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Volkswagen Touran review: Family favourite

By Roger St Pierre with Hazel Kempster

Published 26/10/2016

Volkswagen Touran
Volkswagen Touran

Now looking far less like a converted van and more akin to an estate car raised on stilts, Volkswagen’s roomy and eminently practical Touran mid-sized MPV has evolved into quite a handsome creature.

It’a a little more expensive than most of the competition but there are benefits, like class-leading space, a raft of engine choices and some attractive finance deals.

Designed with families in mind, the Touran can comfortably accommodate up to seven, thanks to a brace of occasional seats that pop up from the floor of the generously sized luggage area.

Space is the name of the game here and, despite a footprint no bigger than that of a mid-size family saloon, there’s plenty of room to stretch out and the high roofline ensures generous forward vision.

The high-quality luxury orientated interior is a winner, both in style and execution.

The Touran has come a long way since the launch of its first generation, back in 2003, and its 2011 upgrade.

The latest BlueMotion technology on parade in our third generation’s test car’s engine bay is worth having. It helps achieve 49.6-65.7-mpg fuel economy figures.

Pliant ride and confidence inspiring handling are commendable, with little body-roll and a forgiving nature even when pressing on hard in adverse driving conditions.

Entry level now offers a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol lump. Then there’s a 1.4-litre four-cylinder diesel, a 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel and, at the top of the range, there’s a 2.0-litre, also a four-cylinder diesel.

S and SE trim level versions are available with dial-in variable drive modes to cope with a wide range of road conditions.

The Touran’s interior is ergonomically spot-on with all the dials, switches and buttons in just the right places.

Standard spec on all Tourans is a neat user-friendly 6.5-inch colour touch-screen as well as a digital radio, Buetooth connectivity and audio streaming.

As befits a seriously efficient people-carrier, the Touran has oodles of stowage space, with cup and bottle holders, a flip-top shallow tray on top of the dash, a large glovebox and various highly useful cubbyholes dotted around the cabin, including a couple set into the roof and a convenient net pocket, set in the passenger footwell, a useful feature which is ideal for maps and other documents.

Wide opening doors plus generous head, leg, elbow and shoulder room all add to the convenience that truly makes the Touran fully fit for purpose.

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