VW’s hy­brid packs a pow­er­ful punch

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

Eco Touareg any­one? Volk­swa­gen’s Cayen­necloned all­roader, pic­tured, could be on sale in the au­tumn with a hy­brid power unit com­pris­ing a three-litre su­per­charged petrol V6 with around 330bhp, backed by a 46bhp elec­tric mo­tor.

They com­bine through an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box to pro­duce 34mpg and 193g/km, which is out­stand­ing for such power and go­ing to make it a cheap­ish car to run.

It is quick, with 0-62mph in 6.5 sec­onds and 149mph. Cost: about £50,000. Though an­other ex­am­ple of how hy­brid power packs can give vastly im­proved mpg and CO2 read­ings in statu­tory tests, real-life fig­ures can de­te­ri­o­rate.

Volk­swa­gen re­vealed its new Touran mpv this week at the Leipzig Mo­tor Show, with a brighter face with hor­i­zon­tal themes from Golf/Polo/Touareg.

De­liv­er­ies be­gin in Oc­to­ber, and the new petrol en­trylevel en­gine is the hearty 1.2litre 105ps turbo petrol unit.

A diesel 1.6 with 105ps fit­ted with the op­tional Blue­mo­tion eco tech kit, re­turns a com­bined 61.4mpg.

An­other op­tion is not only guided par­al­lel park­ing but end-on park­ing.

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