Volkswagen Touareg TDI  vs Hybrid 

Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport

  • $47k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 20 city 29 hwy
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)

Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

  • $63k
  • 3.0L Hybrid V6
  • 20 city 24 hwy
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

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of Sport vs Touareg Hybrid


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Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

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Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport 

RideNerd recommends the Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport  based on its affordability and fuel economy.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Touareg TDI vs Hybrid

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

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

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

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

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Volkswagen Touareg TDI

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport

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Runs on diesel Yes vs No Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines and cost less in maintenance
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes vs No Recirculation improves the reduction of harmful emissions by the pollution control systems
More emission control devices 3 vs 2 1 more catalytic converters; typically results in cleaner emissions
Lower MSRP $47k vs $63k More than 25% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $12,007 vs $15,033 More than 20% less expensive per year
Better highway driving range 765 miles vs 633 miles More than 20% further range on the interstate
Front view of Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

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Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$47,445 16.8¢/mile Volkswagen Touareg TDI
Hybrid $62,575 17.1¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Volkswagen Touareg TDI is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Volkswagen Touareg TDI Hybrid
Price $9,489 ($47,445) $12,515 ($62,575)
Fuel $2,517 (3,226 gallons) $2,567 (3,469 gallons)
City 20 MPG 20 MPG
Highway 29 MPG 24 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Touareg TDI  vs Hybrid 

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

A rigid structure and all-independent suspension provide the composure, while a trio of available drivetrains provides fun, function and efficiency.
Touareg TDI Sport


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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Touareg TDI  vs
Brand Volkswagen Volkswagen
Model year 2013 2013
City range 528 miles 528 miles
Highway range 765 miles 633 miles
MSRP $47k $63k
Annual cost $12,007 $15,033

Manufacturing Emissions

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

engine & drivetrain

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

stereo & entertainment

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


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


Touareg TDI  vs
EPA smog score 6 6
EPA GHG score 5 5
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.39 g 0.36 g
Combined CO2/mile 442 g 413 g
Methane/mile 0.04 g 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g 0.03 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.04 g 0.03 g
Vapor canisters 0 1
Bleed canisters 0 0
Catalytic converters 3 2
Stops the engine instead of idling No Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 67 tons 62 tons

power & handling

Max torque 406 ft-lb @ 2,000 RPM 428 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM
Max HP 240 HP @ 4,000 RPM 380 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 20.73 lb/hp 13.51 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 39 feet 39 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc 14.21 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 255 265
Front wheel diameter 18 inch 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 50

safety features

Active head restraints Yes Yes
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A Standard
Rear sensor N/A Standard
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 76.4 in 76.4 in
Front track width 65 in 65 in
Height 68.2 in 68.2 in
Ground clearance 7.9 in 7.9 in
Length 188.8 in 188.8 in
Wheelbase 113.9 in 113.9 in
Curb weight 4,974 lb 5,135 lb
GVWR 6,305 6,415
Tow weight 7,716 7,716
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 57 ft³ 57 ft³
Rear seat room 47 ft³ 47 ft³
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