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Eldest lad had a Toureg (bigger hp version) and I had a drive. Quite quick, but possibly the most uncomfortable car I have driven and I have owned 113 and driven many, many more.

He changed it for a Merc GLE - not as quick, but far better ride. 

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BMW is the drivers car, Mercedes the passengers car, Audi somewhere in-between as a general rule. We've never considered VW in that segment of vehicle but there were some stunning lease deals on Touareg a few years ago - they are effectively a less plush alternative to the Audi equivalent and generally considered a bit more work-horse. 

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1 hour ago, millrace said:

So what do yous consider "thirsty"....bearing in mind the size of these car......

Friends mum had the X5 in diesel and barely got 20mpg out of it. It ended up being wrote off after some water got in driving through a flood and killed the electrics and soaked the carpets, I actually couldn't believe it but there ya go!

My neighbour has the diesel V6 toureg and it's rarely used because he says its so thirsty. Mind you he's had it a long time and won't get rid of it as it's such a nice wagon to drive, it's more of a Sunday driver to him I think. Even the 2ltr diesel is a nice thing to drive, took my friends for a run and it was great, as much as he loved it he actually traded it in for a petrol Honda CRV.

The other thing to bear in mind never mind the thirst of these cars is the massive road tax on them.

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Well to be getting 20mpg they need to remove their right foot from the pedal.....

I've 3ltr v6 top spec mrs drives it to and from work 3mile in 3 mile out and then general weekly driving.....

Current average 30mpg......combined all driving......

So thirsty no I dont think so

Comfortable....pleasure to drive plenty of room and tells me if it wants serviced.....

In fairness we dont do big mileage but it's like this for what it costs per mile is more than matched in comfort.....

And if you get pre march 17plate your not into big tax bracket if buying used.....

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I think there are only 2 diesels now with the Touareg, and the 3ltr comes in 201 or 262 bhp, will go for the 262. Dont think its a massive amount of road tax to be honest, we pay 260 odd now on an old crv and the VW is 320 i believe.

Again not bothered too much about the mpg, i have a passat as my daily drive which is stupidly economical, and the Touareg/x5 will just be a second motor.

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I had the 3.0tdi Touareg on a 14 plate. R line spec with the air suspension. Really comfy car!! on a run it would do about 36/38 mpg around town 28/30mpg  good quality car. It did also have the upgraded comfort seats that you could adjust electrically even the side wings so you could get the seats to hug you if required. I test drove an X5 and felt like i was back in my lowered escort, the ride was so hard you felt every bump in the road. I only got rid of The Touareg because i needed to get a truck through my business, so i ended up buying the amarok due to liking the V6 tdi engine. 

 

 

 

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A friend of mine had the toe rag 3.0 tdi and was lucky to get 22 out of it. She has swapped to a q7 and gets over 30.

She must have altered her driving. Same engine, but Q7 a lot heavier than Touareg.

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I had an X5.  3.0 diesel.  Not thirsty (30 mpg plus, even 35 on a long run), nice comfortable vehicle on the road .............. but utterly useless off road.  I suspect main problem was the tyres, though ground clearance was also limited.

Downside was again tyres - expensive and fairly limited life.

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I have had both the Touareg 2.5tdi R  (04 and i am now running an 06 3.0d X5, they are both very different, the VW was one of the most comfortable cars i had ever driven - but was let down by a poor engine, most of its life was spent on motorways going up and down the country for work and even on decent runs i never saw more than 27mpg, The Beemer is no where near as good off road, the engine is pretty quick and i regularly get in excess of 35mpg driving at normal road speeds, servicing so far has been fairly pain free, Tyres £360 for a set of 4  ( 20" rims and low profiles) both cars are expensive to service, and if things start to break they can both get very expensive very quickly, in fact my Touareg had a massive engine failure after having a stupid amount of money spent on it (£3500 - service, brakes, pads, tyres and a brand new Turbo), it was going to cost more than £ 7000 to replace the motor, I would have another Touareg tomorrow as long as its the 3.0 ltr version this time.

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