Volkswagen Touran (2010 – 2015) Review

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Volkswagen Touran (2010 – 2015) At A Glance


+Sharper styling and revamped interior. Range of frugal engines including turbocharged chain cam 1.2 TSI. Seven seats as standard and a versatile interior.

-Not the smart new model that was expected.

Insurance Groups are between 10–21
On average it achieves 86% of the official MPG figure

The 2010 Volkswagen Touran isn't an all-new model, rather a heavily revamped version of the previous Touran that was launched in 2003. But thanks to a fresh new look, it's different enough to be more than a 'facelift' and draws on the new Volkswagen design seen on the likes of the Volkswagen Polo and the larger Volkswagen Sharan. The changes include redesigned front wings, bonnet and a front bumper which are joined by new wing mirrors, rear lights and a restyled tailgate and bumper.

There are significant changes inside too with fresh climate and stereo functions, a new sporty-looking three-spoke steering wheel and restyled instrument dials too. But one thing remains unchanged and that's the Touran's impressive versatility.

As before, it comes with seven seats as standard (although you can opt for a five-seat option for the same price) and the extra two at the back fold flat into the floor when not in use, leaving you with a generous boot space.

From behind the wheel the Touran is everything you'd expect from a Volkswagen people carrier. It's easy to drive rather than exciting, simple to park thanks to light steering at low speeds and good all round visibility plus it's very comfortable over long distances with a relaxed ride.

For the first time, the Touran is available with the 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine. Despite a modest size, the turbocharged unit develops 105PS while returning a claimed 44.1 mpg on the combined cycle and emitting 149g/km of CO2.

In BlueMotion Technology form, complete with Stop/Start and battery regeneration, the 1.2-litre TSI engine is capable of returning a claimed 47.9mpg while emitting an estimated 139g/km of CO2. Other engines in the line-up include the frugal 1.6 TDI (essentially the replacement for the 1.9 TDI in the old Touran) and the 2.0 TDI with either 140PS or 170PS.

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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Touran (2010 – 2015)


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Average performance


Real MPG

33–63 mpg

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I need a ULEZ-compliant family car. Could you make some suggestions?
"I live just outside London and my car is about to be rendered useless by the ULEZ. I have a Ford S-MAX (diesel 2.0-litre) and although I'm used to the space, I don’t really need a 7-seater. I'm totally lost by the amount of choice out there! I have 3 teenage children (4 of us altogether) and we tend to do one really long summer trip abroad in the car. I love the power of the S-MAX and the boot space but otherwise, I have no idea what kind of car I need. My budget is about £12k-13k. Please help!"
We'd recommend a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer or Volkswagen Touran. They're very versatile five-seat people carriers available with punchy ULEZ-compliant engines. If you'd prefer more space, take a look at the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer.
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I'm planning to buy a Volkswagen Touran that hasn't had the emissions fix - is this a good idea?
"I'm planning to buy a 2012 Volkswagen Touran that hasn't had the emissions fix. Is it okay to buy the vehicle and not get the emissions fix? Will I be able to get on peacefully with it? It's done 52,000 miles so far."
Ill advised. Volkswagen did a tricky thing. To avert various class actions, mid-way through 2017 it issued a statement that it would remain responsible for any problems consequential of the fix for two years from the fix and up to 160,000 miles. That's okay for people who have had the fix. But if a car now goes in for a late fix and something is found to be wrong with it prior to the fix (such as a gummed up EGR) Volkswagen will not necessarily pay for that to be rectified before the emissions fix is carried out.
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The catalytic converter light has come on - is this related to the emissions fix?
"I have a 2011 Volkswagen Touran 2.0 TDI. It had the Volkswagen emissions fix about six months ago and I have not had any noticeable problems with it. There was a period of it keeping the fan running after short drives but this was not common and it has not done it recently. The catalytic converter light has just come on and I wondered if this is related in any way to the recall. The car has done 66,000 miles and I've had it from new. It does mostly short journeys now but has generally been medium to long drives as it used to be my company car. Is the recall the reason or is it just fair wear and tear?"
The fan was coming on due to increased regenerations due to more soot being created by the NOx fix. What may have happened now is that your DPF has started to fill up with ash. 66,000 miles is quite early for this. Normally 80,000 -100,000 miles. If I'm right, the ash can usually be cleaned out chemically by sending the DPF away to Ceramex and the whole job costs £400 - £500. If it needs a new DPF that will be about £1000. We are starting to monitor DPFs filling with ash prematurely after the fix, but it's early days yet.
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Has the emissions fix ruined the DSG in my Volkswagen Touran?
"I took my Volkswagen Touran along for the emissions fix last Tuesday. The very next day, the car lost power at 40mph. The same thing occurred the next day and the next. On Saturday I stopped at a roundabout, when I went to enter the roundabout the car limped and then stopped completely (with a car approaching to my side). I organised to get the car returned to Volkswagen, who have said that it's nothing to do with emissions fix but they need to carry out a check (not necessarily a fix) as the codes they can see are to do with DSG failure for £800 plus VAT. There's apparently nothing recorded at Volkswagen to show that the fault is anyway related to the emissions software update. They ran a health check as part of the service and nothing to do with the gearbox was flagged. I'm sure that it is the update as it was an immediate problem after the fix and the car was working fine before it went in for the fix. It's currently undriveable."
I doubt this. I think the NOx emissions fix has affected the operation of the engine which in turn has affected the DSG. If the engine was running properly there would probably be no problem with the DSG. The NOx fix means that the engine creates more soot and often a work EGR cannot cope with this. I think that's what has happened in your case. Trouble is, a new EGR is about £1000.
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What does a Volkswagen Touran (2010 – 2015) cost?

Buy new from £22,317 (list price from £29,115)