All three of the Touareg’s power options offer similar fuel economy according to EPA estimates. The combined driving figure for the Hybrid falls is 21 mpg, falling in the middle between the V6 with 19 mpg and the TDI diesel at 23 mpg. Both the TDI diesel and the hybrid get 20 mpg in city driving, but the TDI pulls ahead in highway driving with 29 mpg compared to the hybrid’s 24 mpg.
The Hybrid is the most expensive of all the Touareg models, with a sticker price that climbs more than $10,000 higher than the Sport with Navigation trim that provides its interior features. It’s also listed at more than $3,000 higher than the next most expensive Touareg, the TDI Executive trim that offers upgrades for the audio system and leather seats.
This Hybrid exists primarily to enhance the Touareg’s performance rather than for reasons of economy. You’ll get far more power than either of the other two Touareg engines produce, but you won’t get savings in operating costs.
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