2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid SUV Video Review

When Volkswagen introduced the first-generation Touareg back in 2002, it came with an interesting choice of powertrains: a V6, V8, or a monstrous V10 TDI. With the second generation Touareg, Volkswagen toned down interesting-ness with the powertrain lineup somewhat - there is a V6, a diesel V6, and the model we're looking at today, the Hybrid.

The 2013 Touareg Hybrid is a very unique vehicle for two reasons. One: the Touareg Hybrid was Volkswagen's first hybrid sold in the U.S. Two: under the hood lies a supercharged 3.0L V6 paired with a 34 kW electric motor. Yes, you read that correctly. The Touareg Hybrid is packing a supercharged V6, giving it the honor of being the first supercharged hybrid on the market. Total output of the hybrid system is 380 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Touareg Hybrid stand at 20 City/24 Highway/21 Combined.

Otherwise, the 2013 Touareg Hybrid is much the same as the normal Touareg. The exterior has the same block shape with LED headlights. Moving inside, the Touareg Hybrid is well appointed with power seats, leather, wood trim, keyless entry with push button start, navigation, and a number of other features.

A 2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid will set you back $62,575. Competitors to the Touareg Hybrid include the Audi Q7 TDI and Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC.