Facelifted seven-seat MPV gets revised styling and an improved engine range
9 April 2010

Volkswagen has given its seven-seat Touran MPV a subtle mid-life facelift to bring its styling in line with the latest Golf, Polo, Sharan and Touareg models.

Changes include a new grille, bumper and headlights at the front and LED lights at the rear alongside a new bumper and tailgate. New alloy wheels and side-mounted chrome-edged rubbing strips complete the exterior changes.

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Interior changes include a new steering wheel and centre console, as well as new backlighting for the dials and a larger electronic display.

The third row of the seats in the boot can be folded flat to offer 695 litres of luggage capacity; with the centre row folded, this increases to 1913 litres. VW says there is a total of 39 storage components housed within the car.

The engine range consists of two petrols and two diesels: the 104bhp 1.2 TSI engine replaces the ageing 1.6 and becomes the entry-level unit and the 1.4 TSI engine is available with either 138bhp.

In the diesel range, 1.9 TDI engine is replaced by the 1.6 TDI unit with either 89bhp or 104bhp. With the latter output, the engine can be specified with VW’s Bluemotion Technology trim level which comes equipped with stop-start and allows the Touran to return 61.4mpg.

The 2.0 TDI engine is available with either 138bhp or 168bhp. New technology on the latest Touran includes a park assist system which can park the car in but parallel and end-on spaces.

Sales start in September, with the car likely to be priced from around £17,000. The first deliveries start this October.

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9 April 2010

[quote Autocar]Volkswagen has given its seven-seat Touran MPV a subtle mid-life facelift to to make it look exactly the same as the latest Golf, Polo, Sharan and Touareg models.
[/quote] There, I changed it for you. No charge.

9 April 2010

[quote Autocar]Volkswagen has given its seven-seat Touran MPV a subtle mid-life facelift to bring its styling in line with the latest Golf, Polo, Sharan and Touareg models.
[/quote]

The worlds most boring MPV gets yet another facelift? Jeez how many more times.

9 April 2010

I'm sure it's capable - it's from VW after all - but do you really want to sing "Postman Pat, Postman Pat..." every time you get in it? If they do it in white, it will match your dishwasher, fridge and washing machine.

Audi A3 2.0TDi S-Line / Subaru Legacy Tourer

9 April 2010

[quote 2xtrouble]I'm sure it's capable - it's from VW after all - but do you really want to sing "Postman Pat, Postman Pat..." every time you get in it? If they do it in white, it will match your dishwasher, fridge and washing machine.[/quote]

+1

It looks even more square and van like. I wonder if VW are using design cues from the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust.

9 April 2010

I guess it looks okay, but its sort of bland and just looks like a baby version of the new sharan now. I think the current model with the EOS style front grille looks best, its a shme they have moved away from that design language.

As with the MK6 Golf this new version will probably not be a significant improvement to what is already one of the best vehicles in the class, just a sideways step in the looks department.

9 April 2010

[quote J400uk]what is already one of the best vehicles in the class,[/quote]

About a year or so ago I had a Touran and Zafira hire cars back to back for a couple of weeks each. I have to say that for me the Zafira was head and shoulders above the Touran in pretty much every area; space, driving comfort (seats etc) as well as the general drive which was much more car like in the Zafira.

The upright driving position and noisey TDI engine in the Touran made me want an air horn and a CB so I could recreate my favourite scenes from smokie and the bandit.

9 April 2010

[quote theonlydt][quote Autocar]Volkswagen has given its seven-seat Touran MPV a subtle mid-life facelift to to make it look exactly the same as the latest Golf, Polo, Sharan and Touareg models.
[/quote] There, I changed it for you. No charge.[/quote] Good work. Now they all look as monumentally boring as each other.

Anonymous

9 April 2010

[quote J400uk]I think the current model with the EOS style front grille looks best, its a shme they have moved away from that design language.[/quote]

Totally agree - the Touran started out ultra-bland, got quite a decent facelift (and let's face it, most facelifts aren't great), now we're back to bland again.

The current VW front looks good on the Scirocco, ok on the new Polo and Touareg, but does nothing for the Golf and the Sharan is just uber-bland.

9 April 2010

Along with current Golf estate, this revised Touran just adds to the argument in my mind that the Golf Mk 6 hatchback is nothing more than a heavily facelifted Mk 5, despite VW's best efforts to convince punters otherwise. And the origins of the "Mk 6" are showing as it looks very old, upright and staid compared to all-new rivals.

9 April 2010

Zzzzzzzz, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, zzzzzzzzzzzzzz, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, zzzzzzzzzzz. Please wake me up when something interesting happens at VW.

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