- Exceptional build quality
- Impressive diesel engines
- Safest car in its class
- Understated looks
- More expensive than rivals
- 1.2 litre petrol is underpowered
Well-built, practical 7-seater MPV
The Volkswagen Touran is the German manufacturer’s answer to the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, and the BMW 2 Series Tourer. First introduced in 2003, the Touran is now in its second generation. Buyers looking for a practical, well-built MPV will love the Touran. Inside, there’s unbeatable build quality, seven seats, and lots of equipment, whilst on the road it feel positively car-like. It might not be as rewarding to drive as the Ford S-Max, nor is it as stylish as the C4 Grand Picasso, but the Touran is one of the most sensible options if you’re on the lookout for a large family car.
An update in 2015 saw a redesign, with a bigger body, more space inside, and improved safety and technology.
Exceptional quality, well-equipped, and spacious
One area in which the Sharan stands out from all of its rivals is in its interior. The build quality is excellent, and there’s a prestige feel throughout. The seating arrangement is also exceptionally flexible, and you’ll get plenty of kit as standard to boot.
The dashboard of the Touran feels like it’s lifted straight out of the Volkswagen Golf, and that’s because it essentially is. That means that build quality is just as impressive, and classy soft-touch, textured materials adorn every area of the cabin. Controls are intuitive, well-damped, and easy to use as well, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble adjusting. It really does feel like it’s built to last, so you can be confident that even with young kids, the Touran should last for generations.
Like most other 7-seater MPVs, the two additional seats aren’t really useful for anything other than children. For most families this shouldn’t be an issue, and the five seats in front offer plenty of space and headroom. With all seven seats up, there’s not much room in the boot, but take the rear two down, and you’ll get a humongous 743 litre boot capacity. Even with all the seats up, there’s still enough room for some shopping or a small foldable buggy.
Equipment levels in the Touran are impressive no matter which trim you choose to go for, though the entry-level S trim is pretty basic. Most buyers will go for the next level SE trim, which features front and rear parking sensors, climate control, cruise control, electric windows, alloy wheels, and automatic lights and wipers. There’s also an impressive panoramic sunroof available on SE Family trim and above.
All in all, the inside of the Touran is one of the most impressive packages in its class. It’s well-built, has a genuine prestige feel, and it’s also spacious. Add in generous levels of equipment, and it’s easy to see why the Touran is considered to be one of the class-leaders.
Excellent handling ability, comfortable, and refined
Unlike a quite a few cars in its class, the Touran is a pretty involved car to drive. It’s not as fun as a Ford S-Max, but then few are. Considering the size of the Touran, it really is a rewarding car out on the open road. There’s plenty of grip, the steering is precise and well-weighted, and body roll is kept well in check. Adaptive dampers are available as an optional extra, but their benefits don’t outweigh their cost, so it really isn’t worth the additional expense.
Suspension and Chassis
The Touran isn’t just a rewarding car for the driver, it’s also comfortable for passengers. The suspension and chassis may be stiffer than in some rivals, but the Touran easily irons out loose road surfaces, potholes, and city speed bumps. It’s also a great car for long distance driving, as road, wind and engine noise are kept down to a minimum, making motorway miles a pleasure rather than a chore.
Gearbox options in the Touran come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission, that has a sharp, smooth gearchange, and is well-geared for both town, and motorway driving. The optional 7-speed twin-clutch DSG automatic gearbox is well worth considering however, as it is one of the most advanced transmissions that you can get, and is well suited to the Touran.
Impressive efficiency whether petrol or diesel
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Touran, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. All engines in the range are efficient, though diesel engines offer the best balance. Unless you rarely stray out of town, it’s worth avoiding the 1.2 litre petrol.
If it’s power that you want from your Touran, the standout engine in the range is the diesel-powered 2.0 TDI SCR R-Line 190PS. Tourans equipped with this engine produce 187bhp - pretty exceptional for a car in this class. Even the lower powered 2.0 TDI SCR 150PS can accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.3 seconds, which will be more than enough oomph for most family buyers.
Eco-friendly buyers will be reasonably happy with the engines in the Touran range. The standout option is the diesel-powered 1.6 TDI 105 BlueMotion, which produces just 119g/km of CO2 emissions. It’s not quite at the magic sub-100g/km mark, but for a seven seat MPV it’s pretty impressive. This model is also the best for money savers, as it’s not only the cheapest to tax, it also offers up to 61.4mpg. With this model, you can save plenty at the fuel pumps, money which you can put towards life’s other luxuries.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Touran, you’re going to get a relatively clean, efficient engine. Diesels offer the best balance, but the 1.4 litre petrol is also impressive. Avoid the 1.2 litre petrol engine if you want a car capable out of town.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with the latest safety technology
Like most other cars in its class, the Volkswagen Touran easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 88% in adult safety, 89% in child safety, and 71% in pedestrian safety, the Touran is safer than the C4 Grand Picasso, the Toyota Verso, and the Ford S-Max. Volkswagen has also incorporated the very latest in safety technology in the Touran. You’ll get nine airbags, automatic post-collision braking, tyre-pressure monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and emergency city braking in the Touran.
Superb value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Volkswagen Touran represents excellent value for money for family buyers. It may be more expensive to buy than some of its rivals, but the Touran is cheap to run day-to-day. This varies from model to model, but fuel efficiency is exceptional throughout the range (with no model achieving less than 50mpg), and CO2 levels are average, or better than average for the class.
When it comes to insurance groups, it again depends on which model you choose to go for. The Touran range starts in group 9 for the low-powered 1.6 TDI SE, climbing up to group 21 if you’re tempted by the top of the range, powerful 2.0 TDI (190) R Line DSG. Whichever model you go for, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation is one area that affects the Touran, but only for the first year. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Volkswagen Touran is the sensible option if you’re looking for a seven-seater MPV. It’s not as fun to drive as S-Max, nor is at striking looking as a C4 Grand Picasso, but there isn’t a car in the class that’s as well-balanced as the Touran. It features an exceptional interior, efficient engines, and a comfortable, engaging ride. It may be a little more expensive than an equivalent rival, but it’s sure to pay off in the long run.
Buying a used Volkswagen Touran online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Volkswagen Touran for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Touran. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Volkswagen Touran online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Touran? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Volkswagen Touran, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Touran, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Volkswagen to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.