Now riding on Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) architecture, the Touran has grown in length by 130 mm to 4,527 mm, granting an additional wheelbase of 113 mm, now 2,791 mm. The MPV is also wider by 41 mm at 1,814 mm but just a smidge shorter by 6 mm at 1,628 mm. Even with the additional size, the all-new Touran is 62 kg lighter than the previous model.
The main draw of an MPV is its interior size and the Touran’s can be configured in a variety of ways through the fold-flat seating system. With the vehicle loaded to roof height up to the second seat row, luggage space stands at 1,040 litres (up by 48 litres). This extends up to 1,980 litres with all seats folded flat. Also scattered around the MPV’s interior are 47 storage compartments.
The cabin itself is distinctively Volkswagen with the main changes being the electronic parking brake and infotainment system which can be chosen from five units, featuring AppConnect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and MirrorLink.
Safety systems include Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard, available with adaptive cruise control system and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Traffic Jam Assist, Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert and Trailer Assist. Rear seats also feature ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Other features in the Touran include an electric tailgate open/close mechanism, activated by a movement of the foot, driving profile selection and LED headlights. For the comfort of passengers, an optional Pure Air three-zone automatic air conditioning system that filters allergens is available.
As for engine options, three petrol (110 PS, 1.2 TSI; 150 PS, 1.4 TSI; 180 PS, 1.8 TSI) and three diesel (110 PS, 1.6 TDI; 150 PS, 2.0 TDI; 190 PS, 2.0 TDI) mills are available with transmission options ranging from a six-speed manual, six-speed DSG, and seven-speed DSG. Stop/start and battery regeneration (brake energy recuperation) systems come as standard on all models.