The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is a gasoline-electric version of the Touareg mid-size sport utility vehicle that has been marketed under the Volkswagen name since 2002. The Touareg is a five-door, front-engine vehicle. The Touareg was actually developed jointly between Volkswagen and two other brands under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, Audi and Porsche. Each of these German auto manufacturers has a version of the Touareg in its lineup, although the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne offer more performance features and amenities than the Volkswagen version. The traditional gasoline version of the Touareg is most commonly available with V6 or V8 engine options, although a turbo diesel V10 has been available for some of the Touareg’s model years. The Volkswagen Touareg received a facelift for the 2008 model year, and the second generation of the Touareg was revealed in early 2010 at auto shows in Munich and Beijing. The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, a new model for the second generation, was revealed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, followed by appearances later that year at the New York International Auto Show and the Guangzhou Auto Show. The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is available throughout most of the world, with the one major exception being the Middle East region. The Touareg Hybrid is still available as of the 2014 model year.
The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is based on standard gasoline-electric hybrid technology. The vehicle is powered by a supercharged 3-liter V6 gasoline engine that is paired to an electric motor, for a total output of 380 horsepower. The drivetrain is complemented by a battery pack that helps the vehicle store extra energy, and puts power to the ground through an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive is standard on the Touareg Hybrid. The Touareg Hybrid can accelerate from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds. The Environmental Protection Agency rated the Touareg Hybrid for fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon city, 24 miles per gallon highway, and 21 miles per gallon combined.
Though the gasoline versions of the Touareg come in several trim levels, the Hybrid comes in only one, equipped similarly to the top of the line trim. Standard equipment and features on the Touareg Hybrid include 19-inch wheels, keyless entry, keyless ignition, a top view parking camera, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats with heating functions, front seat memory functions for both the driver and the passenger, a touchscreen control interface, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, for lamps, a glare-free high beam system with a self-adjusting beam pattern, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, power rear seat releases for easy reconfiguring of the cargo area, front seat power lumbar adjustment, power folding exterior mirrors, Bluetooth wireless integration, an eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio and iPod connectivity, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, and heated exterior mirrors. Standard safety equipment on the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid includes a hill hold assist function, traction control, stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, front side airbags, and full side curtain airbags.