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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.
  • 1.9 TDI 105 S 7st 5dr

    Keith Livingstone , Fermanagh . Date: 28/02/2005
    • 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

    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.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 7st 5dr

    Philip Barclay , Cheshire . Date: 28/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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!

  • 1.9 TDI 105 S 7st 5dr

    Mark Pearce , Wiltshire . Date: 12/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having driven this car for the past three weeks, I can safely say that it is comfortable, practical and reasonably styled. The engine power is reasonable and produces good low-down torque combined with excellent fuel economy for a vehicle of this size.

    My only concern is the build quality, as some of the internal plastics are of poor quality and two switches have already broken. The external finishes and mechanicals are proving to be to the usual high VW standard.

    My overall impression of this practical, modern, cheap to run vehicle is good.

  • 1.9 TDI 105 S 7st 5dr

    David Antell Date: 03/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My partner and I hired a Touran 1.9 TDi S 7 seater for a weeks holiday last year and covered about 1000 miles.

    There is an excellent range of seat and steering wheel adjustment and I would rate the driving position as near perfect. The controls and dash layout are neat tidy and functional with clear instrumentation. The forward view without the wipers being visible is uncluttered and the ''A' pillars they are not the problem that some reports I had read suggested. The 1.9 TDi is reasonably quiet and has good torque. We averaged 51mpg, which was excellent. The handling was a real revelation, very accurate nicely weighted steering, a comfortable ride, powerful and progressive brakes, in fact it had us fighting over who was going to drive.

    The versatility of the seating arrangements is staggering. There are plenty of storage compartments and cup holders that all feel pretty sturdy. A lot of attention to detail has been made as evidenced by the little rubber pads that prevent rattles and squeaks between various components in the cabin.

    At the end of the week we both felt that it was the most versatile vehicle we had ever used and looked forward each time to getting into the driver's seat. Since then I have sold my trusty Audi A3 T Sport and bought a Touran 2.0 TDI Sport 7 seater which is even better than the 1.9.

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