In a world dominated by SUVs that might look tough but cower when led over challenging terrain, the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 is a rarity. It offers highly competent on-road driving dynamics, but when the pavement ends the Touareg 2 also proves to be an extremely capable off-roader. Part of the Touareg 2's appeal lies in the fact that its underpinnings are shared with the much more expensive Porsche Cayenne. For those willing to forgo the exclusivity of the Porsche nameplate the Touareg 2 represents an opportunity to enjoy a similar driving experience at a lower price point. However, despite its luxuriously-appointed cabin, many buyers will find the Touareg 2's five-passenger design flawed in light of the current trend among SUVs to offer seating for seven or more.