Volkswagen Touran

5/5
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Verdict

The Volkswagen Touran was first launched in the year 2003. This compact SUV has proven popular in Ireland among people who don’t need the added practicalities of the Sharan. Worldwide over 1.9 million Tourans have been sold. The latest generation of Touran landed in Ireland during January 2016 and for is now available as a seven-seater only. The new Touran may prove to be a favourite among parents and families as it’s practical and its more stylish now too. We attended the International launch of this vehicle during 2015 and the estimate in terms of Irish sales for 2016 is that they will sell around 400 units. The new model is 62 kg lighter and 13 mm longer than the outgoing model to make it more fuel efficient (Volkswagen reckons that it is 19% more efficient than the last version) and more spacious.

Performance

Three engines are available to the Irish market. These are made up of one petrol and two diesel options. The guess is that the 1.6 litre TDI offering a maximum power of 110 PS will be the most popular to the Irish market. This engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. The other diesel option is a 2.0 litre TDI with 150bhp which is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG transmission. The petrol choice is a 1.2 TSI offering 110 PS.

Ride & Handling

On our test drive of the Touran we noticed that there was a marginal amount of body roll in corners but it handles itself better than the outgoing version and is more composed on twists and bends on Irish roads. It also soaks up general lumps and bumps well. The steering responds nicely to driver inputs too. On the motorway this is an excellent cruiser and while we didn’t over take in a single lane setting, we don’t imagine that 1.6 litre TDI will lag when needed.

Refinement

There is some wind noise but virtually no road noise within the cabin that makes the new Touran an extremely refined driving experience. This wind factor is possibly on account of the shape of the car – it’s not the most aerodynamic vehicle in the world. The 1.6 litre TDI engine that powered our test vehicle is refined at cruising speeds but it can be a bit grumbly when driving at lower speeds and while accelerating. The 2.0 litre is a much more refined and noticeably powerful experience.

Quality & Reliability

The interior is made up of the good stuff that you would expect from Volkswagen. It’s not the most exciting space in the world but because there are no cheap plastics parents, will be happy that the car will be able to put up with the wear and tear that kids create. It gets a sleek and stylish new dashboard design however that is finished with quality soft-touch materials and classy contrast glossy inserts. The infotainment system is typical of Volkswagen and it is easy to use. There is only one USB port in the vehicle though – which is a bit disappointing because other manufacturers offer more – nowadays people are pretty-much charging their phones 24/7!

Safety & Security

The new Touran received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests. It achieved 88% for adult occupancy, 89% for child occupancy and 71% for pedestrian safety. There is an array of safety systems within the vehicle and each of the five seats in rows two and three have ISOFIX anchor points. There are nine airbags throughout the vehicle.

Space & Practicality

As previously mentioned, the Touran is now slightly bigger than before. In European markets it is available as a five-seater or a seven seater. The Irish market will only offer seven seats. The front row offers great space. Row two is on rails so each individual seat can slide back or forward to create more legroom or boot space (to facilitate more space in row three) with potential space is excellent for three adults. Row three is perfect for kids but two adults would fit in there at a squeeze. When the third row seats are down the massive 663 litre boot space is compromised but when both rows two and three are down the space turns into 1,860 litres.

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Key Facts

Make

Volkswagen

Model
Touran
Variant
TOURAN HL 2.0TDI 140HP
Trim
Highline
Car Category
MPV
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
MPV
CBG Expert Rating
5.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
L/100km Combined
4.5
Average km/L
22.2
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
58
Fuel Tank Range
1289 km
Cost of filling a tank
€70.7
Average Cost Per 200 km
€10.97
CO2 emmissions
125 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
150 bhp
Max Power kW
112
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1968
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo / Intercooler (Turbocharging / Intercooler)
Top speed
208 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
9.0 s
L/100km Urban
5.40 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.00 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
MPV
Seats
5
Boot capacity
1980 L
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
Available as optional extra
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
Available as optional extra
Power Steering
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
No
Reversing Camera
Available as optional extra
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
3 Year vehicle warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year vehicle warranty
Car Body
12 Years Anti-Perforation
Paintwork
3 Years on paintwork
Mileage
90000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Electronic parking brake

Dimensions

Boot capacity
1980 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/55 R17; 225/45 R18 mm
Rim size
6.5 J x 17; 7 J x 18 mm
Length
4527 mm
Width
1829 mm
Height
1659 mm
Wheel Base
2791 mm
Front Track (mm)
1659
Rear Track (mm)
1542
Kerb weight
1477 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2180
Turning circle (m)
11.5

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
150 bhp
15 Variants
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MPV
POA
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 1980 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.0 s
  • New Price
MPV
POA
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 1989 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 177 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.0 s
  • New Price
MPV
€30,500
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.3 s
  • New Price €30,500
MPV
€32,275
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.3 s
  • New Price €32,275
MPV
€32,745
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €32,745
MPV
€34,520
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €34,520
MPV
€34,575
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.3 s
  • New Price €34,575
MPV
€34,785
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €34,785
MPV
€36,560
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €36,560
MPV
€36,820
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €36,820
MPV
€36,960
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.3 s
  • New Price €36,960
MPV
€38,860
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €38,860
MPV
€39,000
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.3 s
  • New Price €39,000
MPV
€39,260
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.3 s
  • New Price €39,260
MPV
€41,300
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 137 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.3 s
  • New Price €41,300