2008 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI

This Touareg is a decent SUV. The interior is very typical Volkswagen, which is nice, but not too luxurious. The engine is a torquey diesel and that screams Volkswagen to me. Few automakers have tried to give Americans the choice of diesel power the way Volkswagen has. I'd consider the V-10 TDI to be more than overkill given the recent spike in diesel prices; the 3.0-liter TDI I sampled in an Audi Q7 makes much more sense for most buyers. Still, I'm happy VW is offering some sort of diesel engine in an SUV. Mercedes-Benz and Jeep are the only other automakers to offer a diesel SUV right now. Without the diesel engine offering, the Touareg is just another SUV to me, but the available TDI puts it in another league.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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