IT was Volkswagen's first venture into the premium 4x4 market and very quickly the Touareg proved to be one of the leaders in the growing full-size SUV sector.
It also answered another major debating point, proving beyond doubt once and for all that big really is beautiful.
For this not-so-little gem was the daddy of the mass-produced 4x4 world - a sector that even today is still growing, despite major attempts many, including the green bridage, to see it wiped off the planet.
With class-leading comfort, a high-tec specification list and a host of gadgets and safety features, it wasn't too difficult to see why the second-generation Touareg, especially one fitted with VW's three-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, went from strength to strength.
Out on the open road or even fighing with congested urban traffic, the high driving position meant drivers enjoyed all-round visibility that gave a great view of what was up ahead.
Surprisingly quick getting going from a standing start, the 237bhp V6 oilburner delivered its power smoothly and without fuss through a six-speed automatic gearbox, keeping bags of power available in reserve for just when it was needed.
Another plus side was that there was masses of room for five adults and their luggage. Not only that, it came with a plethora of handy storage compartments scattered throughout.
Make no mistake, the Touareg proved a sizeable companion and is a great cost-effective used buy for anyone in the market for a full-sized, four-wheel-drive SUV.
Latest models are now sleeker than ever, despite the vast array of creature comforts found on board and the V6-powered machine is cabable of returning nearly 30mpg and can deliver a top speed of 135mph.
But even with all these figures ready to impress, it is the Touareg's handling that makes it just that bit special. Boasting a host of technological aids, which include electronic stabilising and differential lock on all four wheels, along with anti-slip regulation for when conditions get desperate, it boldly goes where few would even contemplate to venture.
None of these features came at the expense of luxury touches, which included electrically-adjustable heated front seats, multifunction computer with colour screen, electric windows and front and rear parking sensors.
Safety features also featured prominently, with advanced anti-lock brake system, hydraulic brake assist, electronic stabilisation programme and a sensor which automatically unlocks the doors in the event of any accident.
A 2010 10-plate V6 model model in SE trim with around 60,000 miles on the clock should cost from £14,000 to £18,000, while a similar-plated model in higher Escape trim rises to between £16,110 and £20,660.
Move on to 2011 and 11-plate models with around 50,000 miles and you will have to pay anything from £17,515 to £21,815 for the SE model and between £18,560 and £23,115 for the more upmarket Escape version.