Comfort/Involvement Index: 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

By Winding Road Staff

May 16, 2012

Car: 2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
Involvement: 67
Variety: *
Controls: **
Drivetrain: *
Handling: *
Character: *
Involvement Notes: Due to its size, it’s obviously not meant to provide much in terms of sportiness. That doesn’t mean it is totally boring. A blown V-6 and torquey electric motor make the Touareg Hybrid shockingly quick for a large SUV, especially off the line. Still, the drivetrain doesn’t offer much sonically, particularly in low-rev cruising. This might be a valuable trait for its potential customers, but it doesn’t help the involvement score at all.
The Touareg is a typical VW otherwise, with a comfy but sporty suspension. Feedback is lacking, both from the wheel and through the seat-of-the-pants, which limits the Touareg’s score. Its isolated driving dynamics and, again, its general heft keep it from breaching the 70-point mark in our Involvement Index.
Comfort: 73
Visibility: **
Space/Seating: ***
Ride/Handling: **
Acoustics: *
Controls: **
Comfort Notes: The Touareg offers a decent ride and a good amount of room. The hybrid powertrain gives it quieter performance and some added smoothness, which is definitely part of the Hybrid’s charm. Still, the ride heaves a little too much over bumps, and there’s a shortage of luxury items on anything but the top-end model. This last bit is problematic, as this is an expensive vehicle to begin with. Other cars at this price will offer more content.

The main thing the Touareg has going for it is its space. Passengers will find it very roomy, which makes it good for long trips, especially when there’s luggage involved. It’s easy to get in and out, and the seating is comfortable and supportive. Still the interior is a bit drab, and lacks the design elements that help set other vehicles apart from the crowd.