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.
The first Touran appeared in 2003, immediately establishing itself as a family favourite, thanks to its versatile seating, excellent build quality and pleasing on-road behaviour. The second-generation version in 2011 carried on the same theme, subtly refining the experience.
This new car has a good range of engines to choose from and equipment levels are high. However, on paper, the Touran can look quite expensive compared with the competition, but PCP finance deals are extremely competitive, 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 impressive Touran, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines.