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2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/8/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg gains refreshed front and rear fascia, standard LED taillights, restyled headlights, and an upgraded interior. An array of new safety features have been added including adaptive cruise control, lane assist, side assist, front assist, and automatic post-collision braking.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is a all-wheel-drive two-row luxury SUV powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 plus an electric motor, producing a total output of 380 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is respectable for the class at 20/24 mpg city/highway. There are no trim levels available for the 2015 Touareg Hybrid since Volkswagen sells the SUV as a single, fully loaded model with a sticker price of $67,905, making it more expensive then the slightly smaller Audi Q5 Hybrid.

Overview

Interior fit and finish in the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is excellent and befitting the SUV’s positioning as a premium offering. The user interface features an infotainment system with a large eight-inch touchscreen that’s easy to use. Space in the rear seats is generous for passengers while cargo volume maxes out at 64 cubic feet with the split-folding second row down. Additionally, the second row can slide forward and back, allowing owners to maximize passenger or cargo space depending on what the SUV will be used for.

Performance is a 2015 Touareg Hybrid strong point thanks to its excellent powertrain, which provides plenty of power for all situations despite remaining mechanically unchanged since its 2011 model year introduction. Maximum towing capacity is the same as gas and diesel-powered Touaregs at 7,716 pounds. Off-road capability remains impressive thanks to the standard 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, which enables the SUV to venture out into rough, unpaved roads and trails. The off-road capability doesn’t come at the cost of on-road handling since all Touareg models are equipped with the Adaptive Roll Compensation system, which keeps the car stable and flat around corners.

In IIHS crash testing, the 2015 Touareg Hybrid received a Good score in four categories (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

Offering a great combination of practicality and performance, the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid remains a solid entry among two-row luxury SUVs. In a 2011 First Drive review, we were impressed by the Touareg Hybrid’s interior fit and finish, which is nearly on the same level as Audis. Additionally, the cabin offers plenty of space for passengers and/or cargo thanks to the sliding second row and the generous trunk. The infotainment system also proved easy to use and offers 3D views of the terrain and information about buildings in the area. Driving dynamics are also a strong point with great on- and off-road capability thanks to the hybrid powertrain providing plenty of power on tap and a chassis that’s complemented with the Adaptive Roll Compensation system to keep the SUV from moving around too much in hard corners.

You’ll Like

  • Audi-level fit and finish
  • Excellent on- and off-road driving dynamics
  • Roomy interior

You Won’t Like

  • As pricey or pricier than offerings from Audi
  • Not as efficient as diesel-powered Touareg

Key Competitors

  • Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
  • Audi Q5 Hybrid
  • Volkswagen Touareg TDI
  • Volvo XC90
  • Mercedes-Benz ML250 Bluetec 4Matic

Rating

3 star

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