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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.9

Reviewers are pleased with the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid’s interior. They say its materials are soft to the touch. They also like the metal and wood trim, and say the overall feel is like that of an Audi interior.

  • "Regardless of trim level, the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg is a pleasing mix of credible comfort, expansive visibility and upscale appointments." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "High-quality materials, rich wood and metallic accents, and contemporary electronics and entertainment interfaces fill out the Touareg cabin, and the sliding and reclining second-row seat is pretty useful." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, you'll see a VW that rivals Audi's interior design, with high quality soft materials, satin chrome surrounds and fine wood inlays. It's a step above the Passat CC, and I dare say the Phaeton as well." -- Road and Track (2011)


The Touareg Hybrid seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, power front seats and heated seats in both the front and back rows. The back bench splits 60/40 and slides back and forth to increase cargo or passenger legroom. Most reviewers say the seats in front and back are all-day comfortable, though one wishes for more side support up front.

  • "The front seats are supportive, and the 60/40 folding rear bench seat slides fore-aft and reclines." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats are designed for long-haul comfort, rather than sporty bolstering, and they work well in this regard." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The seat bottoms seem contoured for the wider hips of the fairer sex and need some additional lateral bolstering." -- Car and Driver (2011)

Interior Features

The Touareg Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-speaker stereo with USB and auxiliary audio ports, satellite radio, navigation and Bluetooth. Since most equipment available in the Touareg lineup is standard in the Hybrid, there are no notable options.

Reviewers say the navigation screen looks sharp, but give differing opinions as to whether or not it would be easier to control the climate and audio systems if they weren’t part of the navigation system.

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  • "… the navigation system uses crisp graphics and an intuitive touchscreen interface, while higher trim levels feature the very nice 10-speaker Dynaudio stereo system." -- Edmunds
  • "Climate controls are simple to operate and logically arranged. All models except the base Sport have a standard navigation system, which absorbs, and complicates, some audio functions." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "And it wouldn't be a VW without some small electronic malfunction-in our case, it was a remote-operated liftgate that would only fully open maybe one-third of the time." -- Car and Driver (2011)


The Touareg Hybrid can carry 64 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded and 32.1 cubic feet when they are in use. Reviewers note that unlike some hybrids, the battery pack doesn’t eat into available cargo space. Another comments that the overall space is about average for the class. They also find small-item storage to be mediocre.

  • "The hybrid battery pack resides under the cargo floor, so it doesn't compromise luggage room. That space would ordinarily go toward a spare tire; in lieu of one, the Touareg Hybrid has run-flat tires with a small repair kit." -- Cars.com
  • "Overall room is class-competitive, though the rear seat backs don't fold flat. The glovebox has decent capacity, but the center console and door pockets are generously sized." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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