Volkswagen Touran 1.9 SE TDI 7-seater — MotorBar Road Test

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Volkswagen Touran 1.9 SE TDI 7-seater — MotorBar Road Test

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A FAMILY MAN to have three options: 4×4, boring estate or a MPV. Then along the compact MPV and #151; hey presto! family motoring ceased to be a evil. In fact, if you ‘ re about Volkswagen ‘ s it could well become a enjoyable pursuit.

The beauty of a Volkswagen is that you can be sure

you’ll get two things: quality and A ‘sister’ to the class-leading family Golf, the Touran with its paintwork, tight panel fit and palpable look of quality you a glow of satisfaction every you walk up to it.

VW understands perfectly sense and sensibility don’t to be dull and boring and that, if there happen to be two, four

or even five to be carted around, family still want to feel a in their car.

A smart set of always enhance a car, and the 6Ѕ x

8-spoke light alloy wheels fitted to our 1.9 TDI test car set off the metallic blue paintwork Classy touches are evident in unnoticed items #151; the lens indicator repeater are stylishly integrated into the mirrors and, in the luggage there are chromed load rings.

You won’t be surprised to hear the Touran’s cabin is extremely put together, using first-class materials. This is, after

a Volkswagen. First impressions are of of space, helped by the

fact both front ‘comfort’ have masses of height as well as lumbar adjustment.

The utilises the floorpan of the latest MkV Golf and enhanced suspension with the additional weight and while the interior makes use of every inch of space. In form the Touran ships out as a but it’s also available as a

In five-seat mode you get a decent while in the seven-seat the two individual seats fold flat the floor in one quick, simple for the times you need to carry not bodies.

The three individual making up the second row all slide and backwards and are all foldable and removable. can be added or removed in seconds. If into seat-shifting then you can fun with a Touran.

According to Volkswagen, there are 500 interior variations and we’ll take their word on one!

Access to the load bay is helped considerably by the two-stage rear tailgate. Simply up past the standard indent and it rise even higher. practical safety feature

is a screen wiper that automatically when reverse

is selected.

Stylistically, the Touran’s lines are well-honed and crisply and, like the Golf, it remain fresh-looking for quite

a #151; unlike some of the minute’ designs that swiftly fade and dent

Standard ‘kit’ is generous, air-conditioning, cruise control, CD electric windows front and electrically heated and adjustable mirrors, dust and pollen heat insulating tinted and a multifunction computer. Sun visors are enough and feature illuminated Trademark blue adjustable lighting adds another touch #151; and it’s on the eyes, too.

There are reading lights as well as sockets in the rear and the luggage Smart black roof are

designed to use a carrier system.

The 1.9-litre TDI engine generates ft of torque at 1,900rpm. As you increase on the accelerator, the more than torque makes the Touran much quicker than the figures would have you From standstill to the benchmark takes 13.5 seconds.

Top is 110mph and the good news for the family budget #151; is the fuel consumption of 47.1mpg.

Our average came out at a healthy with a lot of stop-start driving on and country lanes. Lighter-footed should achieve the Touran’s extra-urban figure of 53.3mpg.

For the the Touran’s TDI unit meets the IV ultra-clean emissions standard. A for company car drivers is that the

Touran avoids the usual 3 per tax penalty.

The Touran is refined at and does a good job of hiding the that it uses diesel than petrol. The TDI unit is on motorways which, with a cabin and an absence of NVH from sources (the tight quality means a complete of squeaks and rattles) combined a smooth and firm ride, all happy motoring.

The speed sensitive power-assisted is pleasantly light around and feel noticeably improves as it should! #151; as your increases. The steering is accurate and the drive Touran

is reassuring at speeds, tracking arrow-straight and resolutely steadfast even in the windy conditions we experienced our test week. With its and light shift, the six-speed is a perfect mate for the 100bhp

The dashboard is uncomplicated and ergonomically All controls feel good to The four-spoke leather rimmed wheel adjusts for height and pedals are well-positioned and the gearlever

easily to hand. Contoured front seats, upholstered in a hardwearing cloth, are both and supportive and offer a commanding of the road ahead from a driving position.

Don’t ask us but kids seem to love ‘up back’ in the Touran’s third row seats #151; it’s the neat arm rests

and handles, or the clear views out the large windows.

They made good use of the middle centre seat, which to become a table, and the flip-up mounted on the back of the front were appreciated. Use the sixth and seats all

the time and you’ll sacrifice of your boot space but not in use they fold flat the boot floor. Take out the seats as well and you have litres of load capacity of carrying 660kg

of luggage.

The has a wealth of storage areas, a number of concealed cubbies to things out of sight. A game the enjoyed on the Touran’s arrival was Thirty-Nine Steps’. Not the classic but finding each and every one of the 39 storage spaces that from sizeable lidded ‘secret’ compartments to drop sunglass holders in the roof, under the seats, and one-litre holders in every door.

The underpinnings endows the Touran excellent body control while it’s no GTI, its strength is more fundamental.

and unfailingly secure handling keep you, and your safely out of harm’s way. things and there’s ESP to get you out of trouble. No from the brakes either as are as good as you’ll ever

Not only will the kids be being whizzed around in a they will also be as as houses thanks to its five-star NCAP rating and a comprehensive of safety equipment. In addition to

and front passenger’s active restraints there are head for all rear seats, three-point for every seat, Isofix seat preparation on the outer of the middle row, driver’s and passenger’s airbags with airbag deactivation switch, airbag system for front and row passengers

and front seat impact airbags.

You also get ABS HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist), ESP Stabilisation Programme) including EDL Differential Lock)

and ASR (Traction

Volkswagens are traditionally built to #151; witness the number of ten old Golfs you see on the roads that look fresh #151; like them, the Touran cope admirably with the of family life, the hard and high mileages that go hand-in-hand with running a You could say that owning a shows good family

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