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Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid's selling point is power, not fuel economy

Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid's selling point is power, not fuel economy

Volkswagen recently put on sale the second generation of its mid-size sport utility vehicle, the 2011 Touareg. Sitting at the top of the Touareg line is the $61,385 Hybrid, a vehicle that is eminently capable and well-executed.

Yet, with a single exception, almost every argument you can make for buying the Hybrid may be called into question by Volkswagen's other two Touaregs, the base V-6 and the V-6 turbo diesel (TDI).

Like your appendix (or even your wisdom teeth), the existence of the Touareg Hybrid is largely superfluous.

Its only advantage? Raw power.

The goal of the Touareg Hybrid is to give buyers V-8 power with V-6 fuel economy. It does this in spades....

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