Geneva debut for larger and more efficient VW Touran MPV

Next Volkswagen Touran will be up to 19 per cent more economical, sharing its platform with Golf and SEAT Leon

The updated Volkswagen Touran has been shown at the Geneva Motor Show 2015, following its reveal last week. The mid-size MPV will use the VW Golf’s MQB platform for the first time, and is said to be up to 19 per cent more economical than the outgoing car.

Having sold more than 1.9 million units worldwide since going on sale in 2003, the Touran is an extremely important car for VW. Transferring the popular MPV to Volkswagen’s highly versatile MQB platform has allowed designers to make the car 130mm longer and even more spacious inside. The new car manages 48 litres more boot space, yet is 62kg lighter overall.

Visual changes are slight, with Volkswagen favouring evolution rather than revolution. VW head designer, Klaus Bischoff, said: “We refined the design concept, reinventing it in places to give it a sharper look while retaining a strong underlying continuity. What emerges is an original with a much enhanced light and sporty look thanks to the long side windows and precise lines.”

At the front, the new Touran gets a bold three-bar grille and sleeker redesigned headlamps. Top-spec cars will ditch the old models xenons in favour of all-new LED units for a smoother design and better night time visibility. The refreshed Touran also boasts restyled foglamps and a sharper front bumper, while down the side an aggressive slice breaks up the boxy dimensions. At the rear it gets Golf-inspired LED tail lights and further creases that give this MPV a sportier and more dynamic stance.

Inside, it lifts its motion-sensitive touchscreen straight from the new Golf and Passat, with flashes of leather and high-quality plastics dotted around the cabin. The new Touran will use a modular infotainment system with screen sizes ranging from five to eight inches, with the range-topping systems available with an optional Dynaudio sound system. VW will also offer Mirrorlink capability with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time.

Three equipment levels will be available from launch, ranging from the basic S, through SE to the range-topping SE-L. All cars get air-con, chrome trim and ISOFIX child seat mounts, while mid-range SE cars add emergency city braking, an upgraded infotainment system and 16-inch alloys. Flagship SE-L cars get bigger wheels, three-zone climate control and interior ambient lighting.

Volkswagen could also launch a new R Line trim – already seen on the Polo, Golf and Passat. This would add sportier details including new bumpers and subtle R badging, plus R Line seat covers.

Safety is another priority, with the new Touran said to be 25 per cent stiffer than before. It’s available with up to nine airbags, as well as various kit such as automatic post-collision braking, adaptive cruise control and driver fatigue alert. Side and rear traffic assist for help when manoeuvring, as well as park assist and pre-crash proactive occupant protection are also on the options list – or standard on higher spec cars.

UK buyers will get a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines. These comprise 108bhp 1.2 and 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrols, as well as a 108bhp 1.6 TDI diesel. There will also be a pair of 2.0-litre TDIs – in 148bhp and 187bhp guises. All cars will come with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, apart from the top-spec 187bhp diesel, which gets DSG as standard.

The most economical Touran will be the 1.6 TDI DSG, capable of returning 68.9mpg, while the most frugal petrol – the 1.4 TSI – will do 52.3mpg. All models feature stop-start and brake energy recuperation technology as standard.

Of course, practicality remains a Touran strong point, with a newly developed fold-flat seating system featuring in the MPV for the first time. VW says the second row of seats is now much lighter and can now be folded to merge flat with the floor.

This means even with five people on board the new Touran offers an impressive 1,040 litres of luggage space with the middle row in place. VW also claims a total of 47 different storage compartments distributed around the interior, cementing its place as an extremely functional MPV.

It’ll arrive in the UK in November. Prices haven’t been announced yet, but due to the cost-cutting MQB platform, VW bosses don't expect the new car to cost any more than the outgoing model, which currently starts from £19,790. We expect a top-spec SE-L 2.0-litre TDI to set you back around £29,000.

Now read about all the cars at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Recommended

Geneva Motor Show rescheduled for 2022
Geneva
Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show rescheduled for 2022

The GIMS organisers have announced the event will return next year, after this year’s show was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic
28 May 2021
New 2020 McLaren 765LT: price and specs confirmed
McLaren 765LT

New 2020 McLaren 765LT: price and specs confirmed

McLaren 765LT is the latest Super Series flagship has an output of 755bhp and a starting price of £280,000 – but every example has already been sold
24 Sep 2020
New 2020 Hyundai i30 facelift: UK prices and specifications revealed
Hyundai i30

New 2020 Hyundai i30 facelift: UK prices and specifications revealed

The Hyundai i30 lineup receives revised styling, improved infotainment and mild hybrid powertrain options
24 Sep 2020

Most Popular

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox
Dacia Duster gear lever
News

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox

With more drivers learning in autos and electric cars, the DVSA is looking to update the driving test so people can still drive manuals in future
16 Jun 2021
New Volkswagen ID.4 GTX 2021 review
Volkswagen ID.4 GTX
Volkswagen ID.4 SUV

New Volkswagen ID.4 GTX 2021 review

VW ID.4 EV gets another electric motor and four-wheel drive in hot GTX form
21 Jun 2021
New Mercedes C-Class 2021 review
Mercedes C-Class - front
Mercedes C-Class

New Mercedes C-Class 2021 review

The new Mercedes C-Class compact exec gets S-Class-inspired tech and new suspension to challenge the BMW 3 Series
21 Jun 2021
New Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 review
Volkswagen Caddy California MPV - front
Volkswagen Caddy

New Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 review

It’s a family hauler and weekend camper all rolled into one, but is the Volkswagen Caddy California any good?
21 Jun 2021
New 2021 Peugeot 308 SW estate arrives with more space
Peugeot 308 SW - front
News

New 2021 Peugeot 308 SW estate arrives with more space

The Peugeot 308 SW joins the hatchback in the range and arrives with two plug-in hybrid options
22 Jun 2021
New Dacia Duster facelift launched with fresh styling and more tech
Dacia Duster facelift - front
Dacia Duster

New Dacia Duster facelift launched with fresh styling and more tech

The budget-conscious Dacia Duster has been updated for 2021 with some subtle design tweaks and a new eight-inch infotainment screen
22 Jun 2021
‘The 2030 combustion engine ban is just around the corner – and we’re running out of time’
opinion: charging
Opinion

‘The 2030 combustion engine ban is just around the corner – and we’re running out of time’

Andy Palmer sees electric car uptake revving-up in the UK but says targeted investment is needed to prevent a stall…
22 Jun 2021
UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars
Electric car charging
News

UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars

Analysis reveals lithium refining takes 65 per cent of Chilean region’s water, while 40,000 child miners dig for cobalt in DRC
14 Jun 2021
Fiat 500 vs MINI Electric vs Honda e
Fiat 500 vs Honda e vs MINI Electric
Car group tests

Fiat 500 vs MINI Electric vs Honda e

The new Fiat 500, MINI Electric and Honda e are three retro-inspired electric superminis - but which is best?
19 Jun 2021
New Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 review
Audi Q4 e-tron 2021  front
Audi Q4 e-tron

New Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 review

We get involved with the new all-electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV on UK roads for the first time
17 Jun 2021
New Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 review
Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Sportline - front
Skoda Enyaq

New Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 review

The new Skoda Enyaq iV is the Czech firm’s first bespoke electric car and we've tested the full range on UK roads
10 Jun 2021
New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review
Nissan Qashqai 2021
Nissan Qashqai

New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review

We get behind the wheel of the larger, more comfortable and higher-tech Nissan Qashqai SUV in the UK
16 Jun 2021
Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review
Ineos Grenadier prototype
Ineos Grenadier 4x4

Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review

Can the Ineos Grenadier really fill the mud-splattered void left by the old Land Rover Defender? We take a first drive in a prototype to find out...
15 Jun 2021
New 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge EV on sale priced from £49,950
Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge - front
Volvo XC40

New 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge EV on sale priced from £49,950

Volvo has revised the electric XC40’s pricing and trim-level structure, with a simplified three-tier system
22 Jun 2021