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2013 Volkswagen Touareg — a pricey VW sport utility

Sixty-three thousand dollars for a The People’s Car?

Yep. what it costs to get you into a VW Touareg Hybrid sport vehicle.

We’ll get to the car in a minute, but I think we should take two back and look at the evolution of marketing history. VW achieved its in the United States by selling a reliable, inexpensive car. was in the 1950s, when American stationed in Europe started back rudimentary but highly cars – they came to be as Beetles or Bugs – that you around and cost almost to operate. For those with big VW also made the Microbus. disclosure: this ex-G.I. from Germany with a 1966 VW, which he bought for new at a VW showroom in Stuttgart.)

Volkswagen, then a tiny of the U.S. auto market, had a ad campaign whose motto was Small.” It worked, and millions of were sold here. the movie pages forward to and what we have, among a of other Volkswagens (the version is long gone), is the hybrid, a paean to the gods of a fitting ride for the CEO, the the movie star who does not to appear too flashy but does to show he or she can afford a classy and car. A VW as classy and rich

It’s not the first time has done this. Shortly the turn of the century, VW cobbled up a fast luxury sedan the Phaeton. In the U.S. customers had the of a V8 or W12 engine and the thing just

It had all the luxo mod cons of an Audi A8 or a S-class and it was priced accordingly. models were going for $85,000. In America, the car lasted 2002 through the 2006 year, when declining caused VW to stop importing the Americans like their cars to be branded as luxury – Toyota has had great success its separately named luxury Lexus.

The name VW says many but it’s fair to say that is not one of them.

Okay, so now we still the VW name attached to a luxury and what do you get for your $63,450? A car like others in the VW corporate such as Audi A5 and Audi A7. The Hybrid has that distinct of Germanic luxury – subdued seats, all the high-tech options likely to want, such as camera, rain-sensing wipers, sound system, full sunroof, 12-way power seat with seat and on and on until it fills up the window (Speaking of window stickers, you can opt for a much less expensive by choosing the base V6, 280 horsepower for about $44,000.)

On the road, the Touareg hybrid is and, when you need it, fast. The combination of supercharged V6 333-horsepower engine and 47-horsepower motor (380 bhp, in is enough to get the car up to extra-legal speeds in a of seconds. Even if you’re five people and a bunch of the car is still pretty fast. All the car’s interior, you have the of the modern upscale SUV.

of switches and buttons to heat up the cool down the interior, your way (8-inch nav screen) LA to NY, and slide open the pano glass. When I said that it’s like the equivalents, it should not be a surprise the Touareg shares its platform not only the Audi version but the Porsche Cayenne. All this to mention of others you should at – some are considerably less – while you’re checking out the VW.

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Among them: BMW X5, Volvo Cadillac SRX, Acura Honda Pilot, Lexus and Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

are some nits to pick in the For all its vaunted hybridness, the mileage great. Its EPA figures are 20/24 city/highway. Come on, fellas, I we can do better.

The brakes on our tester kind of grabby and it took a to give them a light Maybe it was something to do with the braking system, but they quite sensitive. The other nit has to do acceleration: almost any touch to the gas starts up the gasoline engine.

In a hybrid, we’d like to more on the electric motor as a device, but our test car relied on the V6 engine to get us down the road.


I the sun visors because VW, unlike auto makers, gives us two for each position – one to put out to the side, the sun is coming in abeam, and the other for the sun is directly ahead. This is a boon when you’re on a curving road that putting the car directly into the afternoon sun and then off to the side of the It means you don’t have to moving a single sun visor side to front to side.

In the this 21 st century edition of the Car is probably a fitting accessory for the age of car ownership. We’d all like to be in leather seating, serenaded by stereos and caressed by silent and air conditioning. VW has stepped up to the proverbial and provided all that, and more.

But still……sixty-three large for a Volkswagen?

Volkswagen Touareg Electric Cars
Volkswagen Touareg Electric Cars
Volkswagen Touareg Electric Cars
Volkswagen Touareg Electric Cars

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