The Touran is about as practical as a car this size can be – it has room for seven and lots of storage spaces – the only downside is that the boot’s small when you’ve a full load of people
There is loads of room on the Touran’s front and middle row of seats, and enough space for adults on the third row, where kids will be more than happy.
Every Volkswagen Touran come with a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that adjusts for rake and reach, so you can get comfy regardless of how tall or short you are. A front centre armrest is also standard, so you have somewhere comfortable to rest your elbow on long motorway cruises. If you want extra comfort then upgrade to an SE car or above – they come with lumbar support for both front seats and add height adjustment to the passenger seat.
SE cars and above also add extra features to the middle row, such as a recline function for all three seats, sturdy picnic tables attached to the backs of the front seats and a centre armrest. The Touran’s massive rear doors give excellent access to the middle row, so passengers should have no trouble getting in, and once seated they’ll find there’s plenty of knee room and headroom, even with a space-eating panoramic sunroof fitted.
Even if you have three passengers sat on the second row, the person on the middle seat shouldn’t feel too squashed, and there’s no hump in the floor so foot room isn’t an issue. The view out from the middle seat is decent because you can see between the two front seats.
Your passengers won’t struggle to get into the rear pair of seats because the doors open wide and the middle row easily folds out of your way. Although the rearmost seats aren’t overly spacious, adults under six foot tall should be able to get comfortable and they’ll be absolutely fine for kids.
All five of the Touran’s back seats have Isofix child-seat mounting points fitted, and you’ll find it easy to actually get seats into the car thanks to those huge rear doors and the fact that all the Isofix points are clearly marked behind plastic tabs.
The Volkswagen Touran has storage places everywhere you look. All the door bins can hold a one-litre bottle of water, there are several cup holders and you’ll find additional storage areas on top of the dashboard and in the roof. In front of the gear stick there’s a tray with an auxiliary plug and USB sockets to charge electricals. The glovebox is big enough to hold a 0.75-litre bottle of water and you also get a rubberised cubby next to the steering wheel that is a perfect place to store change without it rattling about.
SE cars and above get a larger overhead storage area and there are drawers under the front seats. If you want the ultimate family-friendly specification, though, go for the SE Family model which has electrically activated child locks, roller blinds for the middle-row windows and a system that amplifies the driver’s voice through the stereo – perfect for getting the full attention of riotous children.
The Touran’s back-seat picnic tables lock in place so the interior doesn’t look like the aftermath of a food fight the minute you hit a bumpy road
The Volkswagen Touran is extremely practical when it comes to carrying passengers, but with a full load of people there’s only 137 litres left over in the boot for luggage. With all its seats in use, a Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer has a 165-litre boot, which might not sound like a big difference but does mean you can fit a stroller or a large suitcase, neither of which will go in the VW.
You’ll fit a whole lot more in the Touran’s boot when you fold the rearmost seats away – doing so opens up a 937-litre load bay. That’s big enough to swallow two large and two small suitcases and a couple of soft bags without even having to remove the load cover.
All the VW’s seats fold away easily and neatly, revealing a total capacity of 1,875 litres – doing the same in the Citroen involves a lot more faff.