The Volkswagen Touran is one of the leading competitors in the seven-seat compact MPV sector, and it was updated with an all-new model in 2015.
Its high-quality interior and practicality are popular with buyers and it competes with rivals such as the Ford Grand C-Max and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. The ability to seat seven while offering plenty of storage is vitally important in this segment. Bearing that in mind, how does the Touran stack up in terms of size?
From the outside, the Touran is very similar in overall size to the C-Max, measuring a hardly-noticeable 7mm longer. If you leave your car in a low garage, it’s worth noting that the VW is 25mm lower than the Ford – so picking the Touran might just make parking that little bit less tense.
Despite the seating for seven inside, it’s much smaller – and therefore easier to drive – than full-size MPVs and seven-seat SUVs. In fact, the Touran is 35mm shorter than a Golf Estate, so it never feels particularly intimidating from behind the wheel.
|Width (including mirrors)||2,087mm|
Overall, the space for driver and passengers within the Touran is very competitive for the segment. Typical of most cars in this class, legroom is a little tight in the sixth and seventh seats, but otherwise everyone has plenty of room to stretch out. The high driving position gives an excellent view of the road ahead, though with so many seats blocking the rear view, you’ll likely make good use of the rear parking sensors for low-speed manoeuvres.
Each of the six passenger seats can slide and fold independently of one another, allowing for endless seating arrangements. We haven’t counted them all personally, but Volkswagen says that the Touran’s cabin houses as many as 47 cubby holes and storage bins – so you’ll doubtless be finding loose change and urgent letters in random places years down the line.
|Elbow room (front/middle/rear)||1,490/1,518/1,269mm|
In five-seat mode, the Touran scores very highly for boot space. With the second row of seats set into their standard position, a 743-litre load bay sits behind them – that’s significantly more boot space than most executive estate cars. Boot space is pretty meagre when seven occupants are strapped in, but that is also the case for both the C4 Picasso and Grand C-Max, too.
|Seven seats up||137 litres|
|Five seats up||743 litres|
|Two seats up||1,857 litres|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
An 11.5 metre turning circle is fairly standard for the class, so the Touran shouldn’t be any easier or more difficult than its nearest rivals to park. Ditto for the 58-litre fuel tank, so anyone who regularly drive long distances won’t be significantly better off here than in the ultra-frugal diesel engines fitted to the Grand C4 Picasso.
|Turning circle||11.5 metres|
|Fuel tank||58 litres|
2015 saw the release of the third-generation Touran. With it came a new platform, which combined with more efficient construction methods has helped it shave up to 61kg from its predecessor. This is a very good thing – a lower overall weight brings gains to performance, fuel economy and agility, as well as reducing stopping distances.
|1,436kg (1.2 TSI)||1,603kg (2.0 TDI DSG)|
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