Volkswagen Touran Review 2022

Volkswagen Touran 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
Insurance Groups are between 10–19
On average it achieves 80% 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.

Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's Volkswagen Touran review

Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Touran

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Average performance

80%

Real MPG

30–63 mpg

MPGs submitted

82

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Can you recommend a mid size MPV?
"We are grandparents to two-year-old twins and now looking for a seven-seater. Ideally reasonably stylish, comfortable and well equipped. It must be automatic and, above all, reliable. Performance is not important but economy is, and we'd prefer petrol. Not a brand snob! Our budget is around £12,000. "
We'd recommend a Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. It's a comfortable and spacious MPV that represents excellent value for money on the used market – your budget will get you a 2017 model with the 1.4-litre petrol engine. A Volkswagen Touran would be a good alternative but petrols are rare and the DSG gearbox isn't without its faults.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a car with three full sized rear seats?
"Can you recommend a car with three full sized rear seats to accommodate three, tall teenagers? My present car, a 17 plate Volvo V90, has a very high transmission tunnel which makes it particularly uncomfortable for the unfortunate one who has to sit in the middle. As well as fairly frequent journeys of 130 miles to visit relatives, we usually cover several thousand miles on an annual, Continental holiday. My maximum budget is £25,000. "
The Volkswagen Touran has three full sized seats in its middle row and they all have plenty of elbow, hip and foot room for three passengers sitting abreast. The Touran is very well designed so, although it's a seven seater, the third row of seats fold away neatly into the boot floor, so you'll never know they're there. The big rear doors give plenty of access and the cabin is also packed full of storage spaces for smaller items. All models come with good infotainment and the VW is available with a decent choice of petrol and diesel engines. SE Family models are priced at more than £30,000 new, but you'll pick up a car that's a year or two old on budget. This trim level comes with useful kit like a panoramic glass roof, front and rear parking sensors and built-in sat-nav. Here's our review of the car: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/touran-2015/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Can you recommend an estate car that can fit three child seats?
"We currently have a Skoda Octavia Combi but looking for something more useful for a growing family into many outdoor sports that need boot space and roof carrying. (i.e. not an SUV as they just don't have useful luggage space) Are there any large estate cars that you can fit 3 child seats across the back? Or am I headed towards an MPV?"
No estates that I can think of. The Volkswagen Touran is probably your best bet. It is very practical with seats that are easy to fold away and an interior that's packed full of handy features like picnic tables, cup holders and smaller storage spaces. It's middle row of seats is made up of three individual chairs that each have Isofix points and have enough room to make fitting a baby seat relatively easy, although it is worth checking your seats fit. Have a read of our review: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/touran-2015/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Can you recommend a non-diesel seven-seater?
"I'm after a seven-seater - with only one of the rear rows of seats in use - which also provides good boot space. I have a budget of £16k and would prefer not to have a diesel. What would you recommend?"
We'd recommend a BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. It's a very desirable and versatile people carrier available with a 1.5-litre petrol engine (badged the 218i). Also consider a Volkswagen Touran with the 1.4 TSI petrol engine.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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