2011 Volkswagen Touareg

Going green without any compromises.

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.


Damage: $61,385

Power: 380hp, 428lb.-ft.

0-60: 6.2 secs.

Gas Cash: 20 city, 24 hwy

Miles Driven: 345

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