Touran 2007-2010

The latest generation of Volkswagen’s compact MPV, the Touran, was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September 2006 and went on sale in the UK on 5 January 2007.  Like its popular predecessor, it offers value for money through comprehensive standard equipment, an advanced range of economical engines and maximum flexibility with a standard seven seats, the rearmost two of which can be folded flat into the floor when not required.

Revised styling, as well as new engines and technical equipment were the key changes for the new Touran.  The distinctive Volkswagen ‘face’ was adopted, with new lights similar to those on the Eos coupé cabriolet as well as a new bumper and grille section.  At the rear, the lights and bumper were also modified and updated to give a modern look.  Inside, the Touran gained new trim and materials, including a stain less steel finish to the dials and upgraded standard equipment.

The Touran was always renowned for its safety features, and the new model takes this a step further.  It is fitted as standard with front, side and head airbags as well as ABS and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with a new counter-steering feature which improves stability during braking and can reduce stopping distances by up to ten per cent. 

Another innovation is Park Assist which uses a series of sensors mounted on the front, rear and side of the Touran to plot the ideal manoeuvring path into a parallel space either to the right or left of the vehicle.  Once engaged, the system, through audible warnings and visual displays, carries out the necessary steering inputs automatically while the driver simply controls the throttle and brake inputs.  The whole operation takes less than 15 seconds. 

In July 2009 Volkswagen refreshed and simplified the Touran range to offer more equipment and value to customers.  The range now consists of simply the entry-level S model and a Match trim level.

All models have – among a host of items – 15-inch alloy wheels, a CD player, air conditioning, remote control central locking and cruise control; Match adds 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass from the B-pillar back and other exterior cosmetic changes, an alarm, multifunction steering wheel, Multi-Device Interface (MDI) and iPod connectivity, plus the RNS 310 satellite navigation system and parking sensors with Park Assist all as standard.

The engine line-up comprises six units – two petrol and four diesel.  These are the 1.6-litre 102 PS; 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS with optional DSG gearbox; 1.9-litre TDI 90 and 105 PS; 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS with optional DSG; and 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS with DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and optional DSG.  Over 85 per cent of Touran buyers will opt for a diesel engine.  A BlueMotion Technology trim level is also offered in S and Match trims in conjunction with the 105 PS 1.9-litre TDI engine, offering extra economy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Since its launch in August 2003, the Touran has been extremely successful and won numerous awards.  During its best-performing year – 2005 – 12,706 Tourans were sold.  In 2009 Volkswagen UK sold 7,925 Touran models.

SUMMARY

  • Volkswagen’s compact MPV; sits alongside Sharan and Caravelle
  • first went on sale in the UK in August 2003
  • revised in January 2007 with an updated appearance and technology
  • built in Wolfsburg factory
  • has been extremely successful, with over 45,000 sold since launch
  • comes as standard with seven seats; the two rearmost seats retract neatly into floor when not required. Five-seater model also available
  • maximum luggage capacity of 1,989 litres; up to 35 storage areas
  • length 4,407 mm; width 1,794 mm; height 1,635 mm; wheelbase 2,675 mm
  • rigid bodyshell with four-link independent rear suspension
  • two petrol units: 1.6-litre 102 PS and 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS; and four diesel engines: 1.9-litre TDI 90 and 105 PS, 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)
  • BlueMotion Technology enhanced economy and lower emission model also offered with 1.9-litre 105 PS engine and DPF
  • TSI unit is a twincharger engine featuring a mechanically-driven supercharger and an exhaust-driven turbocharger offering a high level of performance and economy
  • electro-mechanical power steering with speed-dependent assistance on all models
  • all UK versions, except for the entry-level 1.6-litre 102 PS engine, feature a six-speed gearbox as standard
  • revolutionary double-clutch DSG transmission offered on 1.4-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI models
  • two trim levels available – S and Match
  • all have high level of standard equipment
  • Park Assist option available on S and standard on Match models
  • comprehensive standard safety features include ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with counter-steering support, HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and ABS; three-point safety belts for all occupants; plus curtain airbags for front and second row passengers; and front seat side airbags 

Market information

The Touran competes in the compact MPV class, a direct rival to cars such as the Renault Mégane Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira. 

Almost three-quarters of Touran buyers have children, with the vast majority of customers opting for the standard seven-seat version. 

Diesel accounts for over 80 per cent of UK Touran sales.  The Match is the most popular model, taking 70 per cent of sales.  The best-selling derivative overall is the Match 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS.

DESIGN

Styling

The Touran was given a fresh new look for 2007.  Changes at the front include a new radiator grille and headlights giving the Touran an Eos-style ‘face’.  At the rear, new lights and a modified bumper distinguish the latest model. 

Marginally larger than the previous model (length is increased by 16 mm to 4,407 mm), the Touran retains its compact dimensions, making it easy to drive; yet it continues to boast a generous amount of interior room.  In fact, it offers class-leading interior height and ample space for passengers and their luggage.

Bodyshell structure and design

Exceptional bodyshell rigidity is one of the Touran’s key features, and one of the ways in which it has been achieved is by the extensive use of laser welding.  There is a total of 69.5 metres of laser-welded seams combining the body’s steel elements into a strong, crash-optimised structure which additionally offers protection from unwanted body shake and noise transmission, as well as a firm platform for the suspension systems.  Some 62 per cent of the body structure features high-strength sheet steel, again improving rigidity and crash safety.

