portfolio Auto

2017 1700-1899kg

Jaguar F-Pace

3.0D S

2017 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*

2017 Best Budget 4x4

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

1.4 BoosterJet Allgrip SZ5 4x4 auto

2017 Best Hybrid

Volvo XC90

T8 Twin Engine Momentum

2017 Best MPV

Ford S-Max

2.0 TDCi 180PS Titanium

2017 Best Petrol Tow Car

Audi A4 Allroad

2.0 TFSI Quattro S tronic

2017 Best Pick-up

Volkswagen Amarok

3.0 TDI 224PS 4x4 Aventura Auto

2017 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Hyundai i30

1.4 T-GDi Premium

2017 Fuel Economy Award

Skoda Superb

2.0 TDI 150PS SE L Executive

Previous Winners
2016
1400-1549kg

Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business

2015
1400-1549kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG

2014
1400-1549kg

Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

2013
Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance

2012
1725–1899kg

Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury

2011
1425-1574kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport

2010
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS

2009
1900kg+

Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic

2008
1575-1724kg

Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto

2007
1575-1724kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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