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 is 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.
VW’s excellent 1.2 litre TSI engine is proving to be extremely versatile appearing in a rapidly expanding number of models. With 104 bhp at 5,000 rpm and 129 lb.ft of torque from 1,550 to 4,100 rpm it offers far more performance than you would expect thanks to turbocharging and direct injection. However if you plan to use the full loading capacity on a regular basis it will be hard pressed to keep up.
The Volkswagen Touran is a well engineered compact MPV which 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.