It has been executed with VW’s characteristically fine attention to detail and uses excellent packaging and cabin versatility to deliver great occupant space from a fairly compact footprint. In that respect, it earns a podium rank in our people-mover class.
If you need a bigger seven-seater than this for reasons of practicality, you need a full-sized MPV. It’s a result of VW’s strong pricing for the Touran that a like-for-like Sharan or Seat Alhambra won’t cost you a great deal more.
Apart from its lack of charm, though, the Touran now feels like a fully fledged VW in being worth at least a solid eight out of 10 on absolutely everything.
There are a few things in the facelift that may help the Touran mount an assault on the top two spots in this sector, including reducing showroom price and emissions, as well as being brave and jazzing up the exterior.