Volkswagen Touran | What Car Review | Mumsnet Cars

25 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Volkswagen Touran | What Car Review | Mumsnet Cars

Great

Gripes

It’s not the exciting car in the world

Top-spec are expensive

You have to lift out the seats for maximum load

Easy and relaxing to drive and in, both round town and on the

Inside

The interior is sensible than snazzy, but that a satisfyingly user-friendly layout and controls

Safety

Stability is standard but there are no airbags for the seats and crash test raised some concerns

The interior is built to withstand life, but the Touran hasn’t in recent reliability surveys

Space

Room for seven, the two in the very back are kids

and extras

All have air-con, control and alloy wheels but upgrade to add Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls

What’s it like to

Despite its looks, the Touran more like a regular car a boxy MPV to drive, and there’s not a bad on offer. The 103bhp supercharged 1.2 TSI engine is a good bet for keeping down, and though it struggles a bit the car is fully loaded, it’ll be for most buyers. There’s a 138bhp 1.4 petrol, which is and turbocharged, but if you cover a lot of miles one of the will be a better bet.

The 1.6 is adequate while the 2.0-litre – with either 138 or – give strong, acceleration whenever you need it. will be grateful for the Touran’s body control round and the smooth, quiet way it goes its business.

What’s it like

The VW Touran is unlikely to draw any glances but it’s comfortable and to last. All shapes and sizes find enough adjustment to get at the wheel, and all round visibility is The controls couldn’t be simpler and feels solid and smart. The middle-row seats each recline and fold individually and are enough for many models of seat to fit three abreast only the outer two have points, however.

The two rearmost seats that up from under the boot are for children, especially as you can only get to by tumbling forward the seat in and this will only when in its farthest-back position, leaves only child-size in the rear – assuming the is on a Group 2/3 or Group 2 booster, as isn’t enough room for a in a Group 1 child seat if feet dangle far over the end of seat. Seven-up, there’s just enough room for a buggy in the boot but with four on board there’s of space for everyone’s luggage. if you want to expand the load bay for or other large items, in mind that although the seat backs fold the seats don’t fold as in more practical rivals; to more space you need to tumble the seats forward or, if you to use every available inch the front seats, remove completely, which is hard

There are three trim Even the cheapest, S, comes air-conditioning, alloy wheels, electric windows and cruise Extras on SE and Sport models automatic headlights and wipers, and rear parking sensors, a USB socket and VW’s Park system, which steers the car a suitable parking space.

How is it?

Owners rated the Touran average for mechanical reliability in the JD Power customer satisfaction though they weren’t as impressed with the service dealers. As for safety, the Touran has control fitted as standard, with front, side and airbags, but these don’t to the rearmost pair of seats. tests by Euro NCAP the car was launched in 2003 raised safety issues: while the car the maximum five stars for safety under the tests at the time (the test has since been revised), was cause for concern regarding safety.

Should I buy one?

You can spend a lot on a Touran, but even the more models make perfectly buys, even if resale aren’t particularly strong by VW Every version has respectable economy and CO2 emissions, but just that a Peugeot 5008 about the same and is much practical.

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