The Touran’s overall length is 4,407 mm, identical to that of the Eos coupé cabriolet (4,407 mm), but it has a longer wheelbase, by 97 mm.  Touran’s key dimensions:

  Touran
length, mm 4407
width, w/out door mirrors, mm 1794
height, mm 1635
wheelbase, mm 2675
maximum luggage capacity  
w/out rear seat folded, litres 695
with rear seat folded, litres 1989 (5 seater)

There are several neat styling touches which also offer safety benefits, including the external mirrors with their integral indicator repeater lamps, the unusually large rear lights and the wide and deep rear window.

Two trim levels are available: S and Match.  All Match models have body-coloured bumpers, bumper strips and side bump strips, coloured door handles, chrome roof rails and tinted glass from the B-pillar back.

The attention to detail demonstrated by the Touran’s designers is nowhere more evident than in the windscreen wipers.  Every time the wipers are switched off, the mechanism moves them slightly upwards to reverse the angle at which the rubber blades are parked, thus prolonging their working life.

Every time the Touran comes to a halt in traffic, the wiper speed is automatically reduced to the next-lower setting; as soon as the vehicle is moving again, the original wiper speed is restored.  There are four intermittent-wipe settings with intervals partly influenced by the vehicle’s speed.   

Interior

Class-leading interior dimensions and the availability of up to three rows of seats mean that the Volkswagen people carrier offers greater versatility, space and passenger comfort than any vehicle in its segment.

Depending on specification, there are up to 35 separate storage areas within the Touran’s interior, and there is a maximum luggage capacity of up to 1,989 litres.

Front seating area

With its interior height of 1.09 m and elbow space of 1.46 m, the Touran provides ample space for the driver and front seat passenger.  A slightly higher seating position (631 mm) compared to a conventional car and well thought-out interior ergonomics also provide for a comfortable drive.  Sitting higher affords a better view of the road ahead and a more relaxed sense of space within the passenger compartment.

Both front seats feature whiplash-optimised head restraints, and the occupants are further protected by front, side and curtain airbags.  The passenger seat airbag can be deactivated using a key-operated switch in the glovebox, permitting the installation of a child safety seat.

Considerable attention to detail has been devoted to the design of the Touran’s storage facilities.  There is a large lidded compartment on top of the dashboard and a large roof console between the seats with three swing-down compartments.  In the centre, there are two easily accessible cup holders, while the door bins can each accommodate a one-litre bottle.   

The second row of seats

The Touran’s second seating row is made up of three separate seat units which can, with a few easy movements, slide forwards or backwards, move sideways, fold down or be removed completely.  Each seat weighs around 17 kg, making it easy to move as required.  The seats are also positioned relatively high (676 mm) – a boon for example, for putting children into car seats or for passengers who want to see out of the windows.

In addition to the generous headroom (989 mm) and kneeroom on offer in the second row, there is a host of comfort touches for the passengers.  These include the clever middle seat, which can be folded flat to form a table, plus a cup holder, large door bins and storage compartments in the floor.  A 12V power socket is provided, as are additional twin ventilation outlets.

The seat adjustment and removal mechanism is easy to operate: a high-grip handle is pulled up to slide the seat forwards or back, while easy-to-reach loops are pulled to fold the seat back or forwards, or to remove it completely.

There are head-level side airbags protecting the passengers of the second row of seats, and all three seats are equipped with lap and shoulder seatbelts and head restraints.  The two outer seats have Isofix child seat mountings.

The third row of seats

The Touran’s versatility is further enhanced by the third row of seats which provide additional seating for two passengers.  These two seats can be deleted by those buyers who never need seven seats and who require slightly more luggage space.

Either or both of the rearmost seats may be used and, when neither is required, they can be folded away seamlessly into the load-area floor via a simple-to-use retraction mechanism.  Each seat is equipped with a lap and shoulder safety belt and a removable head restraint, and there are cupholders and lockable storage compartments.

The load area

Even with all seven seats in use, the Touran has 121 litres of luggage space available, as well as storage compartments in the rear side panels and the floor to accommodate smaller items.

In the five-seat configuration the Touran offers 695 litres of luggage space and, with the second-row seats removed and the third row folded away, the load volume rises to a van-like 1,913 litres.  If the rearmost seats are not fitted there is even more luggage space available: up to 1,989 litres.

ENGINES

The Touran is offered with a choice of six engines; two petrol units: a 1.6-litre 102 PS and a 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS; and four diesels: 1.9-litre TDI with 90 or 105 PS, a 2.0-litre 140 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS unit with standard Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). 

Petrol engines

1.6-litre, 1595 cc, 8-valve 4-cyl, 102 PS

This four-cylinder in-line 1.6-litre engine, which was also used in the previous generation Touran, develops a maximum power output of 102 PS at 5,600 rpm, and maximum torque of 109 lbs ft (148 Nm) at 3,800 rpm.  The engine features an aluminium cylinder block, variable intake manifold, two valves per cylinder with roller rocker valves, electronic individual cylinder injection, and programmed ignition with cylinder-sensitive anti-knock control.  It is available in S trim level only and with a standard five-speed manual gearbox.  It returns 34.9 mpg on the combined cycle and produces 193 g/km of carbon dioxide.

TSI technology

In June 2006, Volkswagen launched the latest in a line of pioneering inventions with the introduction of TSI petrol technology.  Previous engines have used FSI technology, whereby petrol is injection directly into the combustion chamber to improve efficiency and hence reduce fuel consumption and emissions.  Taking this further, TSI uses – for the first time ever – an FSI engine which is then dual-charged through a combination of an engine driven supercharger and an exhaust gas turbocharger arranged in series.

The driving characteristics of TSI engines are improved over those of a conventional FSI unit.  The belt-driven supercharger operates at the lower engine speeds, with the turbocharger coming in as engine speed increases.  The result of this is excellent driveability and performance throughout the range with no turbo lag and high maximum torque.

