What is it?
Seven years and 1.1 million sales after the Touran first hit the scene, VW is launching what it calls a new Touran. It’s more of a major facelift, really. There’s crisper styling, and the big news is the arrival of two new four-cylinder engines, but this Touran has the same underpinnings as before and the same basic interior in either five or seven-seat guise.
What's it like?
The two new engines are a 1.2-litre direct-injection petrol and a 1.6-litre common-rail diesel that replaces the existing 1.9. Both provide the Touran with better fuel economy and lower emissions, in conjunction with developments such as stop-start, low-resistance tyres and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Already available in other VWs, the impressive 1.6-litre diesel suits the Touran well. It is surprisingly nippy in stop-start town traffic and its refined cruising ability makes motorway travel genuinely relaxing. Best of all, Volkswagen claims 61mpg on the combined cycle, which equates to a range of over 800 miles.