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.
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The Touareg TDI’s diesel V-6 is now rated at 240 horsepower, an increase of 15 hp.
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
- Stylish tailpipes
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
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
Standard safety features include:
- Antilock brakes
- Side-impact airbags for the front seats
- Side curtain airbags
- Electronic stability system
- Active front head restraints
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