2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Review
Not only is the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid high-quality and fuel-efficient, but reviewers say it’s one of the best-driving hybrid SUVs on the market. However, it’s also one of the most expensive.
Test drivers say that there’s not much wrong with the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid. It has sportier driving dynamics, better fuel economy and a more natural-feeling powertrain than almost any other hybrid SUV. They also compare the Touareg Hybrid’s interior to those from BMW or its sister company, Audi, which is a big compliment for a Volkswagen.
The Touareg Hybrid’s main drawback is its price. It starts higher than almost every other luxury midsize SUV on the market. Though it does come loaded to the hilt with luxury-level standard features, the Touareg Hybrid still commands a hefty price premium over similarly-equipped gas- and diesel-powered models. Though the Touareg Hybrid isn’t the best value for the money, test drivers say that if you can afford it, you’ll appreciate its great performance and improved fuel economy.
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
Though the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is one of the best-driving hybrids on the market, it comes at a high price. The Lexus RX Hybrid costs $16,000 less than the Touareg Hybrid and is a leader in its class. Test drivers say that Lexus invented the luxury crossover category, and it shows. The Lexus RX Hybrid has a supremely smooth ride and easy-to-use electronics, and its fuel economy easily beats the Touareg Hybrid’s.
Just because you want a fuel-efficient SUV, you don’t have to shop strictly for hybrids. Diesel-powered SUVs get great gas mileage, and usually don’t command the price premium that hybrid trims do. The Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTEC has comfortable seating for seven and car-like driving dynamics, and test drivers say that the Volkswagen Touareg TDI is the best value in the Touareg lineup.
Details: VW Touareg
The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid comes in one trim. The diesel and gas-only models of the Volkswagen Touareg are reviewed separately. The Touareg Hybrid was fully redesigned for the 2011 model year, so it doesn’t see any significant changes for 2012.
See the full list of 2012 Volkswagen Touareg specifications.
- "With the … Touareg, though, Vee-Dub has not only acquiesced to hybrid demands but has also built one of the best gas/electric vehicles on the market.” -- Car and Driver
- "The newest VW Touareg offers an available gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain and more passenger room, greater performance and higher fuel economy than its precursor. If you don't need three rows of seats or class-leading cargo capacity, the Volkswagen Touareg deserves a look.” -- Edmunds
- "There's a lot of variety here with the three powertrain configurations, and the hybrid is one heck of a satisfying drive. This is a crowded segment, and VW stays competitive with the … Touareg.” -- AutoWeek
- “The V-6 TDI, with its Hybrid like fuel economy, will start at around $45,000. As good as the Hybrid is, isn't the TDI the best bang for the buck?” -- Road and Track