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Volkswagen's improved third generation Touran is designed to compete with the best that the compact 7-seater MPV class can offer. Underpinnings from a Golf hatch bring with them highly efficient engines that complement neat design and general quality that can't be bettered in the Scenic and C-MAX sector.


The Touran compact MPV has the usual Volkswagen attributes - but will that be enough for class leadership? Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the latest version.

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Volkswagen's improved third generation Touran is designed to compete with the best that the compact 7-seater MPV class can offer. Underpinnings from a Golf hatch bring with them highly efficient engines that complement neat design and general quality that can't be bettered in the Scenic and C-MAX sector.


Volkswagen really should be good at MPVs. It has, after all, been making the things for well over sixty years. Today's volume Volkswagen people carrier is this one, the much-improved Touran. The Touran is the vehicle to which your Volkswagen dealer is most likely to direct you if you've a growing family and need an MPV to suit - though these days, the German brand does offer quite a choice of 7-seater options. Buyers needing something more utilitarian have the Caddy Life MPV, while those in search of greater quality have the five-seat Golf SV. If you need something really big, there's the Sharan, a step down from the enormous Caravelle which really is designed for people who've qualified for their own private parking bay at the maternity ward. For most of us most of the time though, this Touran should be about right, positioned directly against rivals like Vauxhall's Zafira Tourer and Renault's Grand Scenic at the larger end of the compact-MPV sector. Launched in 2003 and updated in 2007 and 2010, it was re-fettled in terms of both engine and elegance in mid-2015 - and that's the version we're looking at here.

Driving Experience

As the demand for MPVs has grown, so has the demand that they drive more like 'normal' cars. The Touran has always been relatively good dynamically but more will be expected of this model, which is longer, wider, lighter than its predecessors and comes equipped with a range of petrol and diesel engines that are more powerful. Buyers get a choice of five Euro6 engine variants - two petrol and three diesel. All are four-cylinder direct injection units with turbocharging. The 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol TSI powerplants develop 110PS and 150PS respectively. The diesel engine range starts with a 1.6-litre 115PS unit, plus there's a 2.0-litre powerplant with 150PS and 190PS options. The fastest diesel comes only with a DSG auto gearbox and this auto transmission is optional with other engines beyond the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol unit. Volkswagen hopes these refined units will make this Touran one of the most agile MPVs on the market. In the driver's seat, the steering column has been pitched at a slightly flatter angle to the dash and the steering wheel is more upright for a sportier feel. The dash panel has also been redesigned with a more driver-oriented layout.

Design and Build

From the outside, this model is still unmistakeably a Touran but, due to its longer wheelbase, it now looks sleeker and sharper. This Touran is 130mm longer than the model it replaces. Much of this is in the wheelbase, which, at 2,791mm, is 113mm longer than the previous model - further increasing usable interior space. At the front, the slim lower breather opening accentuates this MPV's width and low centre of gravity. Below the side windows is a contoured shoulder line starting above the front wheel arch which also emphasises its length. Long side windows add to what Volkswagen hopes is a light, sporty appearance. This MK3 model Touran is the first MPV the brand has based upon its Modular Transverse Matrix chassis, which allows a larger wheelbase and extra room inside. You notice this in the 743-litre luggage bay - which can be increased to 1,980-litres with the seats folded: it's the biggest in its class, making this an ideal family MPV. All models are equipped with a seven-seat layout that features a new fold-flat system. The seats in the second and third rows, plus the front passenger seat backrest (from SE trim up) can be folded in a matter of seconds, creating a level continuous floor for easy loading. With the second and third row seats folded, the Touran has a cargo capacity of 1,857-litres and has the largest luggage compartment in its class. 47 storage compartments also ensure that life's essentials gadgets can be carried safety and securely.

Market and Model

Price-wise, the Touran sits in the usual £22,000 to £30,000 bracket common to compact seven-seat MPVs of this kind. There are four main trim levels - 'S', 'SE', 'SE Family' and 'SEL' - and all models feature air conditioning, fold-flat seating, a touchscreen radio system, an easy-open and roll-up luggage compartment cover and an electric parking brake. Safety stuff runs to ISOFIX child seat fixtures on all rear seats, seatbelt detection in the second and third rows as well as the front, plus Automatic Post-Collision Braking and up to nine airbags. Ingenious touches include a large removable container in the 'Jumbo Box' under the front centre armrest and a luggage compartment light which can easily be snapped out for use as a torch. Further up the range, buyers will enjoy niceties like larger 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome-framed windows, ambient lighting and a three-zone automatic air-conditioning system. For those after something sportier looking still, there are R Line exterior and interior packages available plus optional LED headlights.

Cost of Ownership

Volkswagen reckons that the improved engine range is up to 19% more economical than before. The most fuel-efficient diesel, the 115PS 1.6 TDI with 7-speed DSG auto transmission, returns 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and 116g/km of CO2. The most economical petrol-driven model is the 1.4 TSI, which delivers 150PS while achieving a combined cycle consumption figure of 52.3mpg when combined with the optional seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. All models feature Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems as standard. And, despite being longer, this MK3 model Touran is 62kg lighter, which also aids fuel economy, as does the new model's improved aerodynamics.


The Touran has already established a strong following amongst growing families. All it really needed was a little more of a spark, both in way it looked and performed. This improved third generation version is about as far as Volkswagen is prepared to go in that direction, with sharper looks, even higher quality and a range of more efficient engines. Will it be enough? Maybe not to shift this car's appeal too far from those who would have bought one anyway but it remains the quality choice at the upper end of the compact 7-seater MPV sector - and a surprisingly affordable one. It's not an avant garde option but it's a stylishly safe one - and there's a lot to be said for that.

  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
  • Tailgate wiper- reverse gear activation
  • Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
  • Heat insulated tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar back

  • Hill hold control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Electronic Differential Lock + Anti-slip regulation
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Traction control
  • Front assist including city emergency braking
  • Automatic post collision braking system

  • Speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Speed sensitive power steering

  • Multi function computer
  • Audible lights on warning
  • External temperature gauge
  • Multi function display
  • Trip and service interval display
  • Flat tyre indicator

  • Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror/rain sensor
  • Electric heated + adjustable door mirrors

  • Brushed design decorative inserts

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • 8 speakers
  • Multi device interface
  • SD card slot

  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille louvre inserts
  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Silver roof rails
  • Aerial integrated into side window

  • Daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function

  • Dust/pollen filters

  • 3 spoke steering wheel
  • Retractable luggage cover
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Storage bins on all doors
  • Lockable/illuminated glovebox
  • 4 boot load lashing points
  • Front seatback folding tables
  • 12V power point for Row 2
  • Centre armrest on rear seat bench
  • Driver and front passenger under seat drawer
  • Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
  • Multi-function centre console with storage facilities
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Multi storage in passenger/luggage areas
  • Storage in roof console

  • Interior light with delay
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Front and rear reading lights

  • Driver/Passenger whiplash optimised head restraints
  • Loose wheel warning function
  • Door open warning reflectors
  • Warning triangle
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • 3 point height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Front and rear (row 2) curtain airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system

  • Front passenger seat height adjustment
  • 3 single slide/fold/removable 2nd row seats
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints
  • Isofix on 3rd row seats
  • 2 head restraints in 3rd row
  • 2 three point seatbelts in 3rd row
  • 3 head restraints in 2nd row
  • 3x3 point seatbelts on 2nd row with height adjust on outer seats
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • 2nd row centre seat converts into table
  • 2 individual fold flat 3rd row seats
  • Front height/lumbar adjustable comfort seats
  • Front seat storage pockets
  • Split folding rear seat backrests
  • Folding front passenger seat

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Alarm
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys

  • Illuminated sun visor mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 121
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.2:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 81
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 95.5
  • CC: 1968

