The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is a luxury offroader that has been updated with more technology to make it more capable and comfortable both on and off the road than the on going model. The 2015 model has been significantly improved both in terms of style and performance and a HYBRID variant has been added which improves power and fuel efficiency.
2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Design
Touareg has always kept a simple design which gave a solid and strong impression, the new design elements further enhance the visual appeal of the car by adding angular cuts and creases, these changes are very small but still make the car look a lot bolder than the previous model. The front houses the wide grill accompanied by large head lamps, horizontal chrome strips runs through the grill giving it a clean look, the headlamps stretch back and the blacked out effect looks good. A thick chrome strip runs around the car from front bumper, along the side skirts to the back of the car.
The side profile is kept very simple, even the high shoulder line is well blended with the body. At the rear, large tail lamps and the twin exhaust stand out, in an otherwise plain design. Overall the design is very simple and elegant.
Special attention has been given to make the interiors a lot luxurious and appealing to the customers. The brown and beige combination looks very elegant and stylish. Use of soft touch plastics, leather seat covers and wood inserts give this car a premium feel. There is a lot of headroom and legroom for the passengers for both the seating rows. The central console houses the big infotainment screen, and the buttons and switches are ergonomically placed.
Engine and Performance
The car is powered by a 3.0 litre V 6 petrol engine, coupled with a hybrid electric motor. This combination produces 374 Horsepower.
The 52 PS motor is capable of driving this car at 50 Kmph on pure electric drive. The TSI motor is very refined and the Hybrid system returns a fuel efficiency of 24 miles per gallon, which is pretty good considering the amount of power it produces.
Powered is transferred to the All Wheel Drive via a 8 speed automatic transmission, which helps in increasing the fuel efficiency while maintaining the car is power band.
The power is more than sufficient for urban driving as well as serious offroading. Driving dynamics are very good, around corners there is a hint of body roll, but the steering feedback is very good, helping in controlling this huge car very precisely. Its off road capabilities are equally good as its on road manners, and it can go to extreme terrains without any problem.
Being a luxury off road vehicle, this car is loaded with both comfort as well as safety features. For driver assistance this car is equipped with bi xenon headlamps, adaptive cruise control, air suspension, dynamic light assist etc. For safety this car comes standard with airbags, ABS, stability control, lane assist, blind spot monitoring system, pre and post crash system etc.
The premium top end model is equipped with all the creature comforts that include leather upholstery, heated side mirrors, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, heated rear seats etc.
The 2015 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is a nice car which can be used as a urban commuter and for occasional off roads trips. Its hybrid engine works really well and provides both power and efficiency. It is modestly equipped with features that ensure comfort of passengers. Priced range will start from around 62,000 USD and will be available in mid 2015.