VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN TOURAN DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDI SEL 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.3s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2142 g/km

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.

TOUR LEADER

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.

Ten Second Review

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.

Background

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.

Summary

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
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted
  • Windscreen wipers intermittent wipe

  • Energy recovery system
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • ESC with ABS
  • Front assist including city emergency braking
  • Auto hold function
  • Electronic Differential Lock + Anti-slip regulation
  • Front/rear disc brakes
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill hold control
  • Traction control

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity

  • Speed limiter
  • Driver alert system
  • Mobile pairing with SMS function
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Speed sensitive power steering

  • Driver electronic voice amplification function
  • Stop/start system

  • Multifunction colour display
  • Misfuelling protection device
  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • Car information display
  • Audible lights on warning
  • External temperature gauge
  • Flat tyre indicator
  • Trip and service interval display
  • Electronic odometer
  • Rev counter with fuel gauge

  • Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
  • Electric folding door mirrors with reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror

  • Piano black decorative inserts
  • Chrome plated instrument surrounds

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • MP3/WMA compatability
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB connection
  • SD card slot
  • Audio Connectivity System
  • 4x20 watt output
  • Title and cover art display

  • Volkswagen roundel
  • Gloss black finish B pillar
  • Chrome lower front bumper insert
  • Chrome trimmed front air intake surrounds
  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille louvre inserts
  • Chrome fog light surround
  • Silver roof rails
  • Aerial integrated into side window
  • Chrome trimmed side windows
  • Fully galvanised body
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers

  • High level third brake light
  • Dusk sensor + auto driving lights
  • Front fog lights with static cornering function

  • 3 Zone electronic climate control with automatic air recirculation
  • Dust/pollen filters

  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Retractable luggage cover
  • 3 spoke steering wheel
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Storage bins on all doors
  • 4 boot load lashing points
  • Front seatback folding tables
  • 2nd row centre armrest
  • Multi-function centre console with storage facilities
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Multi storage in passenger/luggage areas
  • 12V power point for Row 2
  • Driver and front passenger under seat drawer
  • Large storage compartment in roof console
  • Media box in dashboard on passenger side

  • Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination with red night time illumination
  • Ambient lighting in door trim and foot well
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Interior light with delay

  • Mirror pack - Touran
  • Convenience Pack - Touran

  • Loose wheel warning function
  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection
  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Two tone horn
  • Door open warning reflectors
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • 3 point height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Front and rear (row 2) curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Drivers knee airbag

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

  • Alarm with remote central locking and interior protection
  • Electronic engine immobiliser

  • XDS electronic differential lock

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 122
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 142

  • 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: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 81
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 95.5
  • CC: 1968

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.7

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: 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: SEL
  • Coin Description: TDI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • 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
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.3
  • Top Speed: 129
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 34.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: ALEXANDRIA
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1484
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2180
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 58.1
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 137
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 696
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1857

  • Heated front windscreen: £175

  • Sports suspension: £140
  • Dynamic chassis control: £695

  • Wireless app connect: Included

  • Side scan and lane assist with rear traffic alert: £1,040
  • Side scan with rear traffic alert: £525
  • Dynamic light assist: £440
  • Driver profile selection: Included
  • Trailer assist steering with park assist: £490
  • Rear view camera: £280
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Lane assist: £515
  • Parallel parking assist: £210

  • Electric tailgate closing: £365

  • Discover nav, Euro 2D/3D map view+6.5" colour touchscreen CD + Radio, European map data, Car net guide/inform: Included
  • Discover DVD nav pro with 8" colour touch screen, Radio/CD, 64 GB SSD hard drive, car net guide and inform plus: £1,650
  • Digital Cockpit Pro: £450

  • Dynaudio sound system: £600
  • 8 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £635
  • Pearlescent paint: £635
  • Special solid paint: £385
  • Electric, glass sliding/tilting panoramic sunroof including integrated roller blind: £1,250

  • High beam assist: £150
  • LED premium headlights with LED daytime running lights, dynamic cornering lights, dynamic range adjustment and headlight washers: £1,700
  • Daytime running lights: Included
  • Halogen clear Headlights: Included
  • LED Headlights: £1,075
  • Range adjustable headlights: Included
  • LED tail lights: £410

  • Luggage restraint / net partition: £235
  • Vienna leather heated front seats: £1,850
  • Roll up sunblinds on rear side windows: £110
  • Heated leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel: £130
  • 230V power socket and removable packet in boot: £140
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel with gear knob: Included
  • Cargo management system with luggage net and removable luggage compartment light: £165
  • Art velour/Microfibre cloth upholstery: Included

  • Luggage compartment lighting: Included

  • Winter pack - Touran: £415
  • Family Pack - Touran: £205
  • Winter pack when chosen with leather upholstery: £305
  • Winter pack with heated front and outer rear seats - Touran: £630

  • Metallic - Atlantic blue: £635
  • Metallic - Dolphin grey: £635
  • Metallic - Reflex silver: £635

  • Pearl - Deep black: £635

  • Solid - Urano grey: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £385

  • Side airbag for second row seats: £330
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator: Included
  • Electrically operated child locks on rear doors: Included
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system: £170

  • Front passenger seat height adjustment: Included
  • 2 integrated child seats in 2nd row: £430
  • Front comfort seats with lumbar support: Included
  • 1 integrated child seat in 2nd row left: £220
  • 14 way electric front seats with lumbar adjustment and massage function: £500

  • Keyless entry with stop/start button and hands free tailgate opening: £680
  • Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console: £350

  • Swivelling towbar with 13 pin electrical kit: £735

  • Art velour/Microfibre cloth - Deep mocha: £0
  • Art velour/Microfibre cloth - Storm grey/Palladium: £0
  • Art velour/Microfibre cloth - Titan black: £0

  • Vienna leather - Titan black + heated front seats: £1,850
  • Vienna leather - Storm grey/Palladium + heated front seats: £1,850

  • 17" Alexandria alloy wheels with self sealing tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 17" Vallelunga alloy wheels with self sealing tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts: £150

  • Tyre mobility system: Included
  • Space saver spare wheel: £100

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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