We like the Volkswagen Touran here at What Car?. In fact, we’d argue that the feeling is considerably stronger than that, seeing as it’s been our MPV of the Year for two years on the trot. Are we ready to admit that we love it? I think we might be.
Where the Touran really steals our hearts is the way in which it doesn’t feel that different to the Golf on which it’s based. So don’t think of this as some sort of van with windows; it’s more like a spacious hatchback, with handy sixth and seventh seats that pop out of the boot floor and a penthouse view.
Handily, it’s quite a bit smaller than full-size MPVs such as the Ford Galaxy and Seat Alhambra, which makes it perfect for squeezing into the tightest of spaces on the school run. Like other VWs, it feels exceedingly classy inside – something you’ll appreciate when you’re waiting to pick up your kids. Again.
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.