Which used Volkswagen Touran MPV should I buy?
First launched in 2003, the Touran originally had three petrol engines and a pair of diesels to choose from.
At launch, S was the basic trim level and came with electric front windows, twin front, side and curtain airbags, traction control, air-con, remote central locking and a CD player. SE trim added climate control and all-round electric windows, while Sport got alloy wheels and sports suspension.
The flagship Touran was the 170bhp version of the larger diesel and it was available with VW's impressive DSG automatic gearbox on SE and Sport. It's worth trying to find if you can afford it, but our pick of the ealry models is the 1.9-litre turbodiesel, which returns the best fuel economy.
The 2006 facelift introduced a host of detail and trim changes as well as the popular 1.4 TFSI petrol engine, replacing the 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol units. This smooth and refined performer was turbocharged and supercharged, and had plenty of punch and reasonable economy. The diesels were tweaked to make them more efficient at the same time. The 2010 facelift introduced the lively 1.2-litre TFSI petrol engine, with a claimed average economy of 51.4mpg. At the same time the diesels were uprated again, with the 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI now cleaner and producing better economy figures.
However, lurking over all of this is the spectre of the recent VW emissions scandal, and engines affected do feature in the Touran, notably the 1.6 and 2.0 TDI units, so it's worth checking to see if any fixing work has been carried out on the car you're thinking of buying.
By and large Tourans through the generations have stuck to S and SE as the first two trims, with Sport the top-spec in earlier models, and with SE Family, SEL and R-Line now used to identify the upmarket trims. S is a little too spartan for us, but SE, which in the latest versions adds auto lights and wipers and parking sensors, is a sensible option. Moving up a trim level, to SE Family in the latest cars, Sport in the earlier, usually brings with it sat-nav, an option we think worth having.
Our favourite Volkswagen Touran: 1.6 TDI 115 SE