Sunday 23 October 2016

Eddie Cunningham test drives the new Volkswagon Touran

Published 07/07/2015 | 15:41

The new Volkswagon Touran
The new Volkswagon Touran

It has been, in a low-key sort of way, a firm favourite with families looking for a mid-size people carrier. Now comes a smarter, new Touran from Volkswagen.

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Due here in November, it will cost from €29,500 and they expect as many as 400 people, mostly young families, to buy one next year.

There will just be seven-seat (three rows) versions for Ireland.

So what’s new? For a start this has much better room now as it benefits from a 13cm longer body and a wheelbase that’s up 11cm.

At the same time they have managed to scale 62kg off the weight.

There is a new folding-seat system that lets you open up a lot of flat floor for bulky items.

But, on the basis that families need plenty of places to put things, there are no fewer than 47 storage areas around the cabin.

And I think the cabin is the one area that has more than anything else. The old one was criticised, rightly, for being quite dull. They’ve attempted to address that with far better quality materials and levels of finish.

I’ve just been driving the 1.6-litre diesel version which will be the big seller in Ireland. The one thing that stands out is the fact there are five Isofix seats (in the seven-seater) – and that is going to be a big selling point.

The Touran is built on a new MQB platform, called A2 which will underpin future family VWs.

There’s a high level of standard spec and lots of additional bits and pieces.

But the element most people will focus on is the fact it has five Isofix seats.

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