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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.
  • 1.6 FSi S 5st 5dr

    Mark Whitelegg , Warwickshire . Date: 02/12/2004
    • 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

    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.

  • 1.9 TDI 105 S 7st 5dr

    David McDonald Date: 28/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    Bought Touran in March 2004 and this was my first VW. Two minor problems efficiently sorted by very efficient dealership. I considered a number of MPV's before opting for the VW.

    The Ford C-Max lacked quality and only seats 5; New Scenic - I would never buy Renault again after nightmare experience with previous Scenic; Toyota Corolla Verso - bland and nothing special; Mazda Premacy - OK but dated. I did not think I could afford the VW but got a superb deal on trade in and discount on Touran.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 7st 5dr

    G Thomas Date: 08/11/2004
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Things the reviewers missed:

    1) When reaching down to change gears, my left hand tends to knock the right-hand stereo button, conveniently adding a random CD skip / radio station re-tune feature I didn't know I had! (The stereo is really ugly too.)

    2) The 2.0 TDI handles completely differently to the 1.6. Don't be put off by test driving the cheap model. The 2.0 TDI handles like a firm car, the 1.6 like a boat.

    3) Reviewers don't mention the rear (second row) seat recline, which is great for older children on a long trip - a really excellent feature. We have realised that the front seats' middle arm rest, which is too low for normal humans, actually makes for a foot rest for our oldest child - excellent feature.

    4) The family pushchair has to be lifted up and rested between the third row of seats' arm rests - everywhere else is too narrow. Don't these car manufacturers know the dimensions of the standard prams in their target countries? Some kind of ceiling pushchair hook in the back would be the ideal solution to reasonably narrow car and pushchair storage.

    5) The best design marketing feature developed in the last 10 years by any car manufacturer by far is the blue lighting in the dash of current VWs, so why do they spoil the zen theme with the central computer display in red/orange?

    6) Two-zone climatic air-con: thank you VW for ending the great male-female car temperature debate!

  • 2.0 TDI 140 SE 7st 5dr

    Phil Wilkinson Date: 20/10/2004
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I was looking for a replacement for our current Citroen Picasso and, with its many current acolades, I chose to test drive the Touran.

    Although my chosen Sport derivative was not available, I tested the SE. The car was good to drive.

    The looks are good too and they were the main reason for considering it - I think it is the lure of the VW badge.

    However, on practicality it was a non starter. We wanted a seven seater to be able to accomodate the three kids and luggage, with the option of occassionally carrying extra passengers. With the rear seats in place, our pushchair won't fit in.

    In the Touran's case, this downside is ignored or understated in the reviews I have read on the car, especially as it wins its class awards.

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