Key to the TSI’s success is that direct injection allows an abnormally high compression ratio of 10:1to be used in conjunction with high maximum boost pressure of up to 2.5 bar absolute. Thisenab les the relatively small engine to use very high gearing to provide exceptional fuel efficiency fora petrol engine, particularly at motorway cruising speeds. As an additional bonus, the TSI engine provides driver enjoyment, producing high power and torque across a rev range from 1,000 to 6,500 rpm.

The TSI engine used in the Touran has a capacity of 1.4-litres (1,390 cc) and produces 140 PS.  TSI technology has received international acclaim, gaining a number of titles in the International Engine of the Year Awards since its debut in 2006.

1.4-litre TSI, 1390 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 140 PS

This engine produces 140 PS at 5,600 rpm and 162 lbs ft (220 Nm) of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, offering impressive performance.  It has a zero to 62 mph time of 9.8 seconds (9.7 with option seven-speed DSG gearbox) and a top speed of 124 mph (123 DSG).  Combined economy is 39.2 mpg (40.9 DSG) and CO2emissions are 166 g/km (159 DSG).

Diesel engines

The Touran’s diesel engines use Volkswagen’s ‘Pumpe Düse’ or ‘PD’ technology.  Pumpe Düse translates as ‘unit injector’, a fuel injection system which can operate at pressures of up to 2,050 bars or 30,000 psi. 

All Volkswagen TDI models also have turbochargers with variable geometry turbine (VTG) technology.  The VTG delivers high boost pressures even at low engine speeds.  An intercooler lowers the temperature of the hot compressed air leaving the turbocharger, leading to even greater efficiency.

1.9-litre TDI, 1896 cc, 8-valve 4-cyl, 90 PS

This diesel engine is available in the ‘S’ trim as an entry-level choice.  With a power output of 90 PS at 4,000 rpm, it has maximum torque of 155 lbs ft (210 Nm) between 1,800 and 2,500 rpm.  It can reach 62 mph from standstill in 14.9 seconds and has a top speed of 106 mph.  Frugality is its key appeal with a combined consumption of 47.1 mpg and CO2 emissions of 155 g/km.

1.9-litre TDI, 1896 cc, 8-valve 4-cyl, 105 PS

This engine is another adaptation of Volkswagen’s renowned 1.9-litre TDI.  With 105 PS and 185 lbs ft (250 Nm) of torque at 1,900 rpm, this model returns 47.9 mpg on the combined cycle.  Thanks to its 60-litre fuel tank, this means the 1.9-litre TDI Touran has a theoretical range of over 620 mi les.  It emits 156 g/km of CO2.  

Touran BlueMotion Technology

The 1.9-litre 105 PS engine described above is also offered with Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Technology package.  On the Touran this adds a DPF, low rolling resistance tyres and sports suspension (lowered by approx. 15 mm) to improve economy and reduce emissions to 52.3 mpg and 144 g/km.

Like all Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Technology models, the modified Touran combines efficiency with comfort and equipment to create a vehicle that delivers greater economy and fewer emissions, yet which is conventional to drive, service and maintain.  Key facts on this model are:

  • fitted with an efficient 1.9-litre, four cylinder TDI engine developing 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 185 lbs ft of torque at 1,900 rpm and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox
  • capable of returning a combined economy figure of 52.3 mpg while emitting 144 g/km of CO2. The standard 1.9-litre TDI vehicle returns 47.9 mpg and emits 156 g/km of CO2
  • fitted with a 60-litre fuel tank the Touran BlueMotion is granted a theoretical range of over 700 mi les
  • weight saving, aerodynamic improvements and changes to the drivetrain make the economy gains possible
  • a revised engine management system and a reduced idle speed help to increase the engine’s efficiency to allow greater performance while simultaneously using less fuel
  • revised engine is linked to a six speed gearbox with new, longer ratios for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gears to decrease engine speed and improve economy
  • changes to the body of Touran BlueMotion Technology models are subtle in appearance yet extensive with modifications to the underside of the vehicle to smooth off the airflow in conjunction with blanked off sections of the front grille to reduce cooling system drag as less heat is rejected by the engine
  • Touran BlueMotion Technology models also have lower suspension which reduces frontal area and aerodynamic drag
  • multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption is also added to enhance economy
  • Touran BlueMotion Technology is available in both S and Match trim along with unique BlueMotion Technology badging

2.0-litre TDI, 1968 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 140 PS

The first Volkswagen turbocharged diesel to combine the unit injector fuel supply system with four valves per cylinder, the 2.0-litre TDI was introduced with the Touran.  This engine has a displacement of 1,968 cc and develops 140 PS at 4,000 rpm, with 236 lbs ft (320 Nm) of torque available from 1,750 rpm.  Despite its impressive performance, the Touran 2.0-litre returns 47.1 mpg (43.5 with six-speed DSG gearbox) on the combined cycle, and emits 159 g/km of carbon dioxide (172 DSG).

Principal design features include: twin overhead camshafts, valves operated by low-friction roller cam followers with hydraulic clearance adjusters and unit injectors actuated by roller-rockers from the exhaust camshaft.  As in other TDI engines, a variable geometry turbocharger (VTG) is used, which improves response at low engine speeds.

The crossflow cylinder head is designed with two tangential inlet ports per cylinder and a ‘rotated valve star’, the term used for the special arrangement of the four valves in relation to the crankshaft, which ensures the best possible injector position and therefore optimum swirl within the cylinder.

2.0-litre TDI with Diesel Particulate Filter, 1968 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 170 PS

The most powerful diesel in the line-up, this adaptation of the 2.0-litre TDI engine produces 170 PS at 4,200 rpm and 258 lbs ft (350 Nm) of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm.  Despite its impressive performance – 133 mph top speed and zero to 62 mph in just nine seconds – combined consumption is 42.8 mpg (40.9 DSG).  Carbon dioxide emissions are measured at 174 g/km for the six-speed manual and 182 for the DSG.

