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.
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