The new Volkswagen Touran MPV can now be ordered and it’s possible to specify a 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine.
Such a small petrol engine in a medium-sized people carrier sounds like complete madness but Volkswagen obviously thinks it will work. The 1,197cc turbocharged unit develops 105 PS and 129 lbs ft of torque while returning 44.1 mpg on the combined cycle and emitting 149 g/km of CO2.
The engine also comes in BlueMotion Technology form, complete with Stop/Start and battery regeneration, when it’s capable of returning 47.9 mpg while emitting an estimated 139 g/km of CO2.
However the lowest emissions come in the form of the 105 PS, 1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology model, which emits just 121 g/km CO2, equivalent to 61.4 mpg.
A further petrol and three other diesel engines will be available, ranging in power from 90 to 170 PS. Three trim levels – S, SE and Sport – will be available with BlueMotion Technology variants being offered with each.
The new Touran also has updated styling both inside and out. It can carry seven adults with the third row of seats folding flat into the floor; a five-seat option is also available.
It comes with air conditioning, alloy wheels, roof rails, a CD stereo system, ABS, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) and six airbags.
There is the option of the second generation Park Assist. The new system requires less space to perform parallel parking manoeuvres, and allows the Touran to be parked in spaces at 90 degrees to the kerb.
With a starting price of £17,585, first deliveries are set to take place on 22 September.