Originally Posted by Lostboy
I'm glad you like the D3, particularly as I was keen to like it when I was looking for a good tow car/family lugger/allround toy. I drove the D3, XC90, X5, Cayenne, RR Sport and a few others before buying my VW Touareg and I'm afraid that if you can't match anything to your D3 it's simply because you haven't driven much else. The Cayenne/Touareg is as capable off-road (unlike the XC90 and X5 and yes I have driven them off-road in comparison) and is FAR better on the road than all of them. Mine is also more economical than the D3 TD6, faster and better VFM (£10k more for the equivalent D3 spec and servicing costs of nearly double that of the VW despite VW dealers uplifting their prices for Touareg servicing). It ended up being a no-brainer!
I can assure you the Touareg is NOT as capable offroad as a Discovery. On road yes but not offroad. Just look at the low profile alloys for a start. They tend not to perform very well when the rims/sidewalls keep blowing!!!
It has almost no "axle" articulation either. It is all very well having fancy traction control but you are still better off having a few wheels on the ground.
We took a Touareg on a short section of the Roman road but decided to leave Gap road in the Beacons well alone. The Discovery romped them quite easily.
Which Toureg was it - the V10 - a mate has had a few of them lent to his company now and they ARE lovely on road but that's about it. Still want to see that engine in a RIB though!!!