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Volkswagen Touran

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Volkswagen Touran

(2015 - present)

    Summary


    Based on the previous-generation Volkswagen Golf, the Touran is a seven-seat multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). This model is the third-generation Touran, which has been on sale since 2015.

    Not much has changed for the Volkswagen Touran during its lifespan – there has been no mid-life facelift for the MPV like other models in the Volkswagen range usually receive, only the introduction of a range-topping Touran R-Line trim in early 2016.

    Rivals for the Touran have gradually disappeared over time, with the likes of the Ford C-Max and Citroën C3 Picasso no longer on sale. The Touran looks set to go the same way in the not-too-distant future, with no direct replacement model on the horizon as Volkswagen switches its focus onto an entirely new range of electric cars.

    The Touran has received plenty of praise from the UK media during its tenure, mostly from What Car?, which has given it numerous awards over the years. “The Volkswagen Touran is roomy, practical, very well built and good to drive”, What Car? concludes, while Heycar adds that this compact MPV has “all the space most families could possibly wish for”, while offering more value for money than an SUV or larger seven-seat MPVs like the Ford Galaxy.

    That said, many reviewers find the Volkswagen Touran works best as a spacious five-seater. With all seven seats in use, the 137-litre boot space is “barely enough space for a weekly shop”, Carwow explains.

    The biggest criticism levelled at the Touran concerns its rather bland exterior styling – Top Gear asserts that the Touran has a “forgettable, taxi-driver image”.

    Nevertheless, the Touran is one of the most versatile people carriers around, offering fuss-free family motoring in an affordable package that Which? concludes is “close to MPV heaven.”

    As of June 2022, the Volkswagen Touran holds an Expert Rating of 78% based on 17 reviews, which makes it the highest-scoring MPV listed in our unique Expert Rating Index.

    Touran highlights

    • Spacious interior
    • Easy driving experience
    • Impressive build quality
    • Good choice of engines

    Touran lowlights

    • Third row of seats is not very practical
    • Minimal boot space when in seven-seater mode
    • Other MPVs are cheaper
    • No hybrid or electric models

    Key specifications


    Body style: Compact MPV
    Engines: petrol
    Price: From £32,735 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2015
    Last updated: Spring 2016
    Replacement due: N/A


    Media reviews


    Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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    Motoring Research

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    Motors.co.uk

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    The Sunday Times

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    Top Gear

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    What Car?

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    Which?

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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    No safety rating

    The Volkswagen Touran was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2015 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2021 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of June 2022, the Volkswagen Touran has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    The Volkswagen Touran has a poor reliability score of just 33% as of June 2022, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partner MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation Tiguan and the previous (pre-2015) models.

    The most common problems in the Touran are electrical issues, which make up more than a third of all workshop repairs. Of greater concern, however, are gearbox problems, which make up more than a quarter of all warranty claims and have an average repair cost of more than £2,600. Engine repairs are also common enough to be a concern, with an average repair cost of more than £800.

    Given the poor reliability score and potentially expensive bills, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase for a Volkswagen Touran covers all of these potential problem areas.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Touran has received

    2022

    • What Car? Awards Best MPV

    2021

    • What Car? Awards – Best MPV
    • What Car? Used Car Awards – Best Used MPV

    2020

    • What Car? AwardsBest MPV £22k to £30k

    2019

    • What Car? AwardsBest MPV £22k to £30k

    2018

    • What Car? AwardsBest MPV

    2017

    • What Car? Awards Best MPV

    2016

    • What Car? AwardsBest MPV

    2015

    • Business Car Awards – Best Mini-MPV
    • What Car? AwardsBest MPV

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