VW Touareg Hybrid

VW breaks new ground with eco-friendly 4x4.

It's Volkswagen’s most powerful planet-saver yet! This all-new Touareg Hybrid SUV has been confirmed for production.

However, it doesn’t look too eco-friendly on the face of it, as most of the power comes from the 3.0-litre supercharged TSI V6 also found in Audi’s S4. That means 328bhp and 440Nm during normal driving.

The big green news, though, is the rear-mounted electric motor, as it can power the car independently at low speeds. It boosts the V6 in short bursts at the top end, too, taking power to 369bhp, torque to 550Nm and giving 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds.

Overall, this sees emissions cut to 210g/km and economy improved to 31mpg. Plus, a new eight-speed auto box provides smooth, seamless changes whatever speed you’re doing.

Regenerative braking recovers lost energy and transfers it to the electric motor for re-use at low speed. Together, the eco kit is claimed to bring fuel savings of 25 per cent in city driving and 17 per cent combined.

The Touareg Hybrid won’t see production until next year. But while it’s not as green and clean as the firm’s Polo BlueMotion supermini, it’s certainly easier on the conscience than most 4x4s.

Rival: Lexus RX400h Swish, fashionable and practical, the Lexus has been a winner with the 4x4 brigade. But it’s been around for a while now and looks a little long in the tooth – so the fresh-faced Touareg will be a force to be reckoned with next year.

Most Popular

Range Rover vs Bentley Bentayga: 2022 twin test review
Range Rover vs Bentley Bentayga - both cars front tracking
Car group tests

Range Rover vs Bentley Bentayga: 2022 twin test review

All-new Range Rover takes on Bentley Bentayga in luxury SUV face-off
2 Jul 2022
Best car manufacturers 2022
Best car manufacturers header

Best car manufacturers 2022

We reveal the UK’s best car brands based on the feedback from car owners who took our 2022 Driver Power survey...
29 Jun 2022
How to find the cheapest petrol and diesel near you
Diesel pump
Tips & advice

How to find the cheapest petrol and diesel near you

Cheap fuel is hard to come by in the UK at the moment but there are ways that you can minimise what you pay for petrol and diesel
1 Jul 2022