What used Volkswagen Touran MPV will I get for my budget?
Tourans with a high mileage, in excess of 120,000 miles, and Cat D cars, can be had for less than £1000, but we'd advise you to spend a little more if possible. It's better to spend around £2000 as a starting price, and try to secure a car with an average mileage for the year, say 80,000 miles, and a service history to back that up. Between £2500 and £3000 should secure you a 2005/2006 car with an average mileage in good condition, while upping the cash to between £3000 and £5000 should secure a 2008 car, the facelifted model, with around 50,000 to 60,000 miles on the clock, from a trader. By the time you hit the lofty peaks of £10,000 you should net yourself one of the later facelifted 2011 models, with an average mileage and a full history, from an independent dealer, or a 2012/2013 model from a car supermarket. If you have £10,000 to £15,000 burning a hole in your pocket and desire a Touran you should be able to find a 2013 or 2014 car with a below average mileage from a franchised dealer.
How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Touran MPV?
The Touran's resale values are strong partly because of the kudos that the VW badge brings, but mainly because it's a versatile family car which should give many years of active service.
So it might not be as cheap to buy as you'd hope, but once you've bought a Touran it shouldn't cost the earth to run. Insurance ratings range from group 11 to 21 for the later models, and VW's impressive engine technology means fuel economy is good. The diesels are the best - although the early 1.9 actually only returned 47mpg - and, although the 2.0 matches that figure, it's the most expensive to insure. Later post-facelift models included the 1.2-litre petrol, which had a claimed average figure of 51.4mpg, and the popular 1.4-litre TFSI petrol that claimed 49.6mpg. However, it's the later diesels that are the star of the show for economy. The 1.6 TDI engine helped the Touran to a claimed average figure of 61.4mpg, a figure actually matched by later versions of the punchier 2.0 TDI diesel.
Surveys have shown the German firm's dealer network isn't as expensive as others when it comes to servicing, but you can always save money by visiting a specialist. VW parts are plentiful, as they're shared between many other models in the range.