All Volkswagen diesel engines meet the most stringent environmental standards, with low emissions of particulate matter (PM).  However, this engine goes one stage further with the fitment of a diesel particulate filter (DPF), designed to minimise remaining traces of PM.  This DPF is self-regenerating and requires no routine maintenance.

Gearboxes

Six-speed manual

The entry-level 1.6-litre 102 PS engine comes as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox.  All other FSI and TDI Touran models feature a six-speed gearbox.  A greater spread of ratios not only benefits fuel consumption, it also makes the Touran more responsive.  These gearboxes are filled with lifetime oil and need no routine maintenance.

This transmission has a magnesium shift housing, is cable-operated and has short lever movements, with three-cone synchromesh for the lower gears ensuring a pleasant shift action.  Reduced-friction bearings further increase the gearbox’s efficiency and cut fuel consumption.

DSG – Direct Shift Gearbox

Available as an option in conjunction with the two 2.0-litre TDI engines is a six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).  DSG is a true innovation, combining the comfort of an automatic gearbox with the agility and economy of a manual unit. 

The six-speed, transversely mounted DSG has two wet clutches (offering a higher thermal load tolerance than dry clutches) with hydraulic pressure regulation.  One clutch controls the ‘odd’ gears plus reverse, while the other operates the ‘even’ gears.  Essentially it is two gearboxes in one.

With this new clutch management system, the breaks in power that are typical of even an automatic-shift manual gearbox no longer occur.  This is achieved by an intelligent hydraulic and electronic (mechatronic) gearbox control system, the two wet-type clutches and the two input and output shafts in each half of the gearbox.

This combination enables the next-higher gear ratio to remain engaged but on standby until it is actually selected.  In other words, if the car is being driven in third gear, fourth is selected but not yet activated.  As soon as the ideal shift point is reached, the clutch on the third-gear side opens, the other clutch closes and fourth gear engages under accurate electronic supervision.  Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gearshift results and the entire shift process is completed in less than four-hundredths of a second.

Seven-speed DSG

The 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS Touran is available with a seven-speed DSG transmission.  This uses a pair of dry clutches (as opposed to the wet ones in the six-speed version) to improve fuel efficiency and performance. The pair of dry, organic bonded friction linings do not require cooling, making the drivetrain more efficient through the extra gear ratio and the fact that less power is required for the gear selection and clutch servo system.  Measuring only 369 mm in length and weighing only 79 kg including the dual-mass flywheel the gearbox is remarkably compact.

In adopting seven-speeds, Volkswagen engineers were able to lower first gear to improve acceleration from a standstill.  By contrast seventh gear has been raised to act as an overdrive function making it ideal for motorway driving with the additional effect of further improving economy and comfort levels.

The volume of oil contained within the gearbox has also been reduced by 75 per cent.  The lubrication circuits are divided into two to maintain the purity of the oil.  As with a conventional manual gearbox, one of the circuits is used for cooling and lubrication of the gear teeth, the second feeds oil to the gear actuators.  Since the clutch does not require cooling the quantity of oil has been reduced from seven litres in the six-speed DSG gearbox to only 1.7-litres in the new seven-speed system.

It should be noted that both DSG gearboxes are application specific.  The six-speed version can be paired with high torque engines (up to 350 Nm) while the seven-speed variant is more effective in combination with smaller engines with torque outputs of up to 250 Nm.

Servicing
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Touran.  They can choose Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its use.

Time and Distance Servicing is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in:

  • Predominantly city centre driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking

In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months.

LongLife Servicing is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys. The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner. In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service. A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed.

With the LongLife system, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 18,000 miles (approx) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes. An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s life, it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

RUNNING GEAR

The arrival of the first generation Touran heralded a new era in suspension design for Volkswagen.  It featured a completely new four-link independent rear suspension system – a version of which was then developed for the fifth generation Golf – and a strut-type front suspension arrangement.  This successful set-up has been maintained for the latest generation car.

Front axle

The Touran’s front wheels are located by spring struts and lower wishbones attached to the central subframe.  A key element of the system, designed to optimise the acoustic and dynamic properties of the Touran, is an aluminium subframe which is attached to the body at six points.  The lateral control arms, anti-roll bar and steering are pre-assembled on this subframe during production, so that precise steering and suspension geometry is achieved.  The lateral control arms pivot on rubber bushings with new settings that allow a controlled degree of lateral compliance at the wheel for supple ride quality.  Body roll is reduced – with no sacrifice in ride comfort – by attaching the front anti-roll bar directly to the suspension struts.

Rear axle

The Touran’s four-link rear suspension is aimed at achieving a combination of dynamism and ride comfort unmatched in this market segment.  The compact four-link layout features three lateral control arms – the spring mounting, the track rod and the upper control arm – and a trailing link at each wheel.  Suspension assemblies are attached to the body by way of a rear-axle subframe and, as at the front, rubber-and-metal mountings that are soft in torsion but stiff radially are used to ensure that the anti-roll bar responds immediately and suppresses body roll effectively.

The spring and damper on each side are located separately; the spring bears directly on the trailing link and the damper unit is attached to the wheel hub assembly.  The suspension geometry on the compression stroke generates a toe steering effect that maintains neutral behaviour or slight understeer in all driving and load-carrying situations.  One of the benefits of the wide spacing apart of the damper units is to permit maximum through-loading width in the load area. 

