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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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124 reader reviews for Volkswagen Touran MPV.
  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 7st 5dr

    Gary Green , Wilts . Date: 14/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Of the 13 cars I've owned, this is the first from a German manufacturer, and I have to say I'm mightily impressed.

    The build quality and choice of materials throughout is stunning, even if the overall impression is one of Teutonic efficiency rather than stylish flair. For an MPV, the ride is still involving enough for me to enjoy it, but be comfortable.

    The tinted, large areas of glass give a great sense of space; and coupled with the two-zone climate control (how did my wife and I ever do without it before?) it's simply a very pleasant place to travel in. I think it's no coincidence that this is the first car my youngest daughter has (thus far) failed to be car-sick in.

    Everything functions in that certain way which convinces you it will always be that good. After 5,500 miles, the engine has loosened up to yield over 42mpg from a mixed bag of driving, though it's capable of a lot more under the right conditions.

    Nothing squeaks or rattles and my only gripe would be how swiftly it gets dirty - hardly surprising for a car with aerodynamics something akin to a house-brick. I've only had to top up the gargantuan wash bottle once, mind you.

    I'm a big fan of the folding seats - I desperately didn't want to clutter the garage up any more when I convert the Touran into a load-carrier. Conversely, we've had seven in the car a couple of times, and it's fine, although the rearmost two seats are definitely for kids and the vertically challenged.

  • 1.9 TDI 105 S 7st 5dr

    Robert Goldie , East Dunbartonshire . Date: 27/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We previously owned a Galaxy 2.3 auto and wanted something with the same levels of practicality and space but without the high running costs.

    This car fits that bill superbly. Although smaller than the Galaxy externally, we have found the interior to be almost as roomy and even more flexible due to the fold-flat rearmost seats.

    It is also a much tidier and sporty drive on twisty roads. The quality inside is also good.

    Negatives: The ride can 'crash' now and again. At cruising speeds it is not as hushed as I would like (wind and engine noise) and I am only averaging 37mpg in mixed use.

    Also, subjectively, it does not feel very 'posh' (unlike the Galaxy).

    Overall, it's the best on the market of its type and makes the bigger Sharan redundant. It's spacious and good to drive - pity about the motorway refinement.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 5st 5dr

    caroline Dunkley , west sussex . Date: 23/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 1.6 FSI SE 7st 5dr

    Mark Whitelegg Date: 10/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

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