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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Review

The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid has strong acceleration and buttoned-down handling, according to reviewers, and it has a top-notch safety score.

Pros & Cons

  • Good safety score
  • Strong acceleration
  • Composed handling
  • Smaller cargo space than rivals




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Overview

The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid has a supercharged six-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Test drivers reported that together, the two make good power and provide the Touareg Hybrid with strong acceleration. Reviewers also appreciated the responsive automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that the 2013 Touareg Hybrid gets 20/24 mpg city highway. That’s decent gas mileage for a midsize SUV, but some other hybrid SUVs in the class, such as the 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid, get better fuel economy. All-wheel drive is standard on the Touareg Hybrid, and reviewers noted that it has confident handling and a quiet ride. The Touareg Hybrid has one of the best safety scores in the class.

Auto critics liked the soft-touch materials in the VW Touareg Hybrid’s cabin. They described its interior as high-quality, with plenty of room and comfort for five, though other SUVs in the class offer more cargo space. Standard features in the 2013 Touareg Hybrid include navigation, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera and an 8-inch touch screen. The Touareg Hybrid was the top trim of the Touareg line when it was introduced, and as a result, all available features came standard. Some reviewers found the Touareg Hybrid’s touch-screen controls easy to master, but others said that some audio controls are hard to perform.

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Other SUVs to Consider

The 2013 Lexus RX Hybrid gets better fuel economy than the Touareg Hybrid, and it has more cargo space.

The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid only seats five, so if you need more seats, consider the 2013 Acura MDX. Reviewers liked the MDX’s easy-to-use tech features, and like the Touareg Hybrid, it comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Compare the Touareg Hybrid, RX Hybrid and MDX »

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