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The Volkswagen Touran has a good chassis but little inspiration and a bland appearance
I think the cosmetic changes are a huge improvement, and the new diesel looks to be very economical. However, I do think they should've done more with the interior; made it more Golf/Polo-like, perhaps? All they appear to have done is add some extra chrome and installed new heating controls. They put a whole new dashboard in the Golf Estate... why couldn't they have tweaked this one a bit more?...
"The creative adult is the child who survived."
Suppose it's on how the Touran is viewed against the rest of the Golf range. VW calls the current Golf hatch an all-new Mk 6 version, but in my eyes is nothing more that a heavily facelifted Mk 5, while the estate has the new front end but keeps, more or less, the same sheetmetal as the previous model, very much like this revised Touran. Yet the estate and Touran don't appear to be called all-new next gen models by VW. Anyway, just me having a trivial gripe.
Strange how the road tester says the 1.6 TDI is very impressive in start stop traffic our MK6 Golf 1.6 TDI (105) with the same engine was good on motorways but felt a bit rough when in start stop traffic, was very slow to pick up speed unless you dropped to 2nd and wanted to get pushed back into your seat which makes journeys annoying.
[quote Mini1] I do think they should've done more with the interior; made it more Golf/Polo-like, perhaps? All they appear to have done is add some extra chrome and installed new heating controls.[/quote]
- new multi-function steering wheel plus new backlit instrument dials taken from the Golf, plus new centre console with your new/improved heating controls - AutoExpress' write-up.
Looks none too shabby or inferior to Golf/Polo to me.
[quote Lanehogger] However, I do think they should've done more with the interior; made it more Golf/Polo-like, perhaps? All they appear to have done is add some extra chrome and installed new heating controls. They put a whole new dashboard in the Golf Estate... why couldn't they have tweaked this one a bit more?...[/quote]
I think most of the current crop if VW interiors are much of a muchness, so youre not losing out on much with this one being relatively unchanged. It seems ok for this type of vehicle.
Depending on pricing and discount available we will probably be buying one of these. 61mg for this type of car is superb. Lets face it they are all dull but at least this one will be cheap to run.
If you're thinking of buying, and use the boot a lot, be careful.
I had a series 1 of these - the boot looked dreadful when we sold it 5 years later. Plastics were very soft / easily marked - not quite what you want on a family car.
They may have improved since then.
It was also by far the most unreliable car I've ever had.
[quote Mini1]I think the cosmetic changes are a huge improvement[/quote]
I guess it's in the eye of the beholder. I liked the series 2 with the EOS-style chrome grille and headlights way much better.
Still love it though, except for the fact that the 7-seater has to do without a spare wheel. Thhen again, that is also true of the S-max, the Grand Scenic and the latest Sharan/Alhambra. What a pain in the neck.
[quote PhilM4000]Depending on pricing and discount available we will probably be buying one of these. 61mg for this type of car is superb. Lets face it they are all dull but at least this one will be cheap to run.[/quote]
As you say, not exciting, but a supremely rational purchase, and very good family transport. Can't imagine 61mpg is achievable in the real world, but anything close to that is very welcome.
I wanted to highlight the positive aspects of the Touran:
There's not much VW can do with the boxy shape of the Touran as the vertical sides create the extra room inside. It's amazing how roomy it is inside despite its compact size. Most 7 seat cars are much bigger and heavier.
It has 3 'proper' independently folding, middle row seats. Each of which can take a full size carseat or two carseats and an adult comfortably. (no middle/middle 'non-seat' bench here)
The 61mpg of this model is amazing and makes it one the most economical 7 seater's available. Plus VW / Audi's excellent super smooth shifting DSG auto gearbox is now 7 not 6 gears.
The third row seats can now be folded without removing the headrests first as per the current model. But at least the middle row seats have never had to be moved forward to fold them down (as in most other 7 seaters).
With my family, my 3 kids their friends and their associated stuff, this car has been excellent. There's plenty of space to store stuff in the cabin and cupholders for everyone (important with 5 thirsty kids on a trip!).
Unusually for a mid-size 7 seater the suspension is not overly stiff or harsh and is pliant and comfortable on a long journey. But it as not as boring to drive as some journalists would have you believe. The 170bhp turbo diesel is shockingly fast and the Touran has direct and responsive steering. The chassis is also stiff and predictable.
The Touran is very practical & very easy to get along with. It's not too big to park anywhere in any carpark and it does it's job as family transport dutifully and outstandingly well.
I will be getting another Touran next year.. with a panoramic roof :)