Volkswagen Touran

Most sensible MPV on the market

This is the average score given by leading car publications from 9 reviews
  • More space than old Touran...
  • ...and also more economical
  • Sharp new looks
  • Still not as stylish as Citroen C4 Picasso
  • Uninspiring to drive
  • Not much else

£20,000 - £30,000 Price range


5 - 7 Seats


50 - 67 MPG


The all new VW Touran is slightly bigger, lighter and little pricier than the old model. Its closest rivals are the Ford Grand C-MAX, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer.

The interior of the new Touran is usable and robust with lots of storage compartments. High-quality materials are used throughout and the whole dashboard is soft to the touch. There is a good amount of space for passengers, but only kids will find the third row of seats comfortable.

The way the Touran gos hasn’t changed when compared to the old one – it is easy to drive and inspires confidence, but is more functional than fun. Comfort levels are very high and reviewers describe the ride quality as refined.

All the engines available are modern and up to 19 percent more fuel efficient than those in the previous model. The diesels are recommended as they are cheaper to run and match the requirements of the Touran better than the petrol engines that can feel underpowered.

The new Touran will be available in four trim levels with base model getting a five-inch touchscreen, park assist and air conditioning. With lower CO2 emissions than rivals expect the Touran to be cheap to run, too.

Have a look at our handy dimensions guide to see if the Touran will fit in your life.

Cheapest to buy: 1.2-litre S petrol

Cheapest to run: 1.6-litre BlueMotion diesel

Fastest model: 2.0-litre 190hp DSG diesel

Most popular: 1.2-litre SE petrol

The interior of the new Touran is its strongest selling point. The perceived quality is above what you find in rivals such as the Citroen Picasso and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, but it’s not as classy as the more expensive BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer and its clever iDrive system.

Volkswagen Touran passenger space

The 2015 Touran uses a brand new platform, meaning it is longer than the old model and also lighter – by up to 61kg. There is enough room even for six-footers, but seven seaters such as the Ford Galaxy are more spacious. The new Touran is also slightly narrower than the full-sized rivals, so there is less shoulder space than in a SEAT Alhambra. Where the Touran shines, though, is in the new seat flexibility. Each can slide and fold independently making for almost unlimited seating arrangements. There is improved access to the third row of seats over the old model and the increased legroom in the second row means no more knees on the back of the front seats from taller passengers.

Volkswagen Touran boot space

The new platform not only increases passenger room, but also makes the new Touran the largest in class in terms of boot space. With five seats up there is 1,040 litres of space – more than in a Ford S-Max and with the second row flat on the floor that number increases to a storage-unit-rivalling 1,857 litres which is more than what you can fit in a 2 Series Gran Tourer.  Storage has also been a top priority for VW and as a result there are no less than 47 cubbies of varying sizes scattered around the cabin. 

This is a family car first and foremost so Volkswagen has put any ideas of sporty driving on the back burner in favour of offering comfortable transport for all. The Touran’s controls are light making it easy to drive smoothly, and the suspension is smooth and supple. Wind and road noise are also well contained at motorway speeds.

Even so, if you do happen across a fun country road, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised by the way the Touran drives. The well-weighted steering is direct, allowing you to tackle corners with confidence, and sporty driving isn’t discouraged by excessive body lean.

The usual bunch of well-known VW Group engines are available for the Touran – two petrols and three diesels. The diesels are recommended for most uses as they are decently powerful and offer more pulling power than the petrols.

The manual transmission offers slick shifts and a DSG automatic can be equipped on any engine. It is standard on the most powerful diesel.

Volkswagen Touran petrol engines

The cheapest Touran comes with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 110hp. It is not powerful enough to move around the 1,550kg car and that is especially evident when trying to overtake. The more-powerful 1.4-litre option has the power but with 50.4mpg and 132g/km of CO2 it’s the least efficient engine in the range.

Volkswagen Touran diesel engines

The diesel alternatives are much more frugal and versatile with the least powerful 110hp 1.6-litre able to achieve 67.3mpg and emit only 111g/kg of CO2 so it costs just £30 to tax. According to reviewers the engine falls behind rivals on responsiveness and flexibility, but outright performance is still enough for most family needs and also realworld fuel economy is always above 50mpg. 

The 2.0-litre engine is much more refined and is the recommended pick of the range. Regardless of the power level (148hp or 187hp) the engine moves the Touran with ease making overtaking and towing easy. Even the lower-powered model can get the car from 0-62mph in a respectable 9.3 seconds. 

The Touran, being a family oriented car, comes equipped with the latest VW safety tech and features. There are seven air-bags and all five back seats have ISOFIX child seat mounting points.  In its crash tests done by Euro NCAP, the Touran was awarded the maximum five stars and its scores make it one of the safest MPVs currently on sale.

Standout safety systems are the Cam Connect that installs a camera facing the back seats so that parents know what is going on in the back without having to turn their heads. Another system is Voice Amplification – it lets the driver’s voice travel trough the cabin without having to raise it.  Reviewers note that the blind spot indicators are clearly visible as opposed to the subtle icons in the Ford C-MAX.

The new Touran costs a bit more than the old model, but that is compensated by extra standard equipment – a five-inch touchscreen for the stereo, park assist, air-conditioning and as an option there is trailer assist which displays a graphic on the multimedia screen to help with parking when towing. 

An addition to the trim levels is the SE Family which comes with a panoramic roof with integrated lighting and climate control with three independent zones for each row of seats. The Touran will be cheaper to run than rivals such as the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, because it has more fuel efficient engines and is more CO2 efficient – £30 a year to tax the 1.6-litre diesel.


The VW Touran may not be the-fun-to-drive, attractive-to-look-at MPV that some rivals are trying to be, but is a very sensible choice and is very hard to fault. It rides comfortably and the handling inspires confidence, there is plenty of room and the interior feels robust and upmarket. The Touran is not the car you dreamed of having, but it’s the car you buy because it is a little bit better than it’s rivals where it matters.

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