Volkswagen Touran (2015) Review

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Volkswagen Touran (2015) At A Glance

4/5

+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.

New prices start from £27,810, brokers can source from £22,317
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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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Touran (2015)

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Average performance

81%

Real MPG

30–63 mpg

MPGs submitted

76

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Is there a midsize SUV with 3 full seats in the back?
"My budget is about £10k. I currently have a 2011 Peugeot 5008 but it's underpowered. I want an SUV with 3 full seats but not a 7-seater. However, they seem seldom to come by. I was looking at a Mitsubishi Outlander as seem quite kitted out. What would you suggest? I do a 25-mile round trip every day and usual weekend travel here and there. I've always gone for diesel as they have better mpg, cheaper to tax and I like the pull, however, I wouldn't discount petrol if it made sense. Please advise, thank you."
You'll struggle to find a decent example of an SUV with three separate rear seats at this price point. We'd recommend sticking with a people carrier. A Volkswagen Touran would be a good choice. It's a very smart and versatile car, with three individual rear seats. Look for one with the 2.0 TDI engine for punchy performance, although (like all modern diesels) it needs regular motorway runs to prevent issues with a blocked diesel particulate filter (DPF).
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We need a family car that'll fit three child seats. What should we look at?
"We need a car to fit three child car seats and a boot to take all the family clobber. We want a petrol and have less than £10,000 to spend."
We'd recommend a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. It's a versatile choice capable of taking three child seats side-by-side in the back. Petrol models are rare but you should find one with the 1.2 Puretech engine within budget. Alternatively, consider a SEAT Alhambra or the slightly smaller Volkswagen Touran.
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Do I need to replace the cam belt in my car?
"I do low annual mileage - about 5000. Volkswagen tells me that I should now spend about £400 on a new cam belt and associated hardware for my Touran. I know that a breaking cam belt wreaks horrible engine damage, but how likely is this in my case?"
Over time, the belt will become worn and stretched. The belt plays a vital part in the operation of the engine, controlling the opening and closing of the engine’s valves by turning the camshaft and crankshaft. If it fails, it'll cause catastrophic damage to the engine. As a general rule, I recommend changing the belt, pulley and water pump every 50,000 - 60,000 miles or five years (whichever comes first). Most complaints we hear occur after this mileage/timeframe.
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Can you suggest a compact, reliable, petrol MPV for a small family?
"I've been a Honda Jazz obsessive for the past 10 years, but now equipped with two little people, a dog and far too much stuff to lug between stays with the in-laws, I'm craving that little bit more space without losing all that I love the Jazz for. I have dreams of the Honda HR-V or CR-V one day, but sadly cannot currently justify the extra size and cost. So I'm left looking for a reliable and economic compact/mid-size MPV. I have up to £12,000 to spend on a used car, with the criteria - automatic, petrol, as much boot as I can get, a relatively high driving position with easy access, reliable and economic when it comes to tax/servicing. Thank you! "
We'd recommend a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. The 1.5-litre petrol engine used in the 218i provides low running costs and punchy performance. Also consider a Volkswagen Golf SV or Touran – the latter's a particularly practical choice, although you might struggle to find a petrol model. Alternatively, a Vauxhall Zafira Tourer could be a good choice. It's quite a big car but offers loads of space for the money and won't cost a fortune to run.
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What does a Volkswagen Touran (2015) cost?

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