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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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123 reader reviews for Volkswagen Touran MPV.
  • 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.

  • 1.9 TDI 105 SE 7st 5dr

    Mike Richards , Essex . Date: 24/01/2005
    • 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

    Before the Touran, I had a Golf SE 1.9TDi and loved it - but needed more space for family.

    The Touran drives terrifically well and has a firmer ride than the Golf (Mk4) - it really feels like a car not a van, with excellent steering and road holding. Most of my time is commuting on my own so the drive is important and I have not been disappointed.

    The cabin is indeed very bland but well put together - though trim is disappointing compared to the old Golf. Space and practicality is brilliant - the rear seats are very easy to use and hide - I often have six in the car with lots of luggage (wheelchair and kids buggy).

    The 1.9TDi engine is tremendous even when full up - I regularly get more than 50mpg. My main moan is the huge front pillars, which make it difficult to see going round roundabouts.

    All in all I rate it very highly.

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