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Volkswagen Touran review

2015 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 54.4
” Capable family people-carrier seats seven at a push “

At a glance

Price new £37,420 - £40,840
Used prices £7,142 - £32,088
Road tax cost £35 - £600
Insurance group 9 - 21
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Fuel economy 39.2 - 53.3 mpg
Range 740 - 855 miles
Miles per pound 5.6 - 6.8
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons

  • Practical features
  • Frugal engines
  • Contemporary safety tech
  • Good build quality
  • Third row tight on space
  • Interior lacks excitement
  • Dull design

Written by Parkers Experts Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 23 November 2022


Historically, the Volkswagen Touran MPV has been a huge success story for the German company, with over 1.9 million having found homes worldwide.

But as the popularity of SUVs continues to gain momentum, MPV sales have taken a hit, despite this latest-generation Touran being among our favourite cars of this type.

Its competition is becoming rarer by the minute, but includes the Citroen Grand C4 PicassoFord Grand C-Max and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer.

This generation of Touran is larger, lighter, more efficient and loaded with more kit than ever before.

The Touran's boot is absolutely huge

Focus on families

Very much geared to family life, the Touran comes with seven seats as standard and, thanks to a growth spurt over the previous version, 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, making for one very long load-through space.

With five seats in place there’s up to 917 litres of boot room on offer, and this grows to a van-like 1,857 litres when both rear seat rows are folded flat. The Touran is one seriously practical car.

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 child seats next to each other in the second row, and there are mounts for two in the back seats.

The VW Touran has a range of petrol and diesel engines

Economical and powerful engines

There are five engines available to choose from, all of which with have four cylinders, turbocharging, and stop/start technology. The petrol units are 1.2- and 1.4-litres in size, while the diesel line-up features a 1.6-litre and two 2.0-litre powerplants.

While this Touran is larger than its predecessor, it is also lighter by up to 67kg, which makes for better fuel consumption. Fitted with BlueMotion fuel-saving technology, the 115hp, 1.6-litre diesel has a claimed economy of 65.7mpg, while the 150hp 1.4-litre petrol promises almost 50mpg.

The 150hp 2.0-litre diesel comes with a six-speed manual or the option of a six-speed auto DSG gearbox, while the higher-powered 190hp diesel comes with the auto gearbox as standard and is only available in top-of-the-range SEL trim.

Volkswagen Touran

Generous equipment

You were initially able to buy the Volkswagen Touran in four trims; S, SE, SE Family and SEL, with R-Line added in 2016.

Even as standard it comes with plenty of practical features and modern day tech including DAB radio, Bluetooth and air-con. Moving up trim levels gained 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.

There’s a raft of driver assistance and safety features included as standard or optionally at extra cost, such as 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.

R-Line is the sporty Touran

R-Line trim adds a bodykit and 18-inch alloy wheels over other models. Inside there’s special R-Line branded sports seats, a black roof lining and a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel.

R-Line is available with either 1.4-litre 150hp petrol or 2.0-litre 150hp or 190hp diesels, and manual or automatic gearboxes.

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.