Going by its list price alone, the VW Touran looks expensive alongside its rivals. A Citroën Grand C4 Picasso is thousands of pounds cheaper, and you can get a more powerful Ford S-Max for the price of the equivalent Touran. However, don’t let that sway you as the Touran is available with large discounts and, more importantly, its finance deals are keen enough that its monthly costs are on a par with those rivals. Still, it will be more expensive for private buyers planning to buy outright, but low insurance costs and good resale values promise to go a long way towards making up for that.
All the engines provide decent economy, even the petrols. That said, the 1.2-litre petrol’s real-world economy will potentially take a tumble on faster roads or when loaded up. That’s down to a lack of power that means it needs plenty of revving.
Entry-level S trim is one to avoid as it’s very basic, and doesn’t even have alloy wheels. SE is our favourite trim, and is much better equipped. It has front and rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, a multi-function steering wheel, 16in alloy wheels and all-round electric windows. There are also a number of very reasonably priced options, including a reversing camera and a pack that includes cruise control and city emergency braking.
SE Family is well equipped. It has sat-nav, a panoramic sunroof, blinds on the rear windows, and remotely activated rear door child locks. It’s a good trim level if you want lots of kit, although we’d say adding navigation to SE and living without the glass roof makes for a better-value car.
SEL is even more lavishly equipped and comes with chrome exterior highlights and bigger alloys. However, it’s too expensive to be genuinely recommendable. It’s a similar story with R-Line; you pay a lot of money over the SEL for sportier looks alone.
Volkswagen Touran reliability
This generation of Touran is too new to have generated any solid reliability data, but it’s based on the same mechanicals as the VW Golf, which has proved to have a better than average reliability rate in recent JD Power surveys. The previous generation of Touran was also ranked as the best in its class by JD Power.
A three-year, 60,000-mile warranty is standard, and can be extended to four or five years, albeit at a fairly high price. A fixed-price service plan is also available for two or three years, and can be paid monthly, while one year’s UK and European roadside assistance is provided as standard.
Volkswagen Touran safety & security
Euro NCAP gave the Touran its maximum five-star rating in crash tests, bettering even the excellent Ford S-Max. It gets seven standard airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, and you can add rear side airbags at a reasonable cost. It’s also a no-brainer to add the adaptive cruise control and emergency city braking, which will keep a specified distance from the car in front when on cruise, and will automatically brake if it senses an imminent collision at low speeds.
Child locks are standard across the range, but remotely controlled window and door locks for the rear doors are standard on SE Family and up, and a reasonably priced option on SE.
Hill hold assist is standard, as is a tyre pressure loss indicator. Lane assist is also an option on all models, apart from S trim.
An immobiliser is standard on all models, and an alarm is standard on all but S trim, on which it costs extra.
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This entry-level trim is best avoided, as it’s very basic. It gets steel wheels, a multi-function steering wheel, a colour touchscreen, and a DAB radio, CD and Bluetooth as standard, but SE is a better bet.
Our pick SE
This adds steel wheels, an alarm, a USB input, auto lights and wipers, and front and rear parking sensors, and offers many more options than are available on S trim. It’s the best value, and only needs a few options added.
This adds a panoramic glass roof, a sat-nav, electrically controlled rear child locks, roller blinds on the rear windows, and a few styling upgrades. It’s worth going for if you’re set on having a really high-end feeling car.
This gets navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink as standard, but otherwise it’s mostly style upgrades. SE Family is much better value given that it’s slightly less expensive than SEL but gets the panoramic roof that SEL doesn’t.
This is the top of the Touran tree and is effectively SEL trim with a sporting edge. You get 18in alloy wheels, twin exhaust pipes, a body kit plus some R-Line badging. Inside there’s a flat-bottomed steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and sporty looking part Alcantara seats with R-Line embossing. It’s expensive and not available with the lower powered engines, though.