2011 VW Touareg Hybrid wants to be like Porshe, starts at $60,565

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If you’ve noticed lately, Volkswagen has become so confident lately that there is a sense of push within the company to make the VW brand as competitive as its Porshe division. Prices of its VW cars have been jumping north recently, but does it have what it takes to place the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid’s starting price so high at $60,565? That is near the 2011 Porshe Cayenne Hybrid’s price territory, which is $67,700.

Recently, Volkswagen introduced the new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, which is similar to the 2011 Porshe Cayenne Hybrid by design. If you put the two crossovers next to each other, they are pretty much identical. But not only that, the 2011 VW Touareg Hybrid uses the same supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system that are found in the 2011 Porsche Cayenne model.

So basically, you got two same vehicles but with different names. The 2011 Porshe Cayenne Hybrid maybe a bit too expensive for most people, and we would expect the 2011 VW Touareg Hybrid to step in to have prices more down to earth; it is not the case here. We were expecting the VW Touareg Hybrid model to be a bit north of the $44,350 price tag on the current TDI Touareg, but not at a monstrous $60,565 starting price tag. Don’t get us wrong, VW’s are good cars, but it hasn’t reach Porshe’s craftsmanship level yet. If you were going to pay that much, might as well get a Mercedes Benz or BMW.

And to top it off, the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid provide a measly 20 miles per gallon city and 25 miles per gallon highway. Those fuel consumption rating numbers are in the same league as most normal aspirated V6 engines. Basically, VW expects customer to pay an outrageous premium for a hybrid system that runs the same as most V6 engines.

All and all, the 2011 VW Touareg Hybrid crossover is a market plunder. Customers would be better off in getting the VW TDI Touareg diesel version instead.