There’s so much space!

It may not be small but the Volk­swa­gen Touran is per­fectly formed as dis­cov­ered

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Motors -

The first all-new Touran for what seems like a life­time has adopted the latest, sharp-edged Volk­swa­gen styling and takes on the look of a Golf Plus... er, Plus. The new seven-seater is longer but still only about 4.5 me­tres from nose to tail. New en­gines make it more ef­fi­cient, with well over 60mpg pos­si­ble ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial tests. But ul­ti­mately Volk­swa­gen knows this is about as far from a sexy poster car as it gets, so steers clear of any mis­placed claims of dy­namism. From the front only the roof height would tell you this isn’t a Golf; ev­ery­thing else is so sim­i­lar. It’s a good look­ing thing from the front an­gles and only re­ally falls down at the frumpy rear. That’s MPVs for you. On the other hand it’s a Volk­swa­gen and we Brits like our Volk­swa­gens. It’s go­ing up against some stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the likes of the Ford Grand C-Max but the badge ap­peal here will count for some­thing.

Matt Kim­ber­ley With all seven seats up there’s nom­i­nal boot space, but lower the two in­di­vid­ual perches on row three and van-like pro­por­tions are re­vealed. If you’ve got time to count them there are 47 stor­age ar­eas in the cabin; al­most seven per seat on av­er­age. Blimey. On the plus side the new Touran is no­tice­ably more sta­ble and com­posed, es­pe­cially around corners. The but­tersmooth Dutch test route re­vealed lit­tle about the ride qual­ity but there is a much greater sense of one­ness about the car. Avoid the wheezy and rel­a­tively clat­tery 1.6-litre diesel, which is fine for the low-speed school run but will strug­gle to haul a large fam­ily and their lug­gage along. The 2.0-litre diesel is a vast im­prove­ment and the smooth 1.4-litre tur­bocharged petrol has its mer­its too. More good news comes with the seats and the space around them. Three sub­six-foot adults can just about sit in line down each flank of the car and the front two rows of seats are com­fort­able. While it’s true that you can get a very high-spec Golf for the price of a de­cent Touran, it does have prac­ti­cal­ity. Prices start just un­der the £20,000 mark even for the cheap­est petrol ver­sion, but you get very lit­tle for your money other than the gen­er­ous space. Think north of £27,000 for a top-spec 2.0litre diesel. Grow­ing fam­i­lies look­ing to up­grade from a Golf or even a Golf Plus will find the Touran a nat­u­ral step up.

ONE WORD This car summed up in just a sin­gle word: Price: From £19,940 En­gine: 2.0-litre tur­bod­iesel pro­duc­ing 148bhp and 251lb/ft Trans­mis­sion: Six-speed man­ual driv­ing the front wheels Per­for­mance: Top speed 129mph, 0-62mph in 9.3 sec­onds Econ­omy: 64.2mpg com­bined Emis­sions: 116g/km of CO2

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