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Last updated: 9th November 2014

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Volkswagen Touran MPV (2010 – ) review

Read the Volkswagen Touran MPV (2010 - ) car review by Auto Trader's motoring experts, covering price, specification, running costs, practicality, safety and how it drives.

Last updated: 9th November 2014
The Auto Trader expert verdict: 3.7 The Touran is a pleasant to drive MPV, which can accommodate seven, but with no room for luggage if all seats are used. Its smaller engines are surprisingly good.

Pros

  • Seven seats
  • Good to drive
  • Excellent engine range

Cons

  • No luggage space if all seats are used
  • Slightly dull interior
  • No sliding rear doors

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Equipment Our rating 4/5

There are three trim levels called S, Sport and SE to suit different customers. Choose S and there’s a trip computer, stop and start technology, 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, four-speaker Radio/CD player, air-con, front and rear electronic windows and a 12v socket in the boot. SE adds auto rain and light sensors, parking sensors, iPod connection and tinted rear windows. Sport adds a 12v socket for the middle row of seats, dual-zone air-con, eight-speaker radio/CD, Highline trip computer, upgraded front seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome roof rails, and tinted rear windows.

Exterior Our rating 3/5

The jury is out on whether this is an all-new Volkswagen Touran – as Volkswagen claims – or an extensive facelift on the existing model. From the outside it is slightly different, thanks to the new family face – made up of horizontal grille bars, a more angular bumper and large lower air intake – but it’s very conventional elsewhere. It’s a more traditional shape than the Ford S-Max and most of the French MPV’s from Citroen and Renault.

Interior Our rating 3/5

The Touran now gets smart black dials with white graphics and red needles, although its stereo is still illuminated blue, which seems inconsistent. Everything is typically Volkswagen, that is to say, high quality and easy to use. More so than some other models, however, the Touran does feel very sensible inside and a little lacking in character.

Performance Our rating 5/5

The Touran we drove was fitted with the 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine, which comprehensively silenced any doubts we had about such a small engine powering a seven-seat MPV. With 105bhp and amazing flexibility it not only pulls the Touran along, but it does so sweetly and without sign of strain. We only once had to change down from sixth gear to fifth on a very steep motorway incline. There’s also a 1.4-litre TSI with 138bhp and a 1.6-litre TDI with 89bhp, or a 2-litre TDI with 138 or 168bhp – the last of which can hit an impressive 132mph. It’s an impressive engine range which has something to suit everyone.

Practicality Our rating 4/5

The Touran has seven-seats as standard, which will be an immediate selling point for some. It’s important to note, however, that using all seven seats reduces the boot space to a measly 121 litres – less than a Toyota AYGO – so if each person has some luggage, a roof box or even a small trailer becomes essential. The rear seats fold flat into boot floor, freeing up an impressive 695-litres of space, while folding down all but the front two seats gives 1,913 litres – enough for moving furniture. Some rivals like the Mazda5 have sliding rear doors, while the Touran’s are conventional. We didn’t find this to be a problem, and the rear doors are very long, giving good access to the rear.

Reliability Our rating 3/5

There have been three minor recalls affecting some build dates of the previous Touran, with one for a potentially faulty fuel pump bolt and another for possible lack of drive in models fitted with Volkswagen’s DSG automatic gearbox. The Touran is a well-built vehicle which should prove reliable.

Ride and handling Our rating 3/5

It might be no sports car, but the Touran does its job just as needed. Bumps are soaked up well, the gear change is quick and precise and corners are taken with minimum fuss, making it ideal for carrying passengers in comfort. The raised driving position gives an excellent view of the road ahead. Adaptive chassis control is available as an option on SE and Sport trim levels, giving the driver the choice between ‘Comfort’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ suspension settings.

Running costs Our rating 5/5

Both the 1.2-litre TSI and 1.6-litre TDI are available with BlueMotion Technology, improving their eco credentials to 47.9 and 61.4 average mpg while emitting 139 and 121g/km of CO2 respectively. They are fitted with stop and start technology, and qualify for low tax bands. Even the highest-emitting 168bhp diesel only chucks out 151g/km of the bad stuff, while averaging 49.6mpg.

Safety Our rating 4/5

The previous Touran achieved the full five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, so we’d expect the same result from the latest model. It features front, side and curtain airbags, Isofix child seat mounting points and three-point seatbelts and head restraints for all seven seats.  Anti-lock braking and electronic stability programme are also standard.

Why buy? Our rating 3/5

The Touran is a practical seven-seater which has real integrity and is available with some of the best engines in its class. Our only complaint is that it’s almost too sensible, and lacks a little character as a result.

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Our recommendations

Best on a budget
Touran 1.2 TSI S
Economical engine is also quiet and smooth
Best seller
Touran 2.0 TDI 140 SE
Excellent economy, crusing ability and lots of tech
Blow the budget
Touran 2.0 TDI 170 Sport DSG
Fast-changing automatic gearbox and tremendous performance