This is an outstanding family car a real pleasure to drive. The interior has been described as drab - I prefer to call it classic. It's very user friendly. With four children it's usually full to capacity yet it always feels comfortable not squashed. The children love the car - it's a real hit in our family.
Having changed from a Land Rover Discovery, the drive is nothing but ing , it has real punch, superb acceleration and great manouveability.
I highly recomend this car. well done VW a family car to be proud of.
Although the Touran is an excellent car, BEWARE. I bought the 1.6 FSI. The dealer did not tell me that it is recommended to use 98 RON petrol not 95 RON. The other FSIs only use 97/98 RON, so make sure you are aware before you buy.
Otherwise, I'm now returning 37 to the gallon and the car is a distinct improvement over my Vauxhall Zafira, which was a good car too. Build quality appears good, reliability has been excellent too.
Having owned "Timmy" for a year now I must say the whole family is mightly impressed with our Touran. We bought the 1.9 Tdi S model after reading about it in What Car?.
I was very pleased with the deal we received from our local dealer and in fact the deal won Deal of the Month in WhatCar? in May. We have since covered nearly 24,000 miles in the car with only a few hiccups. The first occured when the tailgate refused to shut - fixed within a day, and the second was a tyre fault due to an incorrect balance in the front wheels again fixed quickly. Due to the second fault we did not pay for the first service at 19,200 miles - result.
The car itself has been a revelation. Its engine and six-speed box are perfectly matched and we have never felt the need for more power even while towing a box trailer. The amount of stuff my wife can cram into the car has to be seen to be believed and the Tourans versatility has played a big part in this.
My kids - 15 and 13 - love the rear leg room - much better than our last Golf - and the fact they can have a row of seats each with its own cupholders and powerpoint. The fact that the car has a five-star safety rating, should have strong residuals, and we have a good local VW dealer are also big plus points.
Well done Volkswagen.
The VW Touran is a brilliant car for a family of five who need to carry an occasional extra couple of passengers or carry an amazing amount of luggage. My wife and three children are delighted with the car. The interior is typically VW understated elegance yet the high ceilings and large glass area create a roomy ambience.
The seats are very comfortable over a long distance journey: far better than our previous Ford Galaxy Ghia.
It is a real driver's car: mid-range acceleration on the A-roads or motorway is fantastic. The electronically controlled steering works superbly well and the ESP program is brilliant, cutting in just when things become slippy but not halting progress. Body roll is well controlled and overall this feels a far, far safer car than the Galaxy.
I have bi-Xenon headlights which are brilliant and well worth the extra. The sat-nav is also great: how many other cars provide a special driver display as well as a large colour map? I have only changed two tyres (at 15,000 miles) and am very pleased with the Dunlop SP-01A, which were specifically developed by Dunlop for the Touran. My car is on the VW variable service interval and is due for its first service at 18,000 miles tomorrow.
My only disappointment is that motoring journalists repeatedly criticise the car's bland appearance. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For me, the VW appearance says solid, no-nonsense German build quality and I think it looks quite handsome!
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