The Volkswagen Touran 7 seater car is smaller than most other vehicles in its class, and is the smallest of the people carrier currently on offer from the German manufacturer. Because of this, the back seats are not suitable for adults and the middle seats may prove uncomfortable due to the lack of leg space. The middle and back seats can be flattened though so as to make the maximum efficient use of its boxy design.
Family cars are known for having plenty of space and the Volkswagen Touran 7 seater car is no exception. What it lacks in actual size it makes up for in having a higher roof and boxy design; it has the best of both worlds – compact yet spacious. Reviewers refer to having the space for a buggy and two sets of golf clubs in the back when the middle and back seat rows are down. Minimum space (with all seats up) is 121L, when all seats are down this grows to 1913L making it comparable to most other vehicles in its class.
Volkswagen has taken a rather pragmatic approach in designing their cars. The shape means it is easy to get in and out without worrying about bumped heads, feeling cramped or otherwise uncomfortable on a journey. However, due to the small nature of the vehicle it is difficult to get into the back seats so these should be reserved for small children only.
It is slightly smaller than most other MPV cars: 4397mm in length, 1794mm wide and 1674mm high. Parking assistant and parking sensors come as standard on the “SE” and the “Sport”, but as an optional extra on the cheaper “S” model; this is also true of the parking assistant system and rear view camera. Some of these features come as standard with vehicles from other manufacturers.
These Volkswagen presently come in three variations: The “S”, “SE” and the “Sport” with a choice of petrol or diesel.
The Volkswagen Touran engine size range surprisingly starts at 1.2L and goes up to 2.0L. The 1.2L can achieve up to 51.4mpg (extra urban) but of course, with that small engine size it is not ideal if you are likely to be carrying passengers most of the time. Interestingly, the 2.0L Sport model has a good fuel efficiency rating of 48.7mpg (urban), 64.2mpg (extra urban) and 58.9mpg (combined) making it one of the most efficient in its class.
Depending on the variations, upgrades and fuel type the insurance group will be between 12 and 24 with the S being the lower end of the scale and the Sport at the higher end.
All models in this range of Volkswagen have isofix points on the middle and back rows. ABS, curtain airbags, ESC (electronic stability control) as well as a range of other braking features come as standard. There’s also side-impact airbags for the front seats, something that a lot of models in this range tends to lack. For the whiplash conscious, the two higher models have four-way adjustable headrests. The NCAP testing system changed in 2009, so the Touran was rated on the old points system at 33 (very high) for adult occupants and 19 (medium-high) for passengers.