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By Cars.com Staff
August 1, 2012
Positioned atop the VW lineup, the five-seat Touareg competes with luxury crossovers like the Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Lincoln MKX. It comes with a choice of three V-6 engines: a traditional gas V-6, a turbocharged diesel V-6 and a V-6 gas-electric hybrid drivetrain.
(Skip to details on the: Touareg Hybrid) New for 2013 The Touareg TDI's diesel V-6 is now rated at 240 horsepower, an increase of 15 hp. Exterior The Touareg has a clean separation between its grille and front air dam, with Audi-like LEDs in the headlights and taillights. Exterior features include:
Chrome door accents
Interior The Touareg's cabin is fairly conventional. Climate controls fall below a large center display screen, and the steering wheel adopts the same controls as those found in VW's Golf and GTI cars. The Touareg's backseat is significantly roomier than the prior generation, and the rear seats fold in one motion. Interior features include:
Sliding and reclining backseat
6.5-inch touch-screen stereo
Under the Hood Mechanical features include:
280-hp, 3.6-liter gas V-6
240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6
Eight-speed automatic transmission
Standard all-wheel drive
Safety Standard safety features include:
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Side curtain airbags
Electronic stability system
Active front head restraints
Touareg Hybrid The Touareg Hybrid combines a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gas engine with an electric motor for a combined 380 hp and 428 pounds-feet of torque. It can stay in electric mode for speeds up to 31 mph. Towing capacity is 7,716 pounds — far exceeding what the competing Lexus RX 450h hybrid can accommodate.
Rather than the electrically variable transmissions many hybrids employ, the Touareg Hybrid has a specialized version of the Touareg's eight-speed automatic. The hybrid battery pack resides under the cargo floor, so it doesn't compromise luggage room. That space would ordinarily go toward a spare tire; in lieu of one, the Touareg Hybrid has run-flat tires with a small repair kit. LED taillights are new for 2013. Back to top
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