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2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

$12,106 — $24,782 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.5) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Driving ease
  • Comfortable backseat
  • Cabin materials
  • Easy-folding backseat

The Bad

  • Price
  • Hybrid fuel efficiency
2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
  • Larger but lighter than prior generation
  • Available gasoline, diesel or gas-electric hybrid V-6s
  • Standard AWD
  • 7,700-pound towing capacity

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 ...

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.

(Skip to details on the Touareg Hybrid)

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

What drivers are saying

4.5
2 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.0)
(5.0)

GREAT VEHICLE

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! Read full review

(4.0)

Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by aaaaa from oman on September 20, 2011

i recomanded biger than now and more space for bigger family with third raw seat and the hight should be more. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker