The previous Touran never troubled the pages of this guide, but the latest model achieves excellent fuel economy thanks to the application of BlueMotion Technology. At the same time, VW’s smallest MPV gets the new family look first introduced by the Polo.
The Touran is one of the most compact seven seat MPVs, at just under 4.4 metres in length it’s barely longer than a family hatch and this is a distinct advantage if you spend a lot of time in urban areas. The downside is you only get 121 litres of boot space with all the seats in place.
If the lack of boot space doesn’t put you off, there’s better news for the occupants. The interior is spacious and as is usually the way with VW, everything feels well screwed together. The dashboard is a typically no-nonsense affair which is easy to use but does lack a bit of design flair.
The secret to the excellent fuel economy is a 1.6 litre common rail diesel engine which produces 104 bhp at 4,400 rpm and 185 lb.ft of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and with the support of the full suite of BlueMotion Technology it strikes an excellent balance of performance and economy.
The Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDi Bluemotion tech is a well engineered compact MPV which achieves fuel economy that would have been beyond superminis a few years ago. It is even reasonably priced and looks sharper than the old model. If you want seven seats and you aren’t too worried about a lack of boot space the Touran is a great option.