2013 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2014 Porsche Cayenne S

By Brandy Schaffels and edited by Christina Selter.

Want to compare luxurious utility and also be eco friendly? Then why not take a look at the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid.

2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

When it was first introduced in 2012, the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid featured the world’s first supercharged gasoline hybrid engine, combining the punch of a V-8 with the fuel efficient 20 city/24 highway mpg of a V-6—and, at speeds up to 30 mph, the zero emissions of an electric car.

2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Under the hood, Volkswagen’s Touareg Hybrid powertrain pairs a 333-horsepower/3.0-liter supercharged, direct-injection V6 gasoline engine with a 47-horsepower electric motor. The Touareg hybrid powertrain delivers 428 lb-ft of torque for excellent off-the-line performance. At other times, the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid can cruise up to 30 mph on pure, zero-emission electric power.

Regenerative braking allows the electric motor to recover kinetic energy and recharge the battery pack during coasting and braking, The standard Stop-Start system automatically stops the engine during idling, such as while waiting at a red light. When the brake is released, the engine re-starts.

Volkswagen’s 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive is standard on the Touareg hybrid. The rear limited-slip Torsen differential splits the available torque 40 percent to the front and 60 percent to the rear for balanced on- and off-road driving.

2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

The Touareg Hybrid’s luxurious interior features optional leather, elegant walnut wood, and an available 620-watt, 10-speaker sound system from Danish hi-fi specialists Dynaudio. A longer wheelbase offers an extra 2.7 inches of knee room: with a 40/60-split rear seat that can slide forward or back by 6.3 inches, as well as recline, there’s no better vehicle for relaxing on a road trip. With room to carry five in comfort, the Touareg hybrid can also carry a ton of luggage. Press a button on the remote key fob to open the power-lift tailgate to find enough space behind the seats to hold more than 32 cubic feet of cargo. A 40/20/40-split rear seat folds offer an array of load-carrying possibilities — up to an impressive 64 cubic feet of cargo. The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid offers a standard panoramic glass sunroof that occupies almost the entire roof area above the occupants. Measuring 57 inches long and 39 inches wide, a full 350 percent larger than the sunroof in the previous model.

2014 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

The Cayenne S Hybrid is Porsche’s first production vehicle with a hybrid powertrain. Under the hood, the 2014 Porsche Cayenne S hybrid is also powered by a 333-horsepower/3.0 liter supercharged V-6 engine with direct fuel injection coupled with a 47-hp electric motor. The electrical system can drive the Cayenne under full electric power or in tandem with the supercharged V-6. The Porsche hybrid drive boosts efficiency at higher speeds and in certain conditions such as highway driving by shutting the combustion engine off and “coasting,” eliminating fuel consumption altogether for portions of the drive.

2014 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

Porsche’s eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission combines a wide range of gear ratios with an automatic Start Stop function to promise acceleration to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph, while also delivering fuel economy of 20 city/24 highway miles per gallon. Regenerative braking stores the electrical energy recovered during braking and driving in a 288-volt nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery under the trunk floor.

Porsche’s Traction Management system in the Cayenne S Hybrid features a permanent four-wheel drive with a self-locking center differential to improve driving dynamics, agility, and traction management under a variety of terrain and driving conditions.

Inside, the luxurious cockpit-like interior features a high center console like that found in the Panamera sedan, which rises to meet the dashboard center stack and touch-screen infotainment interface. The standard sound system includes handsfree Bluetooth integration for cell phone, iPod, and USB, while optional high-end sound systems from Bose and Burmester are also available. An optional electric slide/tilt panoramic moonroof offers 15 cubic-feet of open sky viewing through a tinted single-pane of safety glass and features a manually adjustable sunscreen and remote closing function.

2014 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

With a total volume of 23.7 cubic feet of storage, the Porsche Cayenne S hybrid seats five and also offers enough space for up to six suitcases. Other standard features include a meshed storage compartment and a load-through opening when the center section of the rear bench is folded down. An automatic tailgate with an opening height can be adjusted and set to the height of your garage is available as an option.

Making your final comparison between the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

With so many similarities between powertrains and features, when it comes down to it, the biggest dividing factor is your preference for vehicle aesthetics and personal comfort, as well price and prestige badging. The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid features a suggested retail price of $62,575 plus $875 destination charge while the Cayenne S Hybrid comes in a little higher, at $70,900 with $975 in destination and delivery charges.

(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Porsche and Volkswagen.)