Larger, more practical Volkswagen Touran will go on sale later this year

The 2016 Volkswagen Touran MPV has been revealed at the Geneva motor show.

The new model, based on VW's MQB platform, will slot into the range between the new, smaller, Golf SV and the full-size seven-seat Sharan MPV.

The Touran's looks have been brought into line with other recent Volkswagens such as the new Passat and the Golf SV. The interior is also completely new, adopting a more premium feel while maximising the available interior space.

It is not just a case of maximising existing space, though, because the new Touran is around 12cm longer than the car it replaces, while the wheelbase has been stretched by 11cm.

The cabin comes with a completely new folding seat arrangement, which allows the seats to be dropped to create a flat floor. The new model is available in both five- and seven-seat versions, and Volkswagen claims the former has the biggest luggage compartment in the class.

The new model also has a huge list of safety equipment available. Various active systems are offered, including an automatic post-collision braking assistant as standard, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and pre-crash proactive occupant protection.

As with other 2016 models from the VW stable, there are significant upgrades to the infotainment set-up. It will be offered with full integration with both Apple and Android smartphones, allowing advanced phone functionality, such as voice control, to be used.

The UK engine range will consist of two petrol and three diesel models, all of which are claimed to be significantly more economical than the models they replace. This comes as a result of weight reduction, improved aerodynamics as well as mechanical improvements.

The entry-level engine option is the 1.2-litre TSI turbo petrol unit, which is joined by more powerful 148bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrols. The three diesel options are rated at 108bhp for the 1.6 TDI, with 148bhp and 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel models. The 1.6-litre diesel is the most economical in the line up, with an official fuel economy figure of 70.6mpg. The most economical petrol is the 1.4-litre, which manages 52.3mpg when paired with the optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The 187bhp diesel model gets an automatic gearbox, which is optional on all other engine variants apart from the 1.2-litre TSI petrol.

The new Touran will be available to order in summer 2015 with the first UK deliveries in November 2015.

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24 February 2015
If it's launched in 2015 and delivered in 2015 what is this nonsense about it being a 2016 model? Yet more nonsense to appease the American market.

24 February 2015
If it was American model year designation, it would be 2018 model year! Lol

24 February 2015
I like this, partly because it would suit my needs, and partly because I think it is a smart new entry in what appears to be a shrinking market place. From the pictures it looks more nicely proportioned than the smaller Golf SV and sharper than the Sharan.

24 February 2015
I have the current one and love its compact size. Despite the marketing talk about the space efficiency of MQB, I doubt that the whole 14 cm extra length will be reflected in passenger and luggage space. It looks the part though, and the dashboard seems much improved (the outgoing model is now 12 years old). I hope the lower weight will remove the need for extra load tyres, so that runflats can be fitted instead. Fingers crossed, I don't feel comfortable driving around without a spare.

25 February 2015
Depressing anti-car.
  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

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