Story: Michael Crenshaw
Model Tested: Supercharged Hybrid
Combine the words “supercharged” and “hybrid” and you’d think the two offset each other’s goals. However, Volkswagen has come up with a way to produce not only the “world’s first supercharged hybrid,” but also a vehicle you’d have no problem tearing up the outdoors with. Though, at $61,385, it comes at a supercharged price.
What separates this from the Prius is its ability to crush one. You’d be surprised how capable this VW is, offering constant presence both on- and off-road. But there are some quirks to this German device: The travel on the pedal is too long. You’ll find yourself pressing halfway down before the car moves how you want it to. For $3,000 more, you could find yourself in a Porsche Cayenne. But don’t underestimate the Touareg; it still offers top build quality—eight-speed automatic, AWD and great looks—and amazing ability.
Power: 380hp, 428lb.-ft.
0-60: 6.2 secs.
Gas Cash: 20 city, 24 hwy
Miles Driven: 345