The Touran is a safe place to put your money, given Volkswagen's typically strong residuals. That desirable badge on the nose is perhaps the Touran’s biggest weapon in its assault on Britain’s family driveways.
Against rivals, the Touran is expensive but generally well equipped. The entry-level 1.2 TSI comes in at around £18,300. For that, you’ll get 15in alloy wheels, air-con and cruise control, but items ranging from the fairly essential front foglights to the more desirable panoramic roof are left on the options list in base S trim.
SE trim starts considerably higher than the S – at around £21,000 for the 1.2 TSI Bluemotion Technology model – but the equipment list lengthens with it. Range-topping Sport models start from around £25,000.
The Touran is not left out in receiving VW’s excellent range of fuel-saving Bluemotion Technology. Both 104bhp and 138bhp diesels and the base 1.2 TSI are offered with stop-start and a brake energy recuperation system to create eco flagships for the Touran range.
At its most frugal – in 104bhp 1.6 Bluemotion Technology guise – the Touran returns 61.4mpg, although at 121g/km, the CO2 emissions of this model are agonizingly close to the 120g/km threshold you’d expect an eco special to breach.
The 2.0 TDI Bluemotion Technology is something of an all-rounder for both performance and economy. It can crack 0-62mph in 9.9sec, and still return 58.9mpg. CO2 emissions of this model are also impressive, at 127g/km.
Insurance-wise, the Touran also scores. It sits in Group 10E in base diesel form, and 19E in the most potent oil-burner.