2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Larger backseat
  • Cabin materials
  • Easy-folding second row
  • Hybrid fuel efficiency

The Bad

  • Price

Notable Features of the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

  • Redesigned for 2011
  • Larger but lighter than before
  • Available gasoline, diesel or gas-electric hybrid V-6s
  • Standard AWD
  • 7,700-pound towing capacity

2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Thanks to a new eight-speed automatic and some 450 pounds' less weight, Volkswagen's second-generation Touareg looks to be significantly more fuel efficient than its predecessor. Positioned atop the VW lineup, the five-seat Touareg competes with luxury crossovers such as the Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Lincoln MKX.

The Touareg comes with a choice of three V-6 engines: a traditional gasoline V-6, a turbocharged diesel V-6 and a V-6 gas-electric hybrid drivetrain. This makes the Touareg the Volkswagen brand's first hybrid.

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Exterior
It's clear that Volkswagen's latest face — seen also on the Golf and GTI — is spreading lineup-wide. Unlike its Tiguan sibling, the Touareg has a clean separation between its grille and front air dam, with Audi-like LEDs in the headlights and taillights. Chrome lower accents run the length of the doors, while the rear bumper carries shapely tailpipes and a black lower garnish.

Interior
VW laid out the Touareg's cabin fairly conventionally. Climate controls fall below a large center display screen, and the steering wheel adopts the same controls as the Golf's and GTI's. A 6.5-inch touch-screen display with stereo readouts is standard. The rear seat reclines a few degrees and slides forward and backward 6.3 inches.

Thanks to some 5 inches' extra length, the Touareg's backseat is significantly roomier. The rear seats now fold in one mot...

Vehicle Overview

Thanks to a new eight-speed automatic and some 450 pounds' less weight, Volkswagen's second-generation Touareg looks to be significantly more fuel efficient than its predecessor. Positioned atop the VW lineup, the five-seat Touareg competes with luxury crossovers such as the Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Lincoln MKX.

The Touareg comes with a choice of three V-6 engines: a traditional gasoline V-6, a turbocharged diesel V-6 and a V-6 gas-electric hybrid drivetrain. This makes the Touareg the Volkswagen brand's first hybrid.

(Skip to details on the: Touareg Hybrid)


Exterior
It's clear that Volkswagen's latest face — seen also on the Golf and GTI — is spreading lineup-wide. Unlike its Tiguan sibling, the Touareg has a clean separation between its grille and front air dam, with Audi-like LEDs in the headlights and taillights. Chrome lower accents run the length of the doors, while the rear bumper carries shapely tailpipes and a black lower garnish.

Interior
VW laid out the Touareg's cabin fairly conventionally. Climate controls fall below a large center display screen, and the steering wheel adopts the same controls as the Golf's and GTI's. A 6.5-inch touch-screen display with stereo readouts is standard. The rear seat reclines a few degrees and slides forward and backward 6.3 inches.

Thanks to some 5 inches' extra length, the Touareg's backseat is significantly roomier. The rear seats now fold in one motion — far better than the outgoing Touareg's seats, which required a number of steps to fold down.


Under the Hood
Engines include a 280-horsepower gasoline V-6 and 225-hp turbodiesel V-6; both use an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard. Hardcore off-roaders should note that the Touareg gave up some of its heavy-duty equipment, such as a low-speed transfer case, in the name of weight savings. The previous generation's self-leveling air suspension won't be offered, either.

Touareg Hybrid
The Touareg Hybrid combines a 3.0-liter V-6 with an electric motor for a combined 375 hp and 428 pounds-feet of torque. It can stay in electric mode for speeds up to 31 mph, and EPA combined mileage ratings are in the low 20s. Towing capacity is 7,700 pounds — far exceeding what the hybrid Lexus RX 450h or Mercedes-Benz ML450 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 auto. The hybrid battery pack resides under the cargo load 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. Back to top


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Latest Reviews

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Don't expect Prius mileage!

by Nashville Car Buff from Nashville, TN on February 16, 2013

I'm still a little torn with this car. Great to drive and love the physical package, but I worry about the long-term wisdom of having bought the hybrid technology. Will it hold up? Will it prove ... Read full review

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Complete Surprise

by Big Man Nate from Philadelphia, PA on June 25, 2011

This car is truly amazing. I saw it at the car show and qucikly put it to the back of my mind, but when I was looking to trade in my car, this vehicle made it into the mix. I am so happy that I ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Touareg Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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