Review: Volkswagen Touran (2015)
Hugely practical with large boot. Seven-seater versions are well-suited for family life. Flexible seating system is easy to use. Five star Euro NCAP rating.
Expensive. Bland exterior styling.
Volkswagen Touran (2015): At A Glance
- New prices start from £27,810, brokers can source from £21,344
- Contract hire deals from £252.52 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 10–19
- On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure
The family car market has changed a lot since the first Touran rolled off the production line in 2003, but Volkswagen’s boxy MPV has remained a popular choice with those wanting practical and versatile family transport.
The Touran majors on space and usability and buyers get the choice of five or seven-seats, with the latter being the most versatile. The third-generation Touran is built around the Volkswagen Golf platform, which means it is bigger and more spacious inside. Standard equipment and safety equipment have been bolstered with improved infotainment and a new post-collision braking system.
Inside, the Touran gets a flexible system that lets you slide forward and fold each seat individually. This means the storage can be tailored to fit around your passengers. All of the seats fold into the floor to offer a flat 1857-litre load space, which means the Touran is bigger overall than both the Ford C-MAX and the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer.
Under the bonnet the Touran is offered with four engines – two petrols and two diesels – with outputs varying from 110PS to 190PS. As you might expect, the diesels offers the best economy, with the standout model being the 1.6 TDI that will return up to 67.3mpg with 111g/km of CO2.
When it comes to driving, the Touran is more functional than fun, with uninspiring handling. That said, the boxy Volkswagen is by no means a bad car to drive as it rides softly and corners with minimal fuss; however the interior also struggles to match the refinement of a C-MAX or 2 Series Gran Tourer, with both feeling more enjoyable to drive and ride in.
Yet, when it comes to ferrying the family around in a sensible and practical manner, the Touran is hard to fault. It has acres of space, a versatile seating system and the range of economical engines means it's cheap to run.
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Volkswagen Touran (2015): What's It Like Inside?
The Touran is an MPV that majors on practicality. As a result it is large, durable and simple to use. The Touran is available as a five or seven-seater, with the latter being perfect for families who need a spacious car that will convert in to a minibus for the school run.
The interior is solid, with a no-nonsense feel and plenty of hardwearing plastics, durable fabrics and accessories. Admittedly, the rear tray tables, which are built into the back of the front seats, feel a little flimsy, but we'd wager that the Touran would stand-up well to boisterous children and heavy handed adults.
As a five-seater, the Touran is extremely comfortable and there's no shortage of head and leg room. Seven-seat models add more flexibility, but the third row of seats is not designed for adults as head and knee space is limited. Children under 12 years of age on the other hand will find them to be a perfect fit.
Unlike its predecessor, with its uneven floor and fiddly seating system, the latest Touran has been given a complete overhaul. The old fold, tilt and remove seating system has been replaced with a fold down mechanism that gives you a flat floor with the minimum of fuss. Simply tug the cloth handle, push the seat and it will compress into the floor to provide a van rivalling 1857 litres of storage.
Even with the middle row raised, the Touran offers a useful 917 litres of bootspace, which means it will have little trouble carrying large bulky items. However, as a seven-seater, storage is somewhat limited, with just 137 litres.
All of the middle seats have Isofix points and can slide forwards and backwards. They can also be folded individually, which means you're abke customise the seating to fit around the items you're carrying. The third row are also easily folds away into the boot floor and includes two more anchorage points for Isofix childseats.
Up front the driver gets a clear view of the road, with the large windscreen and side windows providing plenty of all-round visibility. The soft-touch dashboard has plenty of storage with two cup holders, a closable compartment on the top of the dash and a large cubby box in the centre stack.
The interior lacks the classy ingenuity of the iDrive system, found in the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. It is also no match for the workmanlike simplicity of the Ford C-MAX, but the Volkswagen is easy enough to master and boasts some useful features, with a five-inch monochrome touchscreen, DAB radio and Bluetooth all fitted as standard.
Colour touchscreen, iPod connectivity and three-zone climate control are standard on higher trim models and the options list has some interesting features, with the most notable being the voice amplification system, which lets the driver to speak to those in the back without raising their voice.
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What's the Volkswagen Touran (2015) like to drive?
The engine range starts with the 110PS 1.2 TSI, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, offering 175Nm of torque and up to 52.3mpg and 126g/km of CO2.
A larger 150PS 1.4 TSI is also available, with the choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG , but this represents the least efficient engine in the range, with the manual version returning 50.4mpg. Emissions are higher too, 132g/km of CO2, although the DSG option improves things slightly, with 52.2mpg and 126g/km.
Those covering lots of miles on a daily basis will be better suited with one of the diesels, with the entry-level 110PS 1.6 TDI returning up to 67.3mpg and 111g/km of CO2. The 2.0 TDI is available in two outputs – 150PS and 190PS – and will return up to 64.2mpg and 116g/km. However, the DSG choice is restricted to six-speed - mandatory for the 190PS - although a six-speed manual is available for those choosing 150Ps.
Both the 1.2 TSI and and 1.6 TDI work well with the Touran's considerable dimensions, but need to be worked hard to gain momentum when joining a motorway or pulling away from a quickly from a junction. As a result they can be quite vocal as you work through the gears. The 2.0 TDIs are much more refined and the 150PS option provides a good balance between performance and economy.
For the most part, the Touran is quiet and comfortable, but somewhat pedestrian and dull when compared to the fun Ford C-MAX and refined BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. There's nothing particularly wrong with the way the Touran drives, but it doesn't corner with the same vigour as the Ford or dampen road and wind noise in the same manner as the BMW.
In its favour, the Touran is a extremely comfortable and both the manual and automatic transmissions are slick. The soft and compliant ride is also bolstered by nicely weighted steering, which means you can waft around corners with minimal of fuss or bodyroll.
Safety kit is well catered for, automatic post-collision braking and seven airbags are fitted as standard, while SE models add automatic front assist, which warns the driver if they're travelling too close to the car in front. The system will also apply the brakes at lower speeds to prevent a collision.
|1.0 TSI 115||-||-||128 g/km|
|1.2 TSI||51 mpg||11.3 s||126 g/km|
|1.4 TSI||50–51 mpg||8.9 s||127–133 g/km|
|1.5 TSI 150||47 mpg||9.3 s||132 g/km|
|1.5 TSI 150 DSG||51 mpg||8.9 s||130 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 110||61 mpg||11.9 s||116 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 110 DSG||66 mpg||-||111 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 115||61 mpg||11.9 s||116 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 115 DSG||66 mpg||11.9 s||111 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150||61 mpg||9.3 s||116–117 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 DSG||60–63 mpg||9.3 s||125–130 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 DSG||59 mpg||-||123 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Touran (2015)
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