As far as SUV’s go you wouldn’t consider them to be very environmentally friendly, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Volkswagen’s latest Touareg saves 20 percent on carbon emissions. The Hybrid uses a thermal management system and a lot of automatic engine offing to reduce the release of harmful gases. As a student it is nice to see an increase in cars which are ‘carbon conscious’ as it is my generations future which will benefit from these types of vehicles. Don’t get me wrong, owning one of these cars won’t be saving any polar bears yet, but they certainly have the potential to do so further down the line.
This SUV doesn’t skimp on power either, the V6 FSI engine is said to do 100 kph in 6.8 seconds, 0.7 seconds faster than the V8. The electrical engine is sufficient to carry the car up to 48 kph when the petrol kicks in with a barely detectable nudge.
The Hybrid is comfortable on the highway and has no problems off road, remaining as strong as ever. So what’s different?
The design of the Touareg is lighter, sleeker and roomier than before. It’s lost 208kgs leading to improved handling, has 1,642 litres of cargo space and an improved aerodynamic structure. Providing plenty of room for a middle-sized family, the interior is a luxurious combination of ‘cool’ sunlight reflecting leather and wood. It contains all the latest gadgets you would expect, including seat memory, a screen displaying the several cameras (making you aware of everything around you… And I mean everything) and the latest media compatibility.
One concern was a lack of tinted windows which invited heat into the car, however, the powerful air-conditioning made up for it- proving going green is not as easy as you think.
Verdict: This car is an excellent choice if you don’t want to sacrifice power and do your bit to save the environment for future generations. Available now in the UAE.
By Medi Coulson