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 relia...
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 reliable? But I got it used (certified preowned or CPO) with only 6,600 miles at a great price, so... time will tell.
Also a bit nervous that the hybrid Touareg is not equipped with run-flat tires, nor does it have a spare. The hybrid battery resides where the spare would normally be. You get a can of "goo" tire repair. Keep AAA handy!
Understand the positioning of this vehicle - it has the performance of a V8 with V6 fuel economy. Do not buy it and expect to get 35 mpg! The 8-speed transmission is very smooth.
I really like the dashboard and associated electronics - nav/radio/climate/telephone, etc. A very sharp, well-designed integrated system that is shared with some Bentleys! (Another VW brand). I also really like the heated steering wheel - doesn't get too warm, like my previous BMW.
The seats are very comfortable - really like the driving position. Fully adjustable, even movable lumbar.
After a couple weeks of ownership, with mostly city driving, I'm getting about 20 mpg, with EPA being 20/24, so pretty accurate. And not bad for a vehicle that has 380 horsepower and weights over 5,000 lbs.
I gave the car a minor ding for reliability, mostly out of fear more than anything else. Wait and see!