Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen touran Motability car frontThe new Volkswagen Touran (2016) is a seven seat car sharing a chassis with the VW Golf it sits between the Golf SV and the larger Sharan.  This new version is slightly more sleek though has the familiar box shape of the outgoing model. The Touran has three individual seats in the second row, that can house three car seats, and two good size seats in the third row and even with all seats in position it has room in the boot for a pushchair, not something all cars trading as seven seaters can offer.

 

Volkswagen touran Motability car rear seatsThe Touran comes in four trim levels: S, SE, SE Family and SEL. All models get a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, audio streaming via Bluetooth, a second row of seats that can be slid back and forth, a plethora of storage spaces and air-conditioning. If you upgrade to SE trim, you get 16″ alloy wheels and folding tables on the back of the front seats, while SE Family gets sat nav and adaptive cruise control, which can hold a set distance to the car in front. Top-of-the-range SEL gets three-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and 17″ Alloy wheels.

 

Volkswagen touran Motability car rearThe pick of the engines is the 1.6 litre diesel, available as a six speed manual or seven speed automatic (DSG), while it only offers 115 bhp the smoothness and even delivery of the available power makes this engine surprising capable even fully loaded, 0-62 in 11.9 seconds and top speed is 116 miles per hour. This engine is all about economy and it can return 64.2 miles per gallon 65.7 miles per gallon as a DSG automatic. A 1.2 litre petrol also with 110 bhp is an option for those that do not want a diesel engine or opt for a more cost effective Touran that can hit 62 in 11.3 seconds and return 52.3 mpg is only available as a six speed manual. If you tow a caravan (1800kg braked tow limit) the 150bhp 2.0 diesel is the engine for you, 0-62 in 9.9 seconds and a claimed economy of 64.2 mpg as a six speed manual or 60.1 mpg as a six speed DSG Automatic.

 

Volkswagen Touran Motability Car - 1The Touran is a pleasant surprise, well equipped and the cheapest seven seater to run by a country mile, it also has an amazing knack of looking much smaller than it actually is, worth a closer look to all that are after a well built economical people carrier. The Touran has been awarded “Best MPV 2016″ at the annual What Car Awards. The judges said: “This new Volkswagen Touran is great to drive, classy-feeling inside and has better safety credentials than most of its rivals.”

The 1.6 diesel is not presently avaialble.

 Spring Best Buy – Volkswagen Touran 1.2 Petrol 110bhp S Manual  –  £749 Advance Payment (£64.80 wpms) or £949 (£105 wpms) in SE or £1149 (£64.80 +£133 wpms) in SE Family trim

 Spring Best Buy – Volkswagen Touran 2.0 Diesel 150bhp SE Manual  –  £1349 Advance Payment (£305 wpms)

 Spring Best Buy – Volkswagen Touran 2.0 Diesel 150bhp SE Automatic   –  £1599 Advance Payment (£551 wpms)

 Spring Best Buy – Volkswagen Touran 1.4 148bhp Petrol SEL Automatic   –  £1599 Advance Payment (£551 wpms)