Touran is Volkswagen’s compact MPV which had featured no less than couple of facelifts during its 12-year long first generation. 2016 Volkswagen Touran is finally a next-gen vehicle built on MQB platform that’s used as a base for the new Golf and Audi A3 alike. Car-like MPV is only built for overseas markets as U.S. MPV’s warrant a mandatory SUV-like look.
The Engine range
Powertrain options are offered in abundance which is another characteristic of the European markets. There are no less than six available power outputs: three diesel and three petrol ones. Oil burners range from 1.6L up to 2.0L in displacement and offer three outputs of 109 hp, 149 hp and 188 hp. Gasoline engines, on the other hand, range from 109 horses to 177 horsepower, with quite a few pound feet of torque less.
Front wheel drive remains the only choice, but transmission options include both the 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Moreover, both transmission options are available across the board.
Design – Inside and Outside look
Design-wise, 2016 Volkswagen Touran’s frontal fascia resembles that of other Wolfsburg-based manufacturers’ small cars. It features straight stripes with correspondingly upright lower air intake and angular headlamps. However, hood is slightly tilted upwards and whole Touran is somewhat higher than Volkswagen’s sedans and hatchbacks. Midsection features a long crease at door handle’s point which stretches towards the tailgate, but sliding door mechanism isn’t present here.
Finally, rear end offers a large tailgate, extremely capable of cargo loading. Furthermore, tailgate features quite a wide and high rear window and not as thick roof pillars for a great rear visibility.
|Length||4.527 MM (178.22 Inches)|
|Wheelbase||2.791 MM (109.88 Inches)|
|Width||1.814 MM (71.41 Inches)|
|Height||1.628 MM (64.09 Inches)|
Interior is nicely designed for an affordable, but quality nameplate. Plenty of plastic surfaces might limit the visual appeal somewhat, but then again, Volkswagen is not a luxury badge. Most models will be offered with cloth seating surfaces, but top grades will offer leather. Dashboard is contemporary and offers a large touch screen display in its mid-point. Navigation, HD radio and audio system features can be accessed through it.
German manufacturer states that 2016 Volkswagen Touran fields no less than 47 different storage compartments scattered around its spacious cabin. Rest of the available convenience and tech features are more or less on par with Touran’s class.
Safety ratings will probably be solid enough, and 2016 Volkswagen Touran should offer an airbag system, stability control, braking assist, electronic brake-force distribution and anti-lock brakes. However, advanced safety gear probably won’t be that advanced. Rearview camera and adaptive cruise control are only confirmed systems for now, but we can expect a few more optional systems down the line.
2016 Volkswagen Touran Price & MPG
Fuel economy is poised to go up by 19 percent in new Tourans. Of course, not all engines will be as efficient as that, and our guess is that it goes for the new diesel models – especially smaller ones. Official numbers state that Touran will be able to achieve 67 mpg combined in NEDC cycle rating system with 1.6L diesel and DSG gearbox. These are certainly impressive figures.
Prices will remain in similar region as it used to be the case with outgoing models. Even though 2016 Volkswagen Touran is much more contemporary minivan than its predecessor, it should still be available for between £20,000 and £30,000 in the U.K.
2016 Volkswagen Touran is a perfect fit for small families that require plenty of space for their earthly possessions. It is efficient and capable tech-wise, and its styling doesn’t lack anything really. Plethora of available engines is always a plus, but Germans have outdone themselves here. Ultimately, Touran is meant to be your road-oriented MPV with plenty of features that both help you, and your passengers on your journey.
The biggest competitors are Skoda Roomster and Ford S-Max.