Electro-mechanical power steering

The Touran was also the first Volkswagen and car in its class to benefit from electro-mechanical power steering.  Unlike previous similar steering systems, the Touran’s is able to vary the steering feel to suit the speed and driving situation: firm and direct when driving hard, effort less at parking speeds.  Other advantages of the system include its mild self-centring action, its ability to compensate for different driving hazards such as crosswinds and steep road cambers, and a beneficial effect on fuel economy.

Braking system

Disc brakes are employed on all four wheels.  The front discs are ventilated and 288 mm in diameter; the rear discs have a 260 mm diameter.  Standard equipment on all Tourans is Volkswagen’s Electronic Stabilisation Programme with counter steering support, which includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic differential lock (EDL), traction control (ASR) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) with counter-steering support

Standard on every Touran is ESP, a sophisticated system that automatically senses any tendency for the car to slide.  Should this situation occur, ESP reacts by applying the brakes to one, two, three or all four wheels and adjusts the engine’s power.  This can be useful if a tendency to under- or oversteer develops in a bend.  In such circumstances ESP can help prevent the car skidding or spinning off the road and is particularly helpful in wet or icy conditions. 

The new Touran also benefits from the addition of counter-steering support which can help reduce stopping distances by around ten per cent.  To explain this, it is necessary to look at two scenarios, when the car is travelling along a road surface with different friction coefficients (a μ-Split to use the correct technical term), for example, winter conditions with half the lane dry and half with patches of snow, and the driver swerves to avoid an obstacle:

· With ‘traditional’ ESP: the system prevents the car from skidding by increasing power to the wheels with the most traction (ie on the dry surface) and braking the wheels with the worse friction value (ie on the snow).  The car can not be braked as forcefully as would be possible if the wheels were on the dry surface because ‘over-braking’ would cause one wheel to swerve and the car to fishtail.  This is because the asymmetrically acting braking forces would produce a tendency for the car to rotate in the direction of the side of the driving surface with most grip.  Essentially then, ESP stops the car from skidding but can not use maximum braking forces to bring the car to a stop.

· With counter-steering support: ESP works in the same way as above to prevent the skid.  However, at the point where the braking is applied, the system ‘recognises’ the direction in which the driver must counter-steer in order to decelerate the car without swerving.  This unit commands the electro-mechanical power steering to send a steering ‘pulse’ in the required direction.  The driver perceives this pulse in the steering wheel, despite its small torque of a maximum three Newton metres, then intuitively follows the signal and executes a classic counter-steering manoeuvre.  This stabilising intervention allows the braking pressure to be increased at the wheels with the greatest grip, and as a result the braking distance is reduced.

This counter-steering feature is only possible thanks to the networking of the ESP with the electro-mechanical power steering system.  It is also important to note that at no time does the ESP take over the control of the steering; this remains at all times with the driver.

Hydraulic Brake Assist – HBA

Working in conjunction with the other elements of the braking system, this latest form of HBA recognises from the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed whether it is a ‘normal’ braking situation or an emergency stop.  In the event of an emergency stop, HBA increases braking pressure, activating ABS and ensuring the level of braking meets the needs of the conditions.  The application of brake assist makes it possible even for unskilled drivers to reduce braking distances by around 25 per cent.   

EQUIPMENT AND TRIM

The Touran is offered in two different trim levels, S and Match.  Key items of specification for all models are shown below:

S 1.6-litre 102 PS
S 1.9-litre TDI 90 PS
S 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), including ASR (traction control) and EDL (Electronic Differential Lock)
  • driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch; driver and front passenger side airbags
  • curtain airbag system for front and second row passengers
  • three-point seatbelts and head restraints for all rear passengers
  • Isofix seat preparation for outer seats of second row
  • driver and front passenger’s whiplash optimised head restraints
  • semi-automatic air conditioning
  • transponder-based electronic engine immobiliser; remote central locking
  • front electric windows
  • lockable and illuminated glovebox
  • multi-function computer
  • RCD 210 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with four speakers
  • cruise control
  • body-coloured bumpers and door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • black roof rails
  • height and reach adjustable steering column; driver’s seat height adjustment
  • 6½J x 15 ‘Misano’ alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
  • tyre repair kit (seven-seat models only)

S 1.9-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology

Over standard S specification, and to help it achieve enhanced economy and emissions figures, the Touran BlueMotion Technology also features: 

  • 6J x 15 steel wheels with 195/65 R15 low rolling resistance tyres
  • multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • Diesel Particulate Filter
  • sports suspension, lowered by approx. 15 mm
  • unique BlueMotion Technology badging at the rear

Match 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS
Match 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS
Match 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS
Match 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS

Match trim adds the following features:

  • alarm with interior protection
  • rear electric windows
  • front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • storage pockets on the back of the front seats
  • 12V socket for second row of seats
  • front comfort seats with height and lumbar adjustment
  • hill hold function
  • multifunction computer
  • leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip
  • RNS 310 touchscreeen navigation/radio system including dash-mounted MP3 compatible CD player with eight speakers, five-inch colour screen, SD card reader and AUX-in socket for connection to external multimedia source
  • Multi Device Interface (MDI) with USB and iPod connection cables
  • parking sensors, front and rear – ultrasonic, audible with audio volume reduction when activated and optical parking display via audio system
  • Park Assist
  • roof rails, anodised chrome finish with black inserts
  • body-coloured door handles, bumpers and bumper strips
  • matt chrome trimmed radiator surround
  • heat insulated tinted glass, 35 per cent from B-pillar back
  • darkened headlight lenses; darkened rear light clusters
  • 6½J x 16 ‘ Perth’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

Match 1.9-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology

Over standard Match specification the Touran BlueMotion Technology also features: 

  • 6½J x 16 ‘ Perth’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 low rolling resistance tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
  • multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • Diesel Particulate Filter
  • sports suspension, lowered by approx. 15 mm

FACTORY-FIT OPTIONS

A number of factory- and retailer-fit options are available on the Touran, allowing buyers further to customise their vehic les.  Many options are only offered on the S specification as the Match is highly specified ‘off the shelf’.  One such option which is standard on Match models is Volkswagen’s innovative Park Assist system.  Other options include an electric tilt/slide sunroof, in-car entertainment upgrade on S models and leather upholstery on Match.  For full details of availability and prices please see the latest price list.

