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Volkswagen unveils new Touran MPV

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People carriers are a popular option for families, as they offer lots of interior space within a small package. The latest Touran may be 13cm bigger than the model it replaces, but nearly all of this extra size has gone between the wheels, to maximise the amount of space in the cabin for the car’s footprint.

Available in five and seven-seat incarnations, the Touran boasts plenty of family-friendly features – especially in seven-seat form – such as two rows of folding seats, the ability to fit five child car seats on the rear two rows of chairs and a middle row of seats that can be slid back and forth, to make sure that all occupants have enough room. 

Volkswagen also hasn’t neglected boot space, with the Touran offering the largest boot in its class when the front two rows of seats are in place. Parents can also keep their children occupied by getting them to find all 47 of the cubby holes hidden around the cabin. Touran buyers will be able to choose from Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trims. Even the most basic models include air conditioning, a touchscreen media system and ISOFIX child seat mounts for the two rear rows of seats. Comfortline adds 16-inch alloy wheels and aeroplane-style tables on the back of the front seats, while Highline includes three-zone air conditioning and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The new model will be available with six engines – three petrol and three diesel units. Petrol versions consist of turbocharged 1.2-litre, 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre models with 109bhp to 178bhp while the diesels are made up of a 109bhp 1.6-litre unit and 2.0-litre versions with 148bhp and 187bhp. 

The most economical motor is the 1.6-litre diesel, which is capable of claimed fuel economy of 68.9bhp, when mated to Volkswagen’s ‘DSG’ automatic gearbox. The 1.4-litre engine is the most efficient petrol, with the automatic version returning 52.3mpg. The two most powerful engines come only with automatic gearboxes, while the entry-level petrol is manual only.

The new Touran goes on sale in Europe in September with cars likely to arrive in the UK in November onwards.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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