Overall I'm happy with the car.
One significant problem with the cabin is the driver's and front passenger's side window. When it is raining, if I have the window open just a small amount (about 1cm) at slow speeds water can pour in off of the roof into the car - splashing on to the inner door arm.
This is extremely frustrating and an annoying fault.
Having owned three Fiat Multiplas before, the VW Touran was something of a new departure for us as a family.
I immediately liked the absence of a small child between myself and the nearside front passenger so relaxing, no poking Dad or dribbling down my left arm when they fall asleep!
Being nowhere near small in stature and 6' 3" in height I was amazed at just how comfortable I could make myself in the driving seat.
The family though miss the Multipla, it was ugly but in a beautiful sort of way and my wife is none to keen on the gymnastics required to get the Touran's primitive seat mechanism to let child four into the back seat.
Another gripe is that whilst the seats fold flat into the floor, unlike a Zafira you have to remove the head rests, time to think again on that one VW. The seats also catch on the middle row when you try and pull them back into place, our VW dealer calls this a design feature!
The ride comfort is excellent, engine quiet, materials sound and the drive feels solid. An annoying rattle in the dash caused by the failure of a split pin resulted in the complete replacement of the entire dashboard, which takes three days. We have resorted to the permanent addition of a top box to carry all our bits as the boot space with seven up is useless.
For a base vehicle the S model has more than enough safety kit with ABS, ESP and loads of airbags.
Would I buy another? On balance yes because whilst the Multipla was good Granny always got left a
I bought my Touran new in Nov 03 to replace a faultless TDi Bora. Now having covered 15,000 miles it's starting to develop a few minor rattles inside, but I'm more concerned about it's reliability.
It has had a new clutch fitted in December and on a trip to Cornwall to visit friends over the Christmas break the driver's side windscreen wiper failed resulting in the remaining 130 miles of the journey in torrential rain with me almost sat in the passenger seat steering the car.
I'm staring to lose faith in VW. Having owned four of them, this has proved to be the most unreliable one so far. On the plus side, both repairs were dealt with swiftly and efficiently by two separate dealers and for a vehicle of its size it returns 50mpg+ and is roomy and practical.
Prior to owning a Touran I owned a Zafira for 3 years. The whole family loved the Zafira and I very nearly bought another one, but then I drove a Touran.
It seemed it could do everything the Zafira can do and more. It is a step up in quality all round. I would wholeheartedly recommend a Touran to anyone. There's been only one very minor problem so far and the economy on the 1.6 FSI petrol is little disappointing at the moment but I'm hoping it'll improve. SE equipment is good value.
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