Volkswagen Touran (10 on) - Review

Review by Chris Ebbs on
Last Updated: 15 Nov 2012
4
‘Cleanse, downsize and economise.’ It’s the mantra behind most new cars these days, and Volkswagen has been at the forefront of this attitude shift for many years.

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

There’s hardly any road, engine or wind noise in the cabin, which means it’s a pleasant car to drive. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and there’s plenty of head- and leg-room. The chassis is well-tailored to family driving, with a comfortable and smooth ride.

4 out of 5

Practicality

Thanks to its car-like five-door configuration the Touran is easy to access while the large rear hatch means loading things into the back is pretty simple. There’s a maximum of 35 storage areas in the cabin of the Touran (depending on configuration). The middle row of seats slide forwards and backwards, fold down or can be completely removed. While the middle seat can also be used as a table, complete with cup holders. With seven seats in use, the load area is 121 litres, fold the rear seats down and you get 695 litres of space, while removing the middle seats gives you 1,913 litres. Although sold as a seven-seater, the Touran can be ordered with the rear-most seats deleted. In this case if the middle row is removed you get the maximum 1,989 litres of storage space.

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Behind the wheel

The driving position is slightly higher than most cars, providing excellent visibility for the driver. The gearshift is floor-mounted and feels nice and solid. While the arm-rest on the door is ideally placed to provide support without being intrusive. The dash and interior is the kind of high quality typical of VW, with the controls intuitively placed and easy to use.