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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  • 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.

  • 1.9 TDI 105 SE 7st 5dr

    Sean O'Hara Date: 23/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 1.9 TDI 105 S 7st 5dr

    Daniel Scullion , Kent . Date: 05/01/2005
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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

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