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Volkswagen Touran review

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Volkswagen Touran
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23 Feb 2016 14:25 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:41

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Volkswagen Touran MPV front space

The Touran can easily swallow the paraphernalia that accumulates in family cars. The door pockets will each hold a 1.5-litre bottle, while there’s a cubby recessed into the base of the dash that is ideal for stowing a phone or wallet. There are two fixed cupholders behind the gearstick, a shallow storage area on top of the dash under a flip-up lid and a sizeable glovebox.

There’s even a net pocket in the passenger side footwell that’s handy for documents and there are some small storage areas in the roof.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of head room and about the best leg room in the class. A Ford S-Max is noticeably wider, but you still don’t feel short of elbow room in the front of the Touran. Access is very good, thanks to doors that open wide to create broad apertures and a high-set seat that’ll suit anybody with restricted movement.

Volkswagen Touran MPV rear space

The Touran has three identically sized middle-row seats. Each one slides and folds independently, while access is very good past the wide-opening door, so you won’t need to bend down far to access child seats.

Unusually, the Touran has Isofix fittings on all of its rear seats, including those in the third row – meaning that, technically, it can take five child or booster seats, or six including the front passenger seat.

There’s more space in the middle and third row of the Touran than in most rivals. Two tall adults will be comfortable in the middle row and the flat floor means three children will be pretty happy, too. The door pockets are big enough to take a 1.0-litre bottle and all models but entry-level S trim get pockets and folding picnic tables on the backs of the front seats.

Two average-sized adults will even be comfortable in the third row, where there’s plenty of head room, even with the panoramic glass roof fitted. Access is the best in its class, with a middle-row seat that tilts up and forward easily to leave a flat floor and a decent gap to duck through. There is one oddity, though: the cupholders in the rearmost seats are placed on the left side of the car only – this may cause squabbles if you have two children in the back.

Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran MPV seating flexibility

The middle-row seats are easy to slide forward and backwards, and it’s a straightforward job to drop them flat. Sliding the outer seat forward for access to the third row requires only one hand and it returns to its original position afterwards.

The rearmost seats are likely to spend much of their time folded down flat into the boot, but lifting them is done with one hand. Folding them is almost as easy.

The front passenger seat has height adjustment and, on SE trim and upwards, manual lumbar adjustment. Electric adjustment is available on all but entry-level S models, but it’s a pricey option and limits your upholstery choices. SE models and upwards also have a front passenger seatback that can be folded down flat, allowing for full-length loading.

Volkswagen Touran MPV boot space

The Touran’s boot is the best among mid-sized MPVs. It's deep and wide, and has a lower load lip for easier loading of bulky items. The floor is flat and flush with the lip, and if you fold the middle-row seats down, it leaves a completely flat floor with no big gaps for anything to fall down. There’s also an underfloor storage area for the loadbay cover that is a bit awkward to remove or reinstall, but it’s useful to have somewhere to put it.

When fitted over the boot, the loadbay cover also retracts halfway with one touch, leaving decent access to the boot but also meaning that you don’t have to lean in far to pull it back. A second press of the loadbay cover handle makes it retract all the way.

There are four lashing points and a 12V socket in the boot as standard across the range. You can add a net partition and a removable, rechargeable torch as an optional extra. A powered bootlid is an option across the range.

 

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S
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