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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.
  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 7st 5dr

    Stephen Bowyer , Essex . Date: 17/10/2004
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I borrowed a 2.0 TDi DSG Sport whilst my car was in having some work done on it and I have now ordered one I was that impressed.

    Coming from a Golf GTi 1.8 turbo I have to say that the Touran handled and performed better than I expected, it really is a jack of all trades.

    When my daughter was in the car it cruised along pulling in 52mpg, but leave the family at home and it can rush along the back roads with great poise.

    The equipment levels are spot on too. The car that I drove had only two extras which were a six-disc auto changer and reverse parking sensors, these were nice but have not paid the extra for these as the car is already quite expensive.

    Saying that, the quality is usual VW solid as a rock, no squeaks or rattles.

    I am buying my car on the internet and paying £18,199, which is a massive £2786 off the RRP. This is a pre-registered car but I will be the first drive and for that price it is a bargain and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • 1.9 TDI 105 SE 7st 5dr

    Anthony Darroch , Kent . Date: 13/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    The drive quality is what you would expect of a car based on the Golf chassis. The steering is very responsive, and parking much easier than the size of the vehicle would suggest.

    The Touran's versatility is what attracted our family to it. Converting it from a 5-seater to a 7-seater is much easier than using the cantilever-type system of other compact MPVs.

    The downside is that this versatility comes at a price: there is no spare wheel, a fact of which we were not made aware prior to purchasing the car.

    Other problems have included a malfunctioning rear windscreen wiper, which the dealer has fruitlessly repaired twice since we bought the car at the end of July.

    There are also very irritating creaks and rattles coming from rear headrests, the design of which seems to force the neck forward. Generally, the seats are poorly designed, being incongruously narrow for an aspiring MPV, and causing some owners, incuding myself, back pain, despite the much-vaunted lumbar support system.

    Overall, I am unimpressed with the Touran, and disappointed that What Car? didn't highlight issues like the missing spare wheel and what I found to be uncomfortable seating.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 7st 5dr

    Julian Hunt Date: 06/10/2004
    • 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

    Lumbar adjustment seems to be situated about 4” to 6” too low to be effective. It digs into my belt, but does not support the small of my back, leaving me with backache.

    Also, parking with the DSG auto is imprecise as the car will creep then lurch – which could be expensive when close to other cars!

    Parking on a hill accentuates the problem as the car will roll backwards or lurch forwards – you have to use the handbrake to do a hill start, or hybrid left foot on the footbrake, right foot on the accelerator pedal!

    The plastic trim has been falling off the sides of the front passenger seat where the seat tilt mechanism is housed. I am about to take the car to the local dealer for the fourth repair.

    Otherwise fuel consumption very good, and space and design is good .

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Sport 7st 5dr

    JOsef Tautscher Date: 05/10/2004
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The two litre diesel is amazing, especially with the fantastic DSG Gearbox. For such a tall car, it drives better than my Mercedes, I want one and I hope to get one soon. There is so much space for a car that looks so small from the outside. Refinement is excellent and so is the performance. This is a car made by volkswagen.

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