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 52.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 65.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 44.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.4

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 88
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 89
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: TDI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 251
  • Engine Torque - NM: 340
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/60 R16
  • Wheel Style: Trondheim
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1628
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4527
  • Width: 1814
  • Wheelbase: 2791

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1496
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2200
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 58.1
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 704

  • Heated front windscreen: £160

  • Front/rear floor mats: £95

  • Sports suspension: £130
  • Dynamic chassis control: £820

  • Advance telephone connection: £335
  • Car-Net App-Connect: £165
  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity: Included

  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Rear view camera: £170
  • Trailer assist steering including park assist with rear view camera: £485
  • Side scan blind spot detection with rear traffic alert: £495
  • Side scan blind spot detection with rear traffic alert lane assist and speed limit display: £985
  • Dynamic light assist: £415
  • Driver profile selection: £155
  • Lane assist: £485
  • Park assist with front and rear parking sensors and optical display: £200
  • Driver alert system: £75

  • Electric tailgate closing: £345

  • Discover navigation system with 8.0" colour screen, radio/CD player, European map data: £845
  • Discover DVD nav pro with 9.2" colour touch screen, radio/CD player, European map data, 64GB hard drive, voice control, car-net guide and inform plus: £2,325

  • Composition media system with 6.5 colour touch screen infotainment, radio/CD: Included
  • USB connection: Included

  • Special solid paint: £285
  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof: £1,160
  • Pearlescent paint: £630
  • Metallic paint: £630
  • Solid paint: Included

  • LED tail lights: £390
  • LED Headlights: £1,035
  • LED premium headlights with LED daytime running light, dynamic cornering light, dynamic range adjustable and headlight washers: £1,320
  • High beam assist: £135
  • Front fog lights with static cornering function: £265

  • 3 Zone electronic climate control with automatic air recirculation: £455
  • Manual air conditioning: Included

  • Leather multifunction steering wheel: Included
  • Roll up sunblinds on rear side windows: £100
  • Cargo management system: £150
  • Vienna leather heated front seats: £2,130
  • Luggage restraint / net partition: £225
  • Leather heated multifunction steering wheel with paddle shift: £240
  • Art velour/Microfibre cloth upholstery + front driver's seat with electric massage function and lumbar support: £710
  • 230V socket in luggage compartment: £125
  • Lasano cloth upholstery: Included

  • Ambient lighting in door trim: £165

  • Mirror pack - Touran: £155
  • Winter pack with heated outer rear seats - Touran: £605
  • Winter pack when chosen with leather upholstery: £290
  • Family Pack - Touran: £200
  • Smoker's pack: £20
  • Winter pack - Touran: £400

  • Metallic - Atlantic blue: £630
  • Metallic - Reflex silver: £630
  • Metallic - Caribbean blue: £630
  • Metallic - White silver: £630
  • Metallic - Indium grey: £630
  • Metallic - Titanium beige: £630

  • Pearl - Deep black: £630

  • Solid - Urano grey: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £285

  • Pre crash system: £130
  • Rear side airbags: £310
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system: £150

  • Isofix on 2nd row outer seats: Included
  • 2 integrated child seats in 2nd row: £415
  • 1 integrated child seat in 2nd row left: £215

  • Keyless entry system with hands free boot opening: £645
  • Keyless entry: £330

  • Swivelling towbar with 13 pin electrical kit: £700

  • Art velour/Microfibre cloth - Titan Black + front driver's seat with electric massage function and lumbar support: £710
  • Lasano cloth - Titan black: £0
  • Lasano cloth - Storm grey/Palladium: £0

  • Vienna leather - Storm grey/Palladium + heated front seats: £2,130
  • Vienna leather - Titan black + heated front seats: £2,130

  • 17" Vallelunga alloy wheels with mobility tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts: £565
  • 17" Stockholm alloy wheels with mobility tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts: £445
  • 16" Trondheim alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel bolts: Included

  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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