Growing by 130mm in its overall length and 113mm in the wheelbase compared with the first-generation version, the new Touran looks ready to address the thorniest issue of all as far as mid-sized seven-seaters are concerned: namely that, for all but children below the age of about 12 years, these cars aren’t really seven-seaters at all.
The Touran’s market sector is populated by rivals that are better described as 5+2s. Fifteen years ago, before bulky child seats became mandatory, that probably wasn’t such a huge problem for the young families who used these cars, but the same can’t be said today.
And the MQB platform has allowed VW to add 63mm to the length of the Touran’s interior, leaving more room at the rear for luggage in seven-seat mode than most of its competitors are able to provide. The proof of that will come when we break out the tape measure.
Plainly, VW hasn’t been tempted to go down the ‘quirky’ route with the new Touran’s exterior design, because such things just aren’t Wolfsburg’s style. Restraint is all, even with a boxy MPV.
There is greater definition in the car’s surfacing than before, as well as more attractive detailing around the headlights and grille. The overall effect is characteristically smart and neat, albeit somewhat bland.
Although it’s longer and wider than its predecessor, the new Touran is 62kg lighter at the kerb when averaged out model for model.