Used Volkswagen Touareg R50 (2008 - 2009) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 20 Oct 2014
3.5
The R50 is the performance model in the Touareg line-up but unusually uses a high-power diesel engine, rather than a petrol, which gives it superb pulling power. The engine itself is the same 5.

Volkswagen Touareg R50 (08-09)
Storming performance, comfortable and upmarket interior, stand out styling
Incredibly thirsty for a diesel, noisy under hard acceleration, V6 TDI is better value

New price range:

£63,735

Used price range:

£8,067 - £10,783

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The R50 is the performance model in the Touareg line-up but unusually uses a high-power diesel engine, rather than a petrol, which gives it superb pulling power. The engine itself is the same 5.0-litre V10 TDI that's available in the standard Touareg, but power has been increased to 350bhp, meaning it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds. It comes suitably attired with a flared body kit, brushed chrome trim and huge 21-inch alloy wheels to give it the 'bling' factor - subtle it certainly isn't.

On the move the air suspension does a decent job of minimising roll but it can't eliminate it totally and the firm ride means the R50 crashes over bumps. Worse still - woeful fuel economy, high emissions and a hefty list price mean the R50 makes little sense, especially compared to the V6 TDI.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

1 out of 5

Green credentials

1 out of 5

Buying used

2.5 out of 5

Selling

2.5 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

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