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Volkswagen Touran

The Touran is deemed to be one of the most unattractive vehicles in VW’s lineup. This compact van has outlived major changes for the 2016. Yet, its key advantages are still invisible to the eye. This year the model has to contend for the championship with Renault Grand Scenic, Ford Grand C-Max, Toyota Verso & Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. Does the car have any chances in this competition? Volkswagen Touran review knows the answer.

Dimensions & Exterior Design

For the 2016, VW has introduced the 3rd generation of Touran, built on MQB platform. The vehicle slenderized by 62 kg but gained in overall dimensions: base weight – 1453 kg, length – 4530 mm (+120 mm), height – 1640 mm, width – 1795 mm, wheelbase – 2780 mm, clearance – 200 mm.

The hood makes itself conspicuous by perfected headlamps, analogous to those of VW Passat B8, an updated chrome-plated grille, LED clusters, a voluminous bumper with a large air inlet, modified fog lights as well as a prone windshield. Both side wings & roof became more relief, whereas the tail boasts new lights and a spoiler on the tailgate. The chassis houses presswork that adds aggressiveness to the styling.

The rearview mirrors come with integrated turn lights. Moreover, depending on the trim, the van is equipped with 16-inch Trondheim, 17-inch Stockholm, 17-inch Vallelunga or 18-inch Marseille alloy wheels. Optional R Line package adds sports bumpers, guards on the door sills and an exclusive plank on the front wings.

Space & Interior Comfort

The 2016 VW Touran is available either in 5-seater or 7-seater configurations. The 5-seater compact van offers 1040 liters of boot space; if necessary, it’s possible to fold the backseats to gain 1980 liters of luggage room. There is just 137 liters of space with all 7 seats in place; when the third row of seats is folded down, the trunk is enlarged to 927 liters, while folding down the second sow might provide for 1857 liters of space.

It should be noted that each seat in the cabin is managed individually. Thus, the passengers are free to configure the boot room at their sole discretion. When folding or moving forward the front passenger’s seat, it’s feasible to get 2.7 meters of baggage room.

Interior trimming does not rouse censure. The cabin is rich in multiple storage options, including the glove-box, drawers under the front seats, seating compartments, and door pockets. The dashboard, along with a steering wheel & gauges, resembles that of Golf 7 design.

Infotainment

To continue with Volkswagen Touran review, the model brags about the implementation of modern technology facilities. The base S trim comes with a standard list of options, whereas higher modifications offer additional boons. Among them are: a Cosmopolitan Media multimedia system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and 8 speakers (audio supports WMA, MP3 & AAC standards), DAB, SD card reader, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, Multi Device Interface, Discover Navigation, and Car-Net App-Connect (combines Google Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink).

Petrol & Diesel Engines

New VW Touran is shipped with 2 petrol & 3 diesel turbocharged powertrains. The lineup of gasoline units consists of a 1.2-liter TSI that delivers 108 bhp at 5600 RPM & 185 nm of torque at 4000 RPM. It is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 1.4-liter TSI engine (SEL trim) offers 148 bhp at 6000 RPM & 250 nm of torque at 3500 RPM; this solution comes paired either with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG transmission.

The range of diesel powertrains covers:

- a 1.6-liter TDI that produces 108 bhp at 4000 RPM & 250 nm of torque at 3000 RPM, paired with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox;

- a 2.0-liter TDI, rated at 148 bhp at 4000 RPM & 340 nm of torque at 3000 RPM, bundled with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG gearbox;

- a 2.0-liter TDI, rated at 187 bhp at 4000 RPM & 400 nm of torque at 3300 RPM, mated with a 6-speed DSG transmission.

The 3rd-gen Touran is furnished with DCC control system that provides access to 5 driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Individual, Eco, and Sport. Besides, all compact vans employ a front-wheel drive system.

Modifications

The 2016 VW Touran is shipped in three trims: S, SE & SEL. The base model boasts 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, XDS differential lock (electronic) tire pressure monitoring, a 6.5-inch display, and some driver assist facilities. The Touran SE/SEL adds a trip computer with an integrated 3.5-inch display, automatic wipers & lights, all-round parking sensors, fold-down tablets for the rear occupants, Discover Navigation, driver memory settings, adaptive cruise control, three-zone climate control, power door mirrors & some other features.

Standard safety facilities include 9 airbags, pre-crash protection, automatic post-collision braking. Higher van versions add emergency braking, trailer assist, traffic alerts, and Isofix mounts for all 5 rear seats.

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