I invested in the DSG version of this car in March 08. This was after my friend owned one for some three years and all of my family liked it. To date my friend has had no problems with it. Apart from the like I went for this car because of the automatic option with diesel, good finish and a decent boot space. I tested out a Honda FRV diesel and found it not so well finished on the inside, the drawer under the front middle seat was flimsy and once came out, had difficulty getting it back in, the metal bars with their welding behind triangular windows at the front were not concealed and the rear seats apart from the middle were simply mounted on metal pipes. Also the groove for the sliding middle seats was quite noticeable on the floor. Apart from the finishing, the boot space was quite limited with 6 seats up and had less space than my outgoing Honda Accord hatch back. For these reasons I went for a touran and so far no problems. Gives over 600 miles on the motorway on a full tank which I feel is very reasonable. The stereo is not so good though. Hope it proves to be as mechanically sound as my Honda Accord which it replaced. Will review at 18 months.
My 3rd service which includes a change of timing belt cost me a staggering 946.93 pounds , mileage at 54,000 miles
Further more to inspect only the clutch and flywheel , I was quoted an only inspection charge for 446 pounds . at 54,000 miles [ not even warranty mileage yet ] the touran have worn a clutch , a flywheel , a wheel bearing , and two absover mounts . So here is the cost of ownership of VW Touran .
A very functional car for a compact MPV. Very slow but at 90bhp what else can you expect. Stacks of internal storage spaces but with 7 seats in use, forget about any boot space - you'll need a roof-box if you've got more than 2 kids and going on holiday. Overall comfort is fine with a reliable engine. Main gripe is the excessive wind noise. Overall I'd say good value for money and ideal for for school runs and daily shopping.
The car has been a joy. I have had the car since February 2008 (a 57 reg, company car) and have had no problems, and the fuel economy is excellent, which is a boon with diesel at 130p a litre. I have no hesitation in recommending it, as the seats are comfortable, the ride is excellent and there are plenty of cubbyholes to store things. I particularly like the chilled glove compartment which is really handy.
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