Park Assist

Park Assist is a system which uses a series of sensors mounted on the front, rear and side of the Touran to plot the ideal manoeuvring path into a parallel space either to the right or left of the vehicle.  

When driving at speeds of under around 18 mph and within 0.5 to 1.5 metres of other parked cars, an ultrasonic sensor system detects all parallel parking spaces on the right or left.  A control unit then notifies the driver an appropriate space has been found and calculates the ideal parking path.  Once in the recommended ‘start’ position, the driver engages reverse gear. 

During the parking process the driver has no steering input – he or she simply accelerates and brakes as appropriate.  Once reverse gear is engaged, the whole operation generally takes no more than 15 seconds. 

Parking sensors

For those who do not wish to choose Park Assist but appreciate a little assistance when manoeuvring, a parking distance control system is available on S models (standard on Match).  This system uses four ultrasonic sensors, integrated in the rear bumper, to pinpoint parked vehic les or other objects behind the car.  Automatically activated when reverse gear is selected, the system produces an audible warning signal to guide the driver up to a safe distance to any objects behind.  Not only does this prevent car park knocks, it may also help prevent accidents, for example, if a child runs out behind the car who may not have been seen.

Convenience pack

All Tourans are offered with the option of a Convenience Pack which incorporates a coming/leaving home lighting function to provide illumination to the front door when the lights have been used on a journey; an automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror; and a rain sensor to adjust the windscreen wiper power depending on the amount of moisture on the screen.

RNS 310 satellite navigation/radio system

The Touran Match is supplied as standard with Volkswagen’s RNS 310 satellite navigation system (it is available as an option on S).  The installation uses a touchscreen for fast, intuitive operation of the entertainment and navigation menus and displaying of information. Key features include a CD drive for navigation disc or audio CDs, playback with title display for MP3 files and an integrated SD memory card reader from which files can be retrieved.

The navigation function offers a moving map in the five-inch colour display panel, integrated direction symbols as well as spoken instructions. 

For the navigation to function, rear ABS wheel sensors are used to determine the distance the car has covered and to provide information when the car is turning. Further system components include a solid state magnetic compass concealed under the roof and a three-way roof aerial for radio and GPS (Global Positioning System). The aerial receives signals from the satellites in orbit from which the system is able to calculate the position of the car on the surface of the earth.

SAFETY

Key to its impressive occupant protection is the Touran’s high level of active and passive safety features, many of which have been detailed earlier in this press pack.  They include:

  • ABS with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) on all models
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with counter steering support with EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (traction control)
  • disc brakes (front ventilated discs) on all wheels
  • driver and front passenger front and side airbags
  • front passenger airbag deactivation switch to allow child seat to be safely installed
  • curtain airbag system for front and second row passengers
  • whiplash-optimised head restraints
  • Isofix child seat preparation for the outer seats of the second row
  • three point seatbelts for all five or seven seats
  • when not needed, the middle belt retracts into the roof lining and is anchored there, safely out of the way

In addition to these specific safety features, the Touran’s laser-welded and exceptionally rigid body ensures a high level of protection.  What’s more, the large number of storage areas (up to 35) means all objects can be stowed safely and are less likely to harm occupants if dislodged in an accident.

The Touran’s raised seating position also enhances safety: not only does it improve visibility for the driver, but it also makes it easier for parents to fasten the child’s seatbelt correctly without hunting for the buckle. 

The Touran also features Isofix special child seat fastening points, which are attached to the body of the car and allow an ‘Isofix’ standard seat to be attached on both the left and right sides of the rear seat.  This means the child seat is rigidly attached to the car.  Research has showed that 75 per cent of parents do not correctly thread a seatbelt through a child seat.  The Isofix system renders this process redundant and eliminates any risk of incorrect fitting.  The new seat has two ‘arms’ mounted to its rear that slot straight into the fixing points on the car.  Indicators turn from red to green when the seat is slotted correctly in place.

Euro NCAP test results

The first generation Touran was declared among the safest cars in its class, having achieved five stars in the Euro NCAP tests (European New Car Assessment Programme).  Euro NCAP assesses a car in a frontal impact at 40 mph against a deformable barrier with a 40 per cent body overlap, and a side crash in which the vehicle is struck at 31 mph.  

Not only is it safe for occupants, the Touran also scores well on pedestrian safety, having been awarded three stars in this area of the Euro NCAP tests.  The current Touran retains these results as there have been no significant changes that would affect the car’s safety credentials.

SECURITY

The security systems on the Touran have been developed to be class-leading, an aim backed up by the vehicle achieving five stars for theft of and four stars for theft from in the NCSR (New Car Security Rating) tests. 

Line-up and insurance groups

Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Touran has secured the following insurance group ratings from the ABI (Association of British Insurers):

S

1.6-litre 102 PS                        10E
1.9-litre TDI 90 PS                   11E  
1.9-litre TDI 105 PS                 12E  
1.9-litre TDI B/M Tech 105 PS 12E  

Match

1.4-litre TSI 140 PS                 16E
1.9-litre TDI 105 PS                 12E  
1.9-litre TDI B/M Tech 105 PS 13E
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS                 17E
2.0-litre TDI 170 PS                 21E  

In December 2009, the insurance industry switched from a 1-20 rating system to a 1-50 system.  The new ratings are shown here.

