- Practical features
- Frugal engines
- New safety tech
- Good build quality
- Third row tight on space
- Interior lacks excitement
The Volkswagen Touran has been a hugely successful car for the German firm with over 1.9 million having found homes worldwide, and just under 100,000 of those were sold in the UK.
Having been on sale for 12 years now, the current generation Touran is starting to look its age and is being usurped by newer more modern rivals like the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Ford Grand C Max.
The good news is that the next-generation Touran has arrived. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the new car is larger, lighter, more efficient and loaded with more kit than ever before.
Focus on families
Very much geared to family life, the new Touran comes with seven seats as standard and thanks to a growth spurt offers more space inside with more luggage capacity too.
The second and third rows and the front passenger backrest can be collapsed to create a flat floor, without having to remove the seats, to create a long load-through space. With five seats in place there’s 917 litres of boot space on offer which grows to 1,857 litres when both rear seat rows are folded flat.
With a keen focus on practicality, there are up to 47 storage compartments throughout the car, including large door bins, cupholders, folding tray tables and sliding drawers under the front seats.
You can also fit three ISOFIX seats next to each other in the second row, and there are mounts for two in the back seats.
Economical and powerful engines
There are five engines available to choose from launch, all of which with have four cylinders, turbocharging, and stop/start technology. The petrol units are 1.2- and 1.4-litre, while the diesel line-up features a 1.6-litre and two 2.0-litre powerplants.
While the new Touran is larger than before it is also lighter by up to 67kgs which makes for less fuel consumption. Fitted with BlueMotion fuel-saving technology, the 108bhp, 1.6-litre diesel has a claimed economy of 69mpg, while the 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol promises over 50mpg.
The 2-litre diesel 148bhp version comes with a six-speed manual or the option of a six-speed auto DSG gearbox, while the higher-powered 187bhp diesel comes with the auto gearbox as standard and is only available in top-of-the-range SEL trim.
New equipment added
You’ll be able to buy the Volkswagen Touran in four trims; S, SE, SE Family which is new for this model and SEL.
Even as standard there are plenty of practical features and modern day tech including DAB radio, Bluetooth and air-con. Moving up trim levels gains access to other luxuries like parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, sat-nav and App Connect which includes smartphone integration into the car via Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink or Android Auto.
Safety was an important consideration when designing the new Touran and there’s a raft of driver assistance systems and safety features included as standard or optional. Systems like Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking (provides automatic braking in slow moving traffic when it detects stationary cars and the driver takes no action), Traffic Jam Assist and Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert are all available in the new model.
If you’re thinking of towing a caravan or trailer, the Touran can tow up to 2,000kg and also available as an option is the Trailer Assist system which helps make manoeuvring into parking spaces much easier.