The Touareg doesn't have at all the same high-value proposition as models like the Jetta and Passat, but if you can overlook its mainstream badge you'll find an equipment list that's on par with luxury-brand vehicles. Whether or not that adds up to a luxury-brand price is your call—and in our opinion, if you can get one of the more basic VR6 or TDI models and hold back on the options, you'll be getting a reasonably good value.
VW still offers VR6 and TDI models in Sport, Lux, and Executive models, while the Hybrid is only offered in a trim that's equivalent to the Executive level. Leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and memory seats are all included in the base Sport model. Executive and Hybrid models add premium audio, rear-obstacle detection, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and starting, and heated rear seats. Exclusive to the Hybrid model is a power tilt/telescope steering wheel.
For 2013, Hybrid models get new LED taillamps; Sport trim models get a new 18-inch wheel design, and Executive and Hybrid models now come with 'Vavona' wood trim.
If you're already splurging and willing to spend some extra, options at the top of the lineup include a 620-watt Dynaudio premium audio system, as well as a navigation system with upgraded display and built-in music storage.