Pricing for the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg will start at $44,450 for the base model, which is quite a hike over the $40,850 asking price for the base 2010 model. For that money you get a 280 horsepower V-6 engine, which returns 16/23 mpg city/highway fuel economy, as well as 18 inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, Bluetooth connectivity and power and heated front seats.
The diesel option returns for 2011, this time rated at 225 horsepower and returning a fuel economy of 19/28 mpg city/highway. This particular model will be priced from $47,950.
The most fuel efficient model, however, is the flagship Touareg Hybrid, which sports a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 mated to a hybrid system. This model replaces the previous generation’s V-8 option and is priced from $60,565. Fuel economy is a very reasonable 20/25 mpg city/highway
All models come equipped with an eight-speed automatic as standard, and all include an $820 destination fee.
Interestingly, the new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg is priced closer to luxury rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz ML, which lists from $46,490, and the BMW X5, which starts at $46,300. Its closest competitors, however, are vehicles like the Buick Enclave and Acura MDX, both of which start significantly lower than the Volkswagen.