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2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Review

Hello, Hybrid!

A three-quarter front view of a 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

In short: A luxurious SUV with hybrid power.

As Volkswagen's first foray into hybrid technology, the 2011 Touareg Hybrid points to great things for the European automaker's electricity-fueled future. Marrying German engineering with the latest green technology, this hybrid SUV offers acceptable MPG figures while still delivering solid performance that will attract a young male clientele. Auto enthusiasts will be happy to hear that the Touareg shares a number of mechanical components with its cousin, the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, allowing the savvy sport ute to achieve V8 power with better fuel efficiency than a V6.

While Volkswagen may be turning heads by throwing its hat into the hybrid ring, we were pleasantly surprised by several of the updated Touareg's other features, as well. Now in its second generation, the 2011 Touareg is based on an all-new platform that boasts bigger dimensions while still managing to shed 350 lbs. from the previous edition. The SUV's expanded size also translates to more cabin space for added comfort. The well-laid-out interior is further enhanced through impressive standard features including a panoramic roof and a touch screen radio-navigation system, making the Touareg Hybrid as driver-friendly as it is eco-friendly. Finally, while this fuel-sipping SUV may be green at heart, it comes in a number of attractive colors, including the all-new Tungsten hue, a striking steel-gray available exclusively on the hybrid version.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 12-year/unlimited mile limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance; 3-year/36,000-mile Carefree Maintenance.

Base Price: $60,565 / As Tested: $61,385

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 3.0-liter supercharged DOHC V6 with nickel metal-hydride battery-powered electric motor
Horsepower: 380 hp @ 5,500-6,500 rpm (combined gas and electric)
Torque: 428 lb-ft @ 3,000-5,250 rpm (combined)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic with manumatic shifting

Curb weight:
5,135 lbs
Wheelbase: 113.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 188.8/76.4/67.3 in
Turning circle: 39 ft

power-assisted vented disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: independent double wishbone front; independent multi-link rear

Traction: electronic stabilization control; auto-hold and hill hold assist; anti-slip regulation

Top Speed: 130 mph (governor limited)
0-60 mph: 7 seconds (est.)

EPA City:
20 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

driver and front passenger front and thorax airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags

Likes: style; build

Dislikes: price

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PNW121410 (Updated: 12/28/12 JLD)