Touran S BlueMotion Technology 1.6 TDI
Touran is a seven-
seater, mid-sized MPV aimed at the
family user although many serve as
week-day business transport then
at weekends and holidays double-up
as the family minibus...
THE NEW TOURAN gets to the UK market before its main rival, the new Ford C-Max.
Like the latest VW Sharan large MPV, it draws on the design language seen on
the Golf and Polo with a mix of clean lines and a lower, wider appearance. More
of a model refresh rather than an out-and-out new model.
Externally, the changes extend to the front wings, bonnet and front bumper which
are joined by new door mirrors, rear lights and a restyled tailgate and bumper.
Inside the latest Touran the entertainment and climate functions have all been
revised and there's a new three-spoke steering wheel sitting ahead of restyled
dials. Fresh trim finishes are also available.
As with the outgoing car, the new Touran's focus is on versatility it
has the ability to carry seven adults and for load-lugging the third row of
seats fold flat into the floor. In addition, air conditioning, alloy wheels,
roof rails, a CD stereo system, ABS, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP)
and six airbags are all fitted as standard. For the record, a five-seat option
can be specified.
The second generation of the impressive Park Assist (priced at £580) is also
available. Not only does this upgraded parking system require less space to
perform parallel parking manoeuvres, it also allows the Touran to be parked
in spaces at 90 degrees to the kerb.
for the first time to the Touran is the advanced new 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine.
Despite a modest displacement of 1,197cc, the turbocharged unit develops 103bhp
and 129lbs ft of torque while returning a useful 44.1mpg on the combined cycle
and emitting 149g/km of CO2 which incurs just £125 road tax.
For stretched family
budgets the best is the
103bhp 1.6 turbodiesel
model priced at £19,415
it returned an
58.7mpg on test...
In BlueMotion Technology specification (complete with Stop/Start and battery
regeneration systems), the 1.2-litre TSI engine is capable of returning 47.9mpg
while emitting an estimated 139g/km of CO2, bringing the annual road tax down
to £110. As they say: every little helps.
A further petrol and four diesel engines are also available, ranging in power
from 88 to 167bhp. Three trim levels S, SE and Sport are available
with BlueMotion Technology variants being offered with each.
The best, I think, because of stretched family budgets is the 1.6 TDI 103bhp
turbodiesel version in S specification priced at £19,415 as tested here.
With an official fuel consumption in the Combined Cycle of 61.4mpg (and an impressive
real-world 58.7mpg on test) and with CO2 emissions of 121g/km, VED road tax
is £0 in the first year and then £90 per annum. As many will be used as company
cars, the Benefit-in-Kind tax rate is 18 per cent and the insurance rating is
14E these relatively low running costs will certainly help the family
Being the lowest S specification really is no hardship if we are
being practical because electronic stability control, seven seats, a full range
of air bags, remote central locking, electrically-operated windows and door
mirrors, Stop/Start function, on-board computer, air conditioning, cruise control,
stereo sound system and even alloy wheels are all standard and represent a desirable
package that won't break the bank. Admittedly the grey plastic dashboard looks
a bit drab but it will be durable and, of course, easy to keep clean
practical given that children are likely to be the main passengers.
The 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine defies its size; it feels strong and responsive,
very flexible in traffic and good for acceleration on the open road thanks to
the 103bhp of power and healthy 185lb ft of torque from just 1,500rpm. It is
another of these new modern 'downsized' engines at its very best. Top speed
is 116mph and zero to 62mph takes 12.8 seconds no ball of fire but certainly
good enough and fit for purpose.
It's also easy to drive, handles well, is easy to park and it looks good plus
it is economical. Not much else we could expect, really, for a family car with
seven seats and it looks like a Golf!
So, reasons to buy include good exterior Golf-style looks, flexible and easy
to use seating, strong and fuel-efficient engine, solid performance and safe
handling. Reasons to shop elsewhere? Nary a one! David Miles
Volkswagen Touran S BlueMotion Technology 1.6 TDI | £19,415
Maximum speed: 116mph | 0-62mph: 12.8 seconds | Overall test MPG: 58.7mpg
Power: 103bhp | Torque: 185lb ft | CO2 121g/km