VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN TOURAN ESTATE 1.5 TSI EVO SEL 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2148 g/km

BOXING CLEVER?

The Touran packs all of Volkswagen's values into a mini-MPV for the customer who appreciates quality. June Neary reports

Will It Suit Me?

There seems nothing to stop the inexorable rise in popularity of the mini-MPV. These rather ungainly little cars appear to have knocked sales of small estates on the head and are now going about putting a big dent in the popularity of conventional family hatchbacks. It's easy to see why when confronted with a car as practical as Volkswagen's third generation Touran. It betters something like a Golf in a number of key criteria and doesn't actually cost that much more. Even if you haven't got a huge family to cart around with you, the sheer space and versatility of the Touran make it a very handy companion.

Practicalities

The Touran campaigns in the upper sector of the mini-MPV market, unsurprising given its evidently superior fit and finish. Rivals include cars like Renault's Grand Scenic and Citroen's Grand C4 Picasso. Available only in seven seat guise, the Touran's seating system is certainly flexible. The rearmost pair of seats, whilst only really suitable for kiddies, can fold flat into the floor which means that for most of the time you'll have an easily accessible and spacious luggage bay. You can even fold the middle seat of the middle row, making a four seater that can transport long items like skis with supreme ease. All three of the middle seats slide backwards and forwards on separate runners. Out back, there's inevitably not much luggage space with all seven seats in place - just 137-litres, enough for a couple of carefully positioned small overnight bags. Still, that's the case with any car in this class. Much of the time of course, you're not going to need the two third row chairs. Fold these and you'll raise your boot space up to 917-litres. Or 743-litres up the windowline, which, impressively, is more than you get in a much longer Ford S-MAX. Need more room? Well if the item in question is merely long and thin, like a set of skis, it may suffice merely to flatten the middle second row backrest. If though, you really need to super-size your space, then folding all three rear chairs creates a completely flat cargo area, 1,857-litres in size. That's enough for me. There are plenty of clever touches too. Most owners will want what Volkswagen calls its 'Family Pack' items - namely side window blinds, electrically-activated rear door child locks and a neat Electronic voice amplification system so that front seat folk can more easily talk to passengers behind. I particularly liked the optional Car-Net 'Cam-Connect' app that can connect into a GoPro camera and transmit images from the back of the vehicle onto the centre dash infotainment screen, so that I could keep an eye on what was happening in the rear two rows without needing to turn round.

Behind the Wheel

Where previous Tourans felt like more spacious versions of the Golf hatch they were based upon, this MK3 version feels closer to being a slightly smaller version of Volkswagen's bigger Sharan MPV. That's thanks not only to its extra interior space but also to the more sophisticated ride enabled by the compliant four-link suspension that Volkswagen has designed to sit upon this third generation model's lighter, more sophisticated MQB platform. Beneath the bonnet, buyers get a choice of two petrol TSI engines, 1.2 and 1.4-litres in size, plus at the top of the line-up, a couple of 2.0-litre TDI diesels developing either 150 or 190PS. Most Touran buyers though, will continue to choose the mid-range 110PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel unit I tried, primarily for its frugality. Mate this to the optional DSG automatic gearbox and you can return up to 65.7mpg on the combined cycle and 111g/km of CO2, the kinds of figures you could expect from a 1.2-litre Fat 500 citycar.

Value For Money

If you want the Volkswagen badge and the feel-good factor of all that heavyweight quality you'll need to pay for it. The Touran weighs in towards the upper reaches of the mini-MPV scale with even the entry-level version costing nearly £22,000. Get a little more ambitious with engine and trim choices and you can easily spend as much as you would on a bigger Volkswagen Sharan. It's decently equipped though. Even entry-level 'S' trim gets you the 'Composition Media' system with its 6.5-inch touchscreen. Via this, you'll access an eight-speaker DAB stereo system with Bluetooth 'phone connectivity, an SD card reader and a USB connection. You get an old fashioned CD player too, which isn't always included as standard on cars these days. Volkswagen also throws in roof rails and an XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling. We'd have liked to see a spare wheel of some kind too but unfortunately, as is depressingly common these days, you're stuck, as standard, with one of those fiddly tyre repair kits. Otherwise, included equipment really just covers the basics you'd expect for this kind of money - things like air conditioning, driver's seat height adjustment, all round electric windows and mirrors and a multi-function trip computer.

Could I Live With One?

The Volkswagen Touran is one of the easiest cars to live with imaginable. If anything, it's almost too blandly competent for my personal tastes. I prefer something a little edgier and despite its multitude of good ideas and obvious depth of engineering, the Touran comes off as a little unadventurous compared to cars like the Ford C-MAX, the Renault Grand Scenic and the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. It's got that Volkswagen quality feel and aura of dependability though, that will tempt many sensibly-minded families. If that appeals, you'll find plenty else to like here.

  • 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

  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • ESC with ABS
  • Front assist including city emergency braking
  • Auto hold function
  • Energy recovery system
  • 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
  • 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

  • Petrol Particulate Filter

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

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

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

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

  • Large storage compartment in roof console
  • Media box in dashboard on passenger side
  • 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
  • Driver and front passenger under seat drawer
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Multi-function centre console with storage facilities
  • Multi storage in passenger/luggage areas
  • 12V power point for Row 2

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

  • 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
  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints
  • 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

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

  • XDS electronic differential lock

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Tyre mobility system

  • CO2 (g/km): 132
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 148

  • CC: 1498
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: SOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 39.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.1

  • 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: 18E
  • 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: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: SEL
  • Coin Description: TSI EVO
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - KW: 110

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

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

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

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 137
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1857

  • Heated front windscreen: £175

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

  • Wireless app connect: Included

  • Dynamic light assist: £440
  • Driver profile selection: Included
  • Trailer assist steering with park assist: £490
  • Side scan and lane assist with rear traffic alert: £1,040
  • Side scan with rear traffic alert: £525
  • 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 Metallic paint: £755
  • Special solid paint: £385
  • Electric, glass sliding/tilting panoramic sunroof including integrated roller blind: £1,250

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

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

  • Luggage compartment lighting: Included

  • Winter pack - Touran: £415
  • Winter pack when chosen with leather upholstery: £305
  • Family Pack - Touran: £205
  • 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 metallic - Kings red: £755
  • Special solid - Pure white: £385

  • Tyre pressure loss indicator: Included
  • Side airbag for second row seats: £330
  • 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
  • 1 integrated child seat in 2nd row left: £220
  • Front comfort seats with lumbar support: Included
  • 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 - Storm grey/Palladium + heated front seats: £1,850
  • Vienna leather - Titan black + 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

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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