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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 things, but it’s fair to say luxury is not one of them.

Okay, so now we still have the VW attached to a luxury SUV, and do you get for your $63,450? A car much others in the VW corporate fold, as Audi A5 and Audi A7. The Touareg has that distinct feel of luxury – subdued leather all the high-tech options you’re to want, such as rear-view rain-sensing wipers, great system, full panoramic 12-way power driver’s with seat memory, and on and on it fills up the window sticker. of window stickers, you can opt for getting a less expensive Touareg by the base V6, 280 horsepower version, for $44,000.)

Volkswagen Touareg

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. them: BMW X5, Volvo XC90, SRX, Acura MDX, Pilot, Lexus GX460 and Highlander Hybrid.

There are some nits to in the Touareg. For all its vaunted hybridness, the ain’t great. Its EPA figures are mpg, city/highway. Come on, I think we can do better. The brakes on our were kind of grabby and it a while to give them a touch. Maybe it was something to do the regenerative braking system, but were quite sensitive. The nit has to do with acceleration: almost any to the gas pedal starts up the gasoline 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 liked the sun visors because VW, most auto makers, us two visors for each position – one to put out to the when the sun is coming in abeam, and the for when the sun is directly ahead. is a great boon when driving on a curving road keeps putting the car directly the late afternoon sun and then off to the of the sun. It means you don’t to keep moving a single sun from side to front to

In the end, this 21 st century of the People’s Car is probably a fitting for the age of aspirational car ownership. We’d all to be swaddled in leather seating, by zillion-watt stereos and caressed by and soothing air conditioning. VW has stepped up to the plate and provided all that, and

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

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