What is it?
Seven years and 1.1 million sales after the Touran first hit the scene, VW is launching what it calls a new Touran. It’s more of a major facelift, really. There’s crisper styling, and the big news is the arrival of two new four-cylinder engines, but this Touran has the same underpinnings as before and the same basic interior in either five or seven-seat guise.
What's it like?
The two new engines are a 1.2-litre direct-injection petrol and a 1.6-litre common-rail diesel that replaces the existing 1.9. Both provide the Touran with better fuel economy and lower emissions, in conjunction with developments such as stop-start, low-resistance tyres and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Already available in other VWs, the impressive 1.6-litre diesel suits the Touran well. It is surprisingly nippy in stop-start town traffic and its refined cruising ability makes motorway travel genuinely relaxing. Best of all, Volkswagen claims 61mpg on the combined cycle, which equates to a range of over 800 miles.
Two further engines will be available from the outset: a 170bhp 1.4-litre direct-injection petrol and 2.0-litre common-rail diesel in 140bhp and 170bhp guises.
Should I buy one?
Dynamically, the Touran is safe and predictable. But what it lacks in fun, it more than makes up for in ride quality, versatility, space and quality, all of which are first rate.
It now also comes with some impressive options, such as VW’s second-generation Park Assist system and Light Assist, as well as an improved panoramic glass sunroof. It’s just a pity that, in spite of the sharp new front and rear ends, the Touran still looks so boring.