Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Volkswagen Touran MPV running costs

Going by its list price alone, the Touran is more expensive to buy than a Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer and is priced roughly in line with the Ford S-Max.

However, don’t let that sway you, because the Touran is available with some huge discounts and, more importantly, its finance deals are keen enough that monthly costs are very competitive. Low insurance costs and relatively good resale values promise to go a long way towards making up for that.

All the engines provide decent economy – even the petrols. The 1.6-litre diesel with a manual gearbox averaged an impressive 50.9mpg in our real-world True MPG tests.

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Volkswagen Touran MPV equipment

Entry-level S trim is the one to avoid, it’s very basic and doesn’t even have alloy wheels. SE is much better equipped. It has automatic lights and wipers, a multi-function steering wheel, 16in alloy wheels, all-round electric windows and adaptive cruise control. There are also a number of very reasonably priced options.

Go for SE Family and you'll get a panoramic sunroof, blinds on the rear windows, remotely activated rear-door child locks and a voice amplification function for the driver – it uses the microphone system in the front to project the driver’s voice through the rear speakers, so the driver doesn’t have to shout to be heard by people in the back. It’s a good trim level if you want lots of kit but we think the cheaper SE will suffice for most.

SEL is even more lavishly equipped and comes with chrome exterior highlights and bigger alloys. It's your cheapest option if you want the 2.0-litre diesel engine or the 1.5 petrol, but is still a little pricey for us. R-line is even less recommendable; you pay a lot of money over the SEL for mainly sportier looks.

Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran MPV reliability

Volkswagen has an average reputation when it comes to reliability and came 17th out of 31 brands in our most recent reliability survey, albeit ahead of both Citroen and Ford.

Volkswagen provides a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty which can be extended to four or five years. A fixed-price service plan is also available and a year's UK and European roadside assistance is standard.

Volkswagen Touran MPV safety and security

Euro NCAP awarded the Touran its maximum five-star safety rating; a close look at its individual category scores show that it even bettered the Ford S-Max. It gets seven standard airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, while you can add rear side airbags for a reasonable price.

If you specify entry-level S trim, it's also a no-brainer to add the adaptive cruise control and emergency city braking, which as well as keeping you at set distance from the car in front when cruise control is activated, it will also automatically brake if it senses an imminent collision at low speeds. This system comes as standard on every other trim level.

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.

Lane assist and blindspot monitoring are optional on all trims, apart from entry-level S, and it's also only that entry trim that misses out on a standard alarm.

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Verdict

The VW Touran is roomy, practical, extremely well built and good to drive. It's a bit more expensive than the Citroen C4 Grand Spacetourer, but worth the extra – especially when you factor in the huge discounts that are available (visit our deals section for more on that). The 1.6 diesel and 1.5 petrol are the engines to go for and we recommend SE or SE Family trim to keep the price down.

  • Superb space and practicality
  • Great PCP finance deals and big discounts
  • Great to drive by MPV standards
  • There are more efficient rivals
  • Sat-nav is expensive on lower trims
  • Ford Galaxy has more third row space
Trims
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SE
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SE Family
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S
This entry-level trim is best avoided, as it’s very basic. It gets steel wheels, a mult...View trim
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SEL
SEL is even more lavishly equipped than SE Family and comes with chrome exterior highli...View trim
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R Line
The most expensive and least recommendable trim; you pay a lot of money over the SEL fo...View trim
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