WARRANTIES

The Touran has a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) mechanical warranty.  In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year anti-perforation guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance covering the UK and Europe.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

BLUEMOTION TECHNOLOGY

The latest generation of Volkswagen’s compact MPV, the Touran, was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September 2006 and went on sale in the UK on 5 January 2007.  The BlueMotion model was added in June 2008.

Like its popular predecessor, the Touran offers value for money through comprehensive standard equipment, an advanced range of economical engines and maximum flexibility with a standard seven seats, the rearmost of which can be folded into the floor when not required.

Revised styling, as well as new engines and technical equipment were the key changes for the new Touran. The distinctive Volkswagen ‘face’ was adopted, with new lights similar to those on the Eos coupé cabriolet as well as a new bumper and grille section. At the rear, the lights and bumper were also modified and updated to give a modern look. Inside, the Touran gained new trim and materials, including a stainless steel finish to the dials and upgraded standard equipment.  All models are fitted with a CD player, air conditioning, remote control central locking and cruise control.

Touran BlueMotion Technology

The Touran range was refreshed and simplified in July 2009 and now consists of simply the entry-level S model and a Match trim level.  Alongside these, an economical and low-CO2 emitting variant of both is available and designated ‘BlueMotion Technology’.  From now on, only the very lowest emitting and most economical cars in a range (for example, the Golf hatch at 99 g/km) will be simply known as ‘BlueMotion’.

The Touran BlueMotion Technology combines efficiency with comfort and equipment to create a vehicle that delivers greater economy and fewer emissions, yet which is conventional to drive, service and maintain.  It is fitted with a 1.9-litre TDI engine developing 105 PS and features several systems and modifications to optimise efficiency.

The Touran is renowned for its safety features, and the Touran BlueMotion Technology models are no exception.  All models are fitted standard with front, side and head airbags as well as ABS and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with a new counter-steering feature which improves stability during braking and can reduce stopping distances by up to ten per cent.

KEY FACTS

  • fitted with an efficient 1.9-litre, four cylinder TDI engine developing 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 185 lbs ft of torque at 1,900 rpm and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox
  • capable of returning a combined economy figure of 52.3 mpg while emitting 144 g/km of CO2. The standard 1.9-litre TDI vehicle returns 47.9 mpg and emits 156 g/km of CO2
  • fitted with a 60-litre fuel tank the Touran BlueMotion is granted a theoretical range of over 700 mi les
  • weight saving, aerodynamic improvements and changes to the drivetrain make the economy gains possible
  • a revised engine management system and a reduced idle speed help to increase the engine’s efficiency to allow greater performance while simultaneously using less fuel
  • revised engine is linked to a six speed gearbox with new, longer ratios for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gears to decrease engine speed and improve economy
  • changes to the body of Touran BlueMotion Technology models are subtle in appearance yet extensive with modifications to the underside of the vehicle to smooth off the airflow in conjunction with blanked off sections of the front grille to reduce cooling system drag as less heat is rejected by the engine
  • Touran BlueMotion Technology models also have lower suspension which reduces frontal area and aerodynamic drag
  • multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption is also added to enhance economy
  • Touran BlueMotion Technology is available in both S and Match trim along with unique BlueMotion Technology badging
  • despite the increases in efficiency the levels of equipment on the Touran BlueMotion Technology S remain high with a CD/radio, electric front windows, six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme ( ESP), ABS and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) all fitted as standard
  • Match adds 16-inch alloy wheels, touchscreen radio/navigation system, Park Assist, tinted glass, darkened light lenses, body-coloured bumper strips, side bump strips, door handles and front centre armrest with storage compartment

BLUEMOTION TECHNOLOGY

A new range of vehicles has been developed by Volkswagen that strikes a balance between the highly focussed BlueMotion vehicles and the conventional products on which they are based.  The range, carrying the ‘BlueMotion Technology’ badge, combines efficiency with comfort and equipment to create vehicles that deliver greater economy and produce fewer emissions yet are practical as well as conventional to drive, service and maintain.

The breadth of Volkswagen’s most efficient range continues to grow and offer increased cost benefits.  With a BlueMotion Technology variant currently available on Golf, Golf Plus, Passat, Passat Estate, Eos, Touran, Sharan, Tiguan and Touareg, there is a model to suit most requirements.

HISTORY

The first model to be offered with a BlueMotion badge was the Polo BlueMotion which was launched in the UK in September 2007.  With a combined fuel consumption figure of 74.3 mpg and a carbon dioxide emissions figure of just 99 g/km, it quickly became recognised as a popular choice for those wanting a conventional, practical, stylish and affordable car with class-leading CO2 performance.  Showing how the technology has developed, these impressive figures are now matched by the new Golf BlueMotion.

With the latest Polo, Golf and Passat BlueMotion models, which emit just 87, 99 and 114 g/km of CO2respectively, ‘BlueMotion’ will continue to describe the most fuel and CO2 efficient models in the entire Volkswagen range.

TECHNICAL DETAILS AND COMPARISON DATA

  Touran
1.9-litre 90 PS
6spd manual
Touran
1.9-litre 105 PS 6spd manual
Touran
BlueMotion Technology
1.9-litre 105 PS
6spd manual
Power,
PS @rpm
90 @ 4,000 105 @ 4,000 105 @ 4,000
Torque,
Nm/lbs ft @rpm
210 / 155 @ 1,800 250 / 185 @ 1,900 250 / 185 @ 1,900
Cubic capacity, cc 1,896 1,896 1,896
Combined economy, mpg 47.1 47.9 52.3
CO2 emissions, g/km 157 156 144
       
Gear ratios, :1      
1st gear 3.77 3.77 3.78
2nd gear 2.09 2.09 2.12
3rd gear 1.47 1.47 1.36
4th gear 1.09 1.09 0.97
5th gear 1.11 1.11 0.73
6th gear 0.91 0.91 0.59
Ratio reverse 4.55 4.55 3.60
       
Cd value 0.31 0.31 0.29
Area Cd, m2 2.54 2.54 2.54
Air resistance Cd x Area Cd 0.80 0.80 0.74
       
Unladen weight, kg 1,573 1,573 1,557
Gross vehicle weight, kg 2,160 2,160 2,140

ENGINE

1.9-litre, 1896 cc TDI, 8-valve 4-cyl, 105 PS

The Touran BlueMotion technology models are fitted with a 1.9-litre TDI engine producing 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 185 lbs ft (250 Nm) from 1,900 rpm, coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox which is modified to lengthen the gearing in the middle gears; this decreases engine speed to improve economy.

The engine is fitted with an oxidation catalyst and a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) as standard to reduce oxides of nitrogen and carbon partic les almost to zero while a variable geometry turbocharger is also added to provide high levels of torque from just above idling speed.  Special electronic mapping reduces the idle speed and optimises the engine for economy.  The standing 0 to 62 mph sprint is completed in 13.0 seconds and top speed is 113 mph, slightly higher than the standard car’s 111 mph thanks to aerodynamic optimisation and the fitment of low rolling resistance tyres.  The Touran BlueMotion Technology achieves 52.3 mpg on the combined cycle, meaning it is capable of nearly 700 miles on one tank of fuel, and emits 144 g/km of CO2.

EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The Touran is available in two trim levels – S and Match – and all models feature the following standard equipment:

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation programme), including ASR (traction control) and EDL (Electronic Differential Lock)
  • driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch; driver and front passenger side airbags
  • curtain airbag system for front and second row passengers
  • three-point seatbelts and head restraints for all rear passengers
  • Isofix seat preparation for outer seats of second row
  • driver and front passenger’s whiplash optimised head restraints
  • semi-automatic air conditioning
  • transponder-based electronic engine immobiliser; remote central locking
  • front electric windows
  • lockable and illuminated glovebox
  • cruise control; multifunction computer
  • RCD 210 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with four speakers
  • body-coloured bumpers and door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • black roof rails
  • height and reach adjustable steering column; driver’s seat height adjustment
  • 6½J x 15 ‘Misano’ alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres and anti-theft wheels bolts
  • tyre repair kit (seven-seat models only)

The Touran S BlueMotion Technology adds the following equipment:

  • 6J x 15 steel wheels with 195/65 R15 low rolling resistance tyres
  • multifunction computer (Highline), includes visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • sports suspensions, lowered by approx. 15 mm
  • unique ‘BlueMotion Technology’ badging

Among a number of additional features the Touran Match BlueMotion Technology adds the following equipment:

  • 6½J x 16 ‘ Perth’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 low rolling resistance tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
  • heat insulated tinted glass, 35% from B pillar back
  • darkened headlight lenses and rear light clusters; matt chrome trimmed radiator grille surround; anodised chrome roof rails
  • Park Assist, sensor controlled steering aid; parking sensors front and rear
  • RNS 310 touchscreen navigation/radio system including dash-mounted MP3 compatible CD player with eight speakers; Multi Device Interface (MDI) with USB and iPod connection cables
  • front comfort seats with height and lumbar support
  • electric windows, front and rear
  • hill hold function
  • alarm

WARRANTIES

Touran BlueMotion Technology models have the same warranty as all other Touran models.  This means a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) mechanical warranty.  In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year anti-perforation guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance for UK and European breakdown cover.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer. 

The latest generation of Volkswagen’s compact MPV, the Touran, was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September 2006 and went on sale in the UK on 5 January 2007.  Like its popular predecessor, it offers value for money through comprehensive standard equipment, an advanced range of economical engines and maximum flexibility with a standard seven seats, the rearmost two of which can be folded flat into the floor when not required.

Revised styling, as well as new engines and technical equipment were the key changes for the new Touran.  The distinctive Volkswagen ‘face’ was adopted, with new lights similar to those on the Eos coupé cabriolet as well as a new bumper and grille section.  At the rear, the lights and bumper were also modified and updated to give a modern look.  Inside, the Touran gained new trim and materials, including a stain less steel finish to the dials and upgraded standard equipment.

The Touran was always renowned for its safety features, and the new model takes this a step further.  It is fitted as standard with front, side and head airbags as well as ABS and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with a new counter-steering feature which improves stability during braking and can reduce stopping distances by up to ten per cent. 

Another innovation is Park Assist which uses a series of sensors mounted on the front, rear and side of the Touran to plot the ideal manoeuvring path into a parallel space either to the right or left of the vehicle.  Once engaged, the system, through audible warnings and visual displays, carries out the necessary steering inputs automatically while the driver simply controls the throttle and brake inputs.  The whole operation takes less than 15 seconds. 

In July 2009 Volkswagen refreshed and simplified the Touran range to offer more equipment and value to customers.  The range now consists of simply the entry-level S model and a Match trim level.

All models have – among a host of items – 15-inch alloy wheels, a CD player, air conditioning, remote control central locking and cruise control; Match adds 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass from the B-pillar back and other exterior cosmetic changes, an alarm, multifunction steering wheel, Multi-Device Interface (MDI) and iPod connectivity, plus the RNS 310 satellite navigation system and parking sensors with Park Assist all as standard.

The engine line-up comprises six units – two petrol and four diesel.  These are the 1.6-litre 102 PS; 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS with optional DSG gearbox; 1.9-litