What is it?
It’s a seven-seat Golf, in essence, and that’s no bad thing for the new Volkswagen Touran. After all, we know that the Mk7 Golf platform on which it’s based is particularly excellent, and the Golf principles of a quality interior, unflappable dynamics and smooth ride and refinement should bring just as much appeal to the MPV sector as it does to family hatchbacks.
The question is, can the Touran compete with strong competition from the Ford S-Max, Citroën Grand C4 Picasso and even the bigger MPVs such as the Ford Galaxy and Seat Alhambra that it’ll certainly compete with on price in its higher-end versions?
This isn’t a particularly cheap prospect, you see, and that could be a problem in this value-conscious class. Even the base 108bhp 1.6 diesel engine in mid-spec SE trim, as tested here, has a list price that comes in at some £3k more than that of a Grand C4 Picasso, and is not much cheaper than the more powerful 2.0 TDCi 150 Ford S-Max.