Volkswagen isn’t accustomed to coming second. In spite of Dieselgate, it remained Europe’s biggest-selling car brand by a country mile in 2015.
If the brand has a weakness, it is with niche models – and second generation Volkswagen Tiguan crossover and this road test subject are concerted attempts to address that.
In the new Touran mid-sized MPV, Volkswagen is making a fresh assault on a market segment traditionally led on sales by Renault and Citroën with a car that uses its latest and best platform, powertrain, safety and infotainment technology.
After a long, 12-year lifespan, the original VolkswagenTouran has been replaced by one founded on the Volkswagen Group’s £50 billion MQB platform. This new Touran is longer and slightly wider than the previous model, but it is also much better packaged, according to company claims.
It gets seven seats as standard in the UK – and if it didn’t, the five-seat derivative would offer the biggest boot in its class.
We Brits aren’t quite treated to the full variety of the Touran engine range enjoyed by our Continental cousins, with only two petrol and three diesel powerplants on offer here.