2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid 

  • $63k
  • 3.0L Hybrid V6
  • 20 city 24 hwy
6.7 Out of 10
$62,575
 
Fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2013 model enjoys a wider overall gear ratio spread than the preceding six-speed auto (7.20 versus 2010's 6.01), yielding greater acceleration and improved fuel economy.
by MotorTrend
It's our favorite of the lineup, with its strong torque output (407 lb-ft) and confident feel for towing or highway cruising.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

Touareg Hybrid
6.9
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Touareg Hybrid
6.2
EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

Touareg Hybrid
7.3
NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile, nitrogen oxide/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

Touareg Hybrid
6.3
combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

6.7

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Touareg Hybrid
6.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

Touareg Hybrid
5

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Touareg Hybrid
6

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Touareg Hybrid
$15,033

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Touareg Hybrid
$2,518
MKZ Hybrid
$1,450

Reviews Word on the street for the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid


8.0
In all, the interior has luxury-class accommodations for four adults, and the cabin appointments feel more in line with the luxury set than the frugal set.

7.0
The Touareg has a clean separation between its grille and front air dam, with Audi-like LEDs in the headlights and taillights.

7.0
The Touareg Hybrid combines an electric motor and gasoline engine, but unlike any other hybrid, that engine is a supercharged 3.0 V6 making 333 horsepower on its own.

Overall

7.3 Out of 10

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Powertrain

In this model, an electric motor system is sandwiched between the engine and the transmission, with clutches on either end so that the electric motor can power the vehicle by itself under light load, at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Three very different engines give the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg very different personalities.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
The Touareg Hybrid combines a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gas engine with an electric motor for a combined 380 hp and 428 pounds-feet of torque.
by cars.com (Aug, 2012)

Performance

Acceleration is quite surprising and efficiency still excellent.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
Add the electric motor's seamless urge and you have an eye-popping total rated output of 380 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
The TDI turbodiesel boasts strong low-speed torque (406 lb-ft) and miserly highway fuel consumption (29 mpg, 700-mile range).
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

Engine

The base V6 is a narrow-angle direct-injection 3.6 with a fine balance of smoothness, acceleration and fuel efficiency.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
Touareg V-6 models remain surprisingly thirsty, but Hybrid and TDI models are fuel-efficient utility vehicles.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Opting for the innovative supercharged Hybrid technology costs nearly $63,000.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

Handling

The name is quirky (from a nomadic North African tribe) but behind the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg's badging is one of the more compelling packages in today's 5-door, all-wheel-drive (AWD) lineup.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
The Touareg is still no crisp handler—few crossovers are, really—but it's now as nimble and responsive as many of its rivals.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
The air suspension had cost $2750 - money well spent in the luxury midsize SUV category, in my opinion.
by MotorTrend

Interior

The interior of the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg has luxury-class accommodations for four adults, and the cabin appointments feel more in line with the luxury set than the frugal set.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Overall, the Touareg's exterior isn't jaw-dropping, but it's sophisticated, and a cabin that dazzles anyone who's driven the most luxurious domestic-badged SUVs.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
I remember it being fairly luxurious, even though the interior's "bling bling" chromed accents bounced sunlight into my eyes.
by MotorTrend

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Volkswagen
Model year 2013
City range 528 miles
Highway range 633 miles
MSRP $63k
Annual cost $15,033

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.55 m³
CO2 per car made 0.89 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 209 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Hybrid
Cylinders V6
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 4WD Full-Time

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 8 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input No
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system Standard, 8 in

features

Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Standard
Navigation system N/A, 18 GB
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard

emissions

EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 5
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.36 g
Combined CO2/mile 413 g
Methane/mile 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.03 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.03 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 170 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 62 tons

power & handling

Max torque 428 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM
Max HP 380 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 13.51 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 39 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 14.21 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 265 mm
Front wheel diameter 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 50

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
Airbags
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Standard
Rear sensor Standard
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 76.4 in
Front track width 65 in
Height 68.2 in
Ground clearance 7.9 in
Length 188.8 in
Wheelbase 113.9 in
Curb weight 5,135 lb
GVWR 6,415 pounds
Tow weight 7,716 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 57 ft³
Rear seat room 47 ft³
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