Volkswagen Touran (2015-present)

With 37 storage areas and seven seats, the VW Touran is a people carrier with plenty of practicality

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Interior can seat seven
Feels solid and well-made
Engines offer performance and economy

Weaknesses 

Miniscule boot when seven seats in use
Leg room in third row is minimal
Expensive
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Volkswagen Touran Diesel Estate 2.0 tdi r line 5dr

Total RRP £33,140

Your quote £25,750

You Save £7,390

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.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 17:30

Volkswagen Touran Prices

Volkswagen Touran R Line

2.0 tdi r line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,750

You could save up to: £7390

Volkswagen Touran S

1.6 tdi 115 s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,066

You could save up to: £4334

1.6 tdi 115 s 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,204

You could save up to: £4496

Volkswagen Touran SE

1.6 tdi 115 se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,889

You could save up to: £6486

2.0 tdi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,068

You could save up to: £6542

Volkswagen Touran SE Family

1.6 tdi 115 se family 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,786

You could save up to: £6454

1.6 tdi 115 se family 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,774

You could save up to: £6766

2.0 tdi se family 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,953

You could save up to: £6822

Volkswagen Touran SEL

2.0 tdi sel 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,249

You could save up to: £6916