Friday 24 February 2017

Seats galore as VW introduces double act

VOLKSWAGEN brought off a double act this week by officially introducing their latest mid-size and large-size people carriers the Touran and Sharan. It also had the new Passat on show, but more about that another time.

The revised seven-seater Touran gets three power outputs from two diesel engines (1.6 TDI 90bhp, 1.6 TDI 105bhp and two-litre TDI 140bhp). The BlueMotion technology lets VW boast it tops the seven-seater MPV league with fuel consumption of 4.6 l/100km and 121g/km.

Helping the drivers are items such as ParkAssist. This allows you to park not just in parallel spaces but also end-on slots. Just one button does the trick.

The third row of seats can be folded flat into the floor as can the centre row. Plenty of room for passengers and luggage.

The new Sharan now gets twin sliding doors -- a big help for families. With seven seats (three rows: 2-3-2) and two diesels, you can have either six-speed manual or DSG gearboxes.

It is longer than before but it weighs less.

The sliding doors are a boon and, if you want, you can order electric motors to operate them automatically. The same goes for the tailgate. The middle row comprises three individual seats you can move back and forth and pivot forward by 20 degrees.

Because of that the third row is easier to get to. Second and third rows can also fold flat.

Helpful items include the electronic handbrake and parking manoeuvre 'assistant'.

There's an electric panoramic sliding roof, a three-zone climate control system, seven airbags, Light Assist automatic main beam control and bi-xenon head- lights.

Irish Independent

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