Price right for new Touran

9 Aug, 2010 5:14pm Richard Yarrow

VW releases details on compact MPV. Wide range of engines and specs, from £17,585

Seven-seater practicality in a high-quality VW package has never looked so good – after the firm revealed details and prices for its new Touran MPV.

Order books for the car are now open, ahead of the first UK deliveries on 22 September – and the range starts at £17,585.

The Touran takes cues from the latest Polo, Golf and Sharan, softening the original’s boxy lines. The familiar twin-horizontal bar grille dominates the front end.

Kicking off the range is the 104bhp 1.2-litre TSI petrol in S trim. It promises 44.1mpg and 149g/km CO2 emissions. The same engine forms the basis of
a BlueMotion model, complete with stop/start tech. It returns 47.9mpg, puts out 139g/km and is priced at £18,220. Buyers also get the option of a 1.4 TSI with 138bhp. The cheapest diesel will be the 89bhp 1.6-litre TDI – priced £18,585 when it arrives in November. The flagship oil-burner is the 168bhp 2.0 TDI with the DSG twin-clutch box, which is £25,535 in Sport trim. Each of the three trim levels – S, SE and Sport – can be specified with BlueMotion eco tweaks, too.

Inside, the instruments are improved, while there’s smarter detailing and a new three-spoke steering wheel. The layout is as versatile as ever, though, with a third row of seats lifting up out of the boot floor to give space for up to seven people. A five-seater is also available. All cars feature air-con, alloys, roof rails, a CD stereo, ABS, stability control and six airbags as standard.

VW’s Park Assist system debuted on the original Touran, so it’s fitting that the latest version takes a bow on the MkII. As well as helping with parallel parking– drivers only control the throttle – the set-up now takes over the steering when the car is being parked at 90 degrees to the kerb.

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