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Volkswagen Touran (2003–2010)

Last updated 7 March 2017

Solid, small 7-seater with a comfortable ride. 2.0 TDI model is greatly improved by DSG autobox and gets 3 stars.
The two rear seats are really for children only. Front three-quarter blindspots. DMF problems on diesels.
Updated 7 August 2017

Haynes manual for VW Touran models with 1.6 litre (1,598cc), 1.9 litre (1,896cc) & 2.0 litre (1,968cc) turbo-diesel engines. Offers practical step-by-step instructions and clear photos and provides...

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I didn't notice the problem until my second drive. The first had been in daytime through a town, involving parking in a car park and about 35 miles of motorway. But it wasn't until the dark, wet night trip through the suburbs to a supermarket I became aware of the blind spots. The A pillars in front of you are so thick they create a triangular blind spot big enough to hide an approaching bus, never mind a cyclist or a pedestrian. Sure they've put little quarterlight windows in them, but from the driver's seat you can't see through the one to your right so it might as well not be there.

Okay, those A pillars are part of the price of that excellent five star NCAP crash safety rating. And you can probably collide with a moose without getting decapitated. But they're not so brilliant if they cause a crash in the first place.

VW Touran 2003 Road Test

VW Touran DSG 2004 Road Test

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