Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Jan 24, 2011
Outside Magazine
Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid    Photo: Photo courtesy Volkswagen

THE SELL: It's big, it's fast, it's German— and it's (technically) a hybrid.
THE TEST: By "technically," we mean the Touareg's 47-hp electric motor is primarily there to boost the supercharged 3.0-liter, 333-hp V6 into warp drive, not save fuel. But it also makes the AWD Touareg surprisingly nimble for a hefty midsize SUV. It made easy work of the medieval streets of Florence, Italy, and tight, off-road obstacles in Tuscany. One complaint: the regenerative brakes often felt either squishy or unsettlingly firm.
THE VERDICT: Despite its power and heft, this sophisticated and luxurious, quasi-hybrid SUV has decent fuel economy. $60,565; 21 mpg city/25 hwy;

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