There’s only one figure in this review you need to know. 750 Newton metres. That’s it. You can skip to the end now. Seriously, it’s that figure which dominates this car.
You see, Volkswagen have seen fit to endow the Touareg with possibly the best diesel engine on the market today. Yes, ze Germans are good at their stuff. For those that scoff at it being “just a diesel”, 5-litres in V10 guise and twin turbos will make up for any compromise you might think you have to live with.
Hop in to the smooth, soft leather, 16-way adjustable electric seats, and don’t bother putting a key into the dash – you don’t need to. It knows the key is in the car. Foot on the brake, and press the now ubiquitous start/stop button, and the starter motor churns, quickly firing up all ten cylinders. But if the 600W stereo is up a little, you won’t even know it’s idling.