I have always had an issue with cars whereby I get bored of them pretty quickly if they are too slow, boring or generally just don’t feel special and after owning over 100 cars I can honestly say the V10 Touareg is the ideal car for me on a daily basis. It is by no means perfect but it is generally pretty good at everything.
Last month we wafted down to Switzerland for some snow and sunshine. Over 2000 miles covered in rain snow and ice, the Touareg was on fire in the snow and handled impeccably with its recently fitted Pirelli snow tires. We were not going to change the tires but I am so glad we did. Road manners have completely changed for the better both in the wet, mud and snow. No more understeer on wet muddy british roads and oodles of grip in the snow. Summer is now upon us and I know I should change them back to summer tires or all seasons but with the variable weather we have had in the UK I think I will just keep them on. One of the best things about the Touareg is the Webasto heater in cold weather which kicks in when the temperature is below 8 degrees C (correct me if I am wrong) and brings the whole car up to temperature and a much faster rate.
More recently we have had to move a 27ft power boat for a friend which involved backing the trailer so far down the boat ramp we actually dropped it off the end of the ramp however the 5.0 V10 did it stuff and pulled the boat out with ease. We had to take it down the road (only 8 miles) but the car performed great even though we had the weight wrong on the trailer. I am hoping to be doing more boat moving in the future and I hope to keep the Touareg for as long as possible. It has the weight and power for towing but my only gripe is the detachable towbar.
So general day to day duties it is great at and is a fantastic bit of kit, it covers ground extremely fast and is generally quite good on fuel for the size of engine and performance. With mixed driving and disregard for fuel consumption I am getting around 21mpg and if your careful you can get 26mpg. Handling is okay for a 4×4 but it does wallow on corners sometimes dependant on what mode the suspension is set in.
In 10,000 miles we had a couple of issues, one was the prop shaft carrier bearing which is common on both the Touareg and Porsche Cayenne and the other was the air suspension pump. All those repairs were carried out along with a service ( 13 litres of oil capacity!). I am just over 104k now.
I would have one again tomorrow!