• (4.5) 2 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $14,346–$23,486
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 22
  • Engine: 333-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

What We Don't Like

  • Price
  • Hybrid fuel efficiency

Notable Features

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

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Vehicle Overview

Positioned atop the VW lineup, the five-seat Touareg competes with luxury crossovers such as 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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New for 2012
The Touareg gains a standard six-CD touch-screen stereo system.

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
  • Stylish tailpipes


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 the Golf and GTI. 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-horsepower, 3.6-liter gas V-6
  • 225-hp, turbo 3.0-liter diesel V-6
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive


Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • 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 with an electric motor for a combined 380 hp and 425 pounds-feet of torque. It can stay in electric mode for speeds up to 31 mph. Towing capacity is 7,700 pounds -- far exceeding what its competitors, 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 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. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

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by IZZIE2009 from GREENVILLE, SC on January 19, 2012

WE ARE OVERLY THRILLED WITH THE 2 TOUAREG'S MY FAMILY OWNS. THEY HAVE BEEN MAINTENANCE FREE AND A PLEASURE TO DRIVE. THESE ARE OUR FIRST VOLKSWAGEN AND WILL NOT BE OUR LAST!

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Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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