Volkswagen Cars News: Volkswagen Touran Review

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Volkswagen Touran Review

Welcome to our VW Touran road test reviews archive section – here we have a compilation of reviews on the Volkswagen Touran from a selection of the most talented authors on the web, gathered together for your viewing pleasure, with a reference to the original articles.

Volkswagen Touran Review

The VW Touran is available with 2 petrol motors – a 101bhp 1.6-litre engine and a 138bhp 1.4-litre motor that’s both turbo’d and supercharged. However, most buyers will opt for one of the turbodiesels as the fuel efficient option. There are 1.9-litre TDi’s with 89- and 104bhp but each needs to be revved for the best usage, or our choice, the 2.0 TDi models with 140 and 170 horsepower.

A 6 speed manual box is standard across the range, and VW’s wonderful DSG gearbox is an option on all the top end models.

The Volkswagen Touran‘s ride is rather firm at lower speeds, but the trade off is fine body control that helps to reduce body roll and stops your passengers feeling ill. Handling is fluent and the steering impresses, feeling suitably manageable round town, yet weighting up reassuringly as your pace increases.

The VW Touran#8217;s cabin is well damped for exterior noise. Road noise is isolated, as is wind roar. The 1.6 petrol is loud when revved and the diesels, while powerful, are not quite as refined as some of the opposition.

The desirability of that VW logo should ensure that residual values stay strong. Both the 1.9 and 2.0 diesel engines better 45 miles per gallon on the combined run, although 2006#8217;s tax changes mean they no longer enjoy as much of a benefit for company car drivers.

The Volkswagen Touran#8217;s interior is made from tough materials and is well screwed together to stand up to the rigours of family use. VW mechanicals traditionally cope well with higher mileages. However, owners have raised issues with the exterior bodywork in the latest JD Power customer surveys.

Every Volkswagen Touran has head and side airbags in the front, and also curtain airbags which run the full length of the cabin to give better side impact protection. Electronic stability control and Anti lock brakes are also a standard.

Like all MPVs, the Touran doesn’t provide a secure boot, although an alarm is fitted to all varaints except the entry S model.

The VW dashboard is well thought out and the driving position is excellent due to the 2 way steering wheel and driver#8217;s seat-height adjustments, but as with most Volkswagens the cabin is worthy but short on styling flair. The controls are well positioned, and there are 39 different storage areas. Forward visibility could be better, due to broad, intrusive windscreen pillars and a smallish screen.

The Volkswagen Touran has versatile seating with a spacious middle row of seats that can slide, fold and be removed simply. The rearmost row is ok for adults on short journeys, although luggage space can suffer. Seats that fold flat to the floor can create a large boot.

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