The VW Touran is a mid-size, seven-seat MPV for families who need the added versatility of what is, in effect, a high-roofed, spacious hatchback, and the occasional use of its additional sixth and seventh seats that fold up out of the boot floor.
It’s quite a bit smaller than full-size MPVs such as the Ford Galaxy and Seat Alhambra, and it competes with rivals such as the Ford S-Max, Citroën Grand C4 Picasso and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. Its unique selling point is its classy-feeling interior, which is also more spacious and practical than most of its rivals’, and which even has five Isofix fittings.
There’s a good range of engines to choose from and equipment is good, provided you avoid entry-level S trim. Our pick of the range is the 1.6 TDI 110 SE model. It’s a happy medium between cost, efficiency and performance. However, like other models in the line-up, it is quite expensive compared with the competition. An equivalent Citroën Grand C4 Picasso is thousands of pounds cheaper, and you’ll get a more powerful Ford S-Max for the same price.
However, PCP finance deals are extremely competitive on the Touran, so if you’re planning on paying monthly you could find that in reality it costs the same as its rivals, despite having a higher brochure price.
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the Touran, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines.