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  • Launched in 2015
  • MPV
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2015
  • Body type
    MPV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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Sensible but staid people carrier

Best bits

  • Easy to drive around town
  • Loads of useful storage
  • Solid interior

Not so great

  • Boot is small with all seven seats in use
  • Only high-spec models get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • It’s not going to impress the neighbours

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Overall verdict

"You can’t knock the Volkswagen Touran. It drives like a Golf but offers all the space most families could possibly wish for. It’s better value for money than an SUV while its interior outshines most rivals this side of a BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer."

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While so many family buyers see an SUV like the Skoda Kodiaq or Peugeot 5008 as a default option these days, there’s still a lot to be said for the conventional people carrier.


The Volkswagen Touran sits below the Volkswagen Sharan in the firm’s range, with rivals including the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer, BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer and Ford S-MAX. All models come with seven seats, while three individual seats in the middle row make it an ultra-usable car for larger families.


Sure, there’s not much boot space with the rearmost seats in use but they drop down easily, though, leaving ample space for carrying buggies or a weekly shop. The Touran goes much further than simply having a big boot, too - there are loads of useful cubbies and storage compartments, while even the tallest of adults will appreciate the head and legroom on offer.


For a car as practical as the Touran, it’s surprisingly easy and Golf-like to drive. Visibility is very good and all models come with front and rear parking sensors. The steering is light around town while its turning circle is usefully small. Tackling city streets or multi-storey car parks is a piece of cake.


Out of town, the Touran is equally impressive. We’d recommend one of the diesel engines if you cover a lot of motorway journeys (especially fully-laden), but the 1.4.- and 1.5-litre petrols will be more than adequate 99% of the time.


On a twisty road, the Touran remains very composed, with very little lean in the corners. It might not be quite as entertaining as the Ford S-MAX but, ultimately, it feels very safe to drive. It also rides very well, meaning potholes won’t trigger complaints from your passengers, while engine and road noise is minimal.


In terms of what you get for your money, the Touran stacks up pretty well. As well as the aforementioned parking sensors, the Touran SE comes with manual air conditioning, an electronic parking brake and DAB radio. The SE Family, as its name suggests, comes loaded with kit to make family life easier, including window blinds and child locks, while navigation will help you reach your destination.


The SEL looks a bit more premium with 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome exterior highlights, while the interior gets ambient lighting, climate control and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Topping the range is the sporty R-Line, which adds bespoke exterior styling, 18-inch alloy wheels and sporty-looking seats displaying the R-Line logo.


Prices start from around £28,500 which means it’s more affordable than seven-seat SUVs like the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, as well as premium people carriers like the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. It offers even better value for money on the used market, where just £14,000 will buy you a well-equipped three-year-old example.

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1.6 TDI 115 SE 5dr

  • 2018
  • 32,518 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Cox Motor Group Volkswagen Lancaster
  • Lancashire, LA33FB
Price:£18,765
PCP: £329.83/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £329.83, Customer Deposit: £2,814.00, Total Deposit: £2,814.75, Optional Final Payment: £7,435.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,028.80, Total Amount Payable: £21,793.80, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.84%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8.38ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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1.5 TSI EVO SEL 5dr DSG

  • 2019
  • 12,911 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Hayselden Volkswagen Doncaster
  • Yorkshire, DN58AN
Price:£26,285
PCP: £469.70/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £469.70, Customer Deposit: £3,942.00, Total Deposit: £3,942.75, Optional Final Payment: £9,723.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,289.95, Total Amount Payable: £30,574.95, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.56%, Excess Mileage Charge: 15ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Volkswagen Touran right for you?

The Volkswagen Touran is ultra-practical family transport that’s genuinely capable of carrying seven people (provided you don’t need much of a boot). It’s at its best with five seats in use, with three individual seats in the back and lots of useful stowage areas in the front. It’s more practical than most seven-seat SUVs, while its relatively compact dimensions make it easy to park.


It drives just like a Golf - with good visibility and responsive steering, although enthusiastic drivers will find the Ford S-MAX and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer a little more fun to drive. It’s less bus-like than a Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer, though.

What’s the best Volkswagen Touran model/engine to choose?

Although diesels are out of fashion, we reckon the 2.0-litre TDI is the best engine in the Touran. If you only cover low miles, though, or spend most of your time driving around town, both the 1.4- and 1.5-litre TSI petrol are absolutely fine, providing you don’t want sparkling performance.


All models are well-equipped. We wouldn’t necessarily bother with the top-spec R-Line model - it’s quite expensive and some of its features (like the big 18-inch alloy wheels) aren’t really necessary in a sensible people carrier like this. The sensible money goes on SE Family or SEL models, although the basic Touran SE does the job if you’re on a budget.

What other cars are similar to the Volkswagen Touran?

The Touran’s direct rivals are cars like the Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer, Renault Grand Scenic and Ford S-MAX. You could also look at bigger people carriers like the SEAT Alhambra and Ford Galaxy, as well as seven-seat SUVs like the Skoda Kodiaq and Hyundai Santa Fe.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Volkswagen Touran a good car?

Yes. It's not an exciting choice but the Volkswagen Touran is a really good people carrier. It has loads of space, is comfortable and good to drive. It's also cheap to run.

Andy Brady

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Does the Volkswagen Touran have seven seats?

Yes, all Volkswagen Touran models come with seven seats as standard. The second and third rows can be dropped flat if you need to prioritise boot space.

Russell Campbell

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Is the Volkswagen Touran an SUV?

No, the Volkswagen Touran is a people carrier rather than an SUV. If you'd prefer a seven-seat SUV, look at the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace instead.

Dan Powell

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