Blue Volkswagen Touran parked by waterfront

New Volkswagen Touran

From £33,795

The Touran is the flexible automotive friend that benefits large families and businesses. This mid-size MPV features a classy and spacious cabin and an extensive selection of engines, which proved to be a resounding success back.

Exterior design

The five-door Touran is endowed with body-coloured elements such as bumpers and (power-operated and heated) door mirrors, each bringing a subtle sophistication to the exterior. Contrast is provided by black roof rails, a gloss-black B pillar, black front air intakes and a black radiator grille, the latter embellished with chrome-plated louvers. SE trims add 16-inch alloy wheels and tinted and heat-insulated glass in rear windows. R-Line grades come with 18-inch Marseille alloys.

Interior design

A seven-seat cabin offers the driver adjustable seating, a height-and-reach-adjustable three-spoke steering wheel and excellent all-round visibility. A range of standard features include power-assisted steering, electric windows and air conditioning. With all seats up, boot space is 137 litres: with rear seats folded that capacity rises to 1,857 litres. A leather multifunction steering wheel is available with SE grades, and an illuminated panoramic sunroof comes with SE Family trims. R-Line grades add three-zone climate control.

Performance

Entry-level SE grades offer a choice of two engines, including a 1.5-litre 150PS Petrol unit which returns as much as 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 149g/km. The Start/Stop system reduces fuel consumption and emissions further by automatically turning the engine off whenever the Touran comes to a halt.

Technology and safety

Audio entertainment is provided by DAB radio, with sounds relayed through eight loudspeakers. A 16.5cm colour touchscreen provides an intuitive interface, and Bluetooth®, AUX and SD connectivity is included too. R-Line grades add a range of navigation aids. Electronic Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking System and Hill Hold are among a variety of featured driving aids, and seatbelt reminders, ISOFIX anchor points and multiple airbags offer extra protection. SE trims bring front and rear-parking sensors and an alarm, while SE Family editions add Adaptive Cruise Control.

What trim levels are on the Volkswagen Touran?

Touran SE

  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards, approx. 65% tinted
  • Silver roof rails
  • Parking sensors, front and rear
  • Preparaton for navigation system with media and internet package

Touran SE Family

  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards, approx. 65% tinted
  • Silver roof rails
  • Parking sensors, front and rear
  • Tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof with rear panoramic sunroof
  • Proactive passenger protection system in combination with Front Assist
  • 'We Connect' and 'We Connect Plus' functionality
  • Navigation system "Discover Media" including Streaming and Internet

Touran SEL

  • Front fog lights with static cornering function
  • Air Care Climatronic (3-zone) with rear air conditioning control panel
  • 'Art velours' seat centre section and 'Microfibre' side bolsters
  • Navigation system "Discover Media" including Streaming and Internet

Touran R-Line

  • Alloy wheels 18" 'Marseille'
  • Air Care Climatronic (3-zone) with rear air conditioning control panel
  • 'R-Line' styling pack. 'R-Line' design front and rear bumpers, radiator grille and body coloured side skirts
  • 'Race' seat centre section and 'San Remo' microfibre side bolsters
  • Navigation system "Discover Media" including Streaming and Internet

Volkswagen Touran Review

This mid-size MPV features a classy and spacious cabin and an extensive selection of engines, which proved to be a resounding success back in 2017 as Touran sales continued to soar!

What is it?

The first all-new Touran for what seems like a lifetime has adopted the latest, sharp-edged Volkswagen styling and takes on the look of a Golf Plus… err, Plus. The new seven-seater is longer but still only about 4.5 metres from nose to tail.

What’s new?

New engines make it more efficient, with well over 60mpg possible according to the official tests. Which is ideal if you're a busy family with plenty of practices, matches, demonstrations or shows to get to.

What's under the bonnet?

The 2.0-litre diesel is a vast improvement and the smooth 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol has its merits too. If you'd prefer a diesel with a little less power then you can look at the 1.6-litre version.

How does it look?

From the front only the roof height would tell you this isn’t a Golf; everything else is so similar. It’s a good looking thing from the front angles.

There is some stiff competition for the Touran in the MPV market at the moment. But the build, along with the drive quality and the tried and trusted mantra that follows the VW badge will ensure that it performs very well on the forecourts.

What's it like to drive?

The new Touran is noticeably more stable and composed, especially around corners and there's a much greater sense of oneness about the car.

More good news comes with the seats and the space around them. Three sub-six-foot adults can sit in line down each flank of the car, and the front two rows of seats are nicely shaped and comfortable.

What's it like inside?

If you’ve got time to count them there are 47 storage areas in the cabin; almost seven per seat on average. Blimey. They range from elasticated belts to split pockets on the back of the front seats, drawers under the front seats and deep bins at the sides of the tailgate aperture.

With all seven seats up you get decent boot space, but lower the two individual perches on row three and van-like proportions are revealed

Verdict

Growing families looking to upgrade from a Golf or even a Golf Plus will find the Touran a natural step up. The layout is very user-friendly and is likely to make everyday life that bit easier for its owners. Volkswagen also suggests that empty-nesters might get on board with the Touran’s sensibilities, and grandparents could see an advantage in having space for all their grandkids.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

  • Volkswagen Touran, from £19,940
  • Engine: 2.0-litre turbodiesel producing 148bhp and 340Nm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual driving the front wheels
  • Performance: Top speed 129mph, 0-62mph in 9.3 seconds
  • Economy: 64.2mpg combined
  • Emissions: 116g/km of CO2

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