You have to hand it to Volkswagen. When it competes in a market sector, it does so wholeheartedly. Cars in the compact MPV class are typically available in either five or seven-seat form, so VW sells the Touran in both formats to cover both eventualities.
If you opt to do without the rearmost pair of seats, you save no money but do benefit from a full-size spare wheel.
And then, of course, there are those looks. Mid-sized MPVs often look rather bland, so VW has created perhaps the blandest-looking of them all. It figures, no doubt, that owners will prefer to concentrate on its badge, which is rather more prestigious than is common in this class, and its Golf underpinnings.
Indeed, the Touran was the very first VW to use the PQ35 platform with its expensive multi-link rear suspension and, like those that followed, is equipped with the full range of VW’s TSI petrol and TDI diesel four-cylinder engines.
The Touran sports the typical crisp VW family look that appears on every other model in the VW range. So there’s the familiar headlights, grille design and wide lower intake at the front, clean surfaces at the side and the equally familiar lights and bumper at the rear.
One thing the Touran lacks next to some of its more innovative rivals is rear sliding doors. Sliding rear doors feature on models like the Ford Grand C-Max and Mazda 5, but the Touran makes do with a traditional pair of entry points for rear passengers.