Volkswagen Touran Review
With 37 storage areas and seven seats, the VW Touran is a people carrier with plenty of practicality
Strengths & weaknesses
- Interior can seat seven
- Feels solid and well-made
- Engines offer performance and economy
- Miniscule boot when seven seats in use
- Third row legroom is minimal
If you’ve a growing family or you need an extra pair of car seats from time to time, the VW Touran could be worth a look. Rivals include the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, Kia Carens and Ford Grand C-Max. In the Touran’s favour are its classy but understated looks, tough VW build quality and range of powerful and efficient diesel engines. It may not be the cheapest but after three years of family use it should have held its value well.
All versions are relaxing to drive - especially with the automatic gearbox - thanks to their smooth ride and good visibility. The boxy body amplifies tyre noise at motorway speeds, though.
It’s the space and versatility of the Touran’s interior that will be uppermost in buyers’ minds and here, the model continues to impress. It’s a functional vehicle so don’t expect the last word in style and elegance. Even so, it looks smart and contemporary. Controls are logically presented and feel well machined. There’s plenty of adjustment in the driver’s seat and steering wheel so you can find the perfect position to match the great visibility.
VW claims to have crammed 37 storage cubbies inside the Touran. The glovebox is large and the door pockets generous. Higher-spec versions have picnic tables and underseat storage bins.
The middle row of three seats are each comfortably wide and have good legroom. The rear pair are a bit of a squeeze, though. For more space, you need to move up to Volkswagen’s larger Sharan.
The problem with compact people carriers is their lack of decent boot space. With all rows in position the Touran has just 137 litres of the stuff. This increases as the seats are folded to the point that with both rows folded flush into the floor, there’s 1,857 litres - enough to start a removals business.
Trim levels rise from S to expensive R Line. All models have an dashboard screen and a digital radio but our pick is SE with 16in alloys, front assist with emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors. If you’re feeling flush, go for SE Family with its sat-nav and panoramic glass roof thrown in.