I love this car but and fully load at $61k vs a Cayanne (assuming you don’t need the extra HP) it is a great deal. That said, my only criticism so far is the fuel economy rating. I am not sure sure how they got to 17 mpg when the best I can do is ~14mpg in normal stop and go traffic. I don’t do a lot of Highway miles so can’t comment on that yet.
Love the car. Would buy again despite some shortcomings like Nav and entertainment. The 3,0L diesel very quick and surprisingly quiet. 8 speed transmission perfect match for engine. However, the Nav system is borderline rubbish (VW Nav has always been crummy- have 2 other VW's 2014 Tiguan and 2015 Golf with same Nav issues). So I use Waze instead. The sound system is definitely rubbish... shouldn't be hard to get a good sound system on ANY car these days. Doesn't matter if playing CD or Bluetooth input from your iPhone- same result... blah! Handles great, and safety systems very good (radar based cruise control, lane change assist, etc.). I've recently sold my MBZ ML350. I like this better than that (except for the NAV and Entertainment). But all else better.
My Touareg is a joy to drive. It has all the bells and whistles you need and want. The all wheel drive system is capable and allows to drive on any surface with confidence and comfort. The interior is high scale and comparable to vehicles with a much higher ticket price. The engine is surprisingly efficient and powerful, considering is a smaller V6. The towing capacity is remarkable and flawless. The only negative is the support from the VW’s dealership network. So far not one dealership has provided a customer service that comes close to the quality of this car. I wish I could service it at an Audi or a Porsche shop, given that the Q7 and the Cayenne share the same chassis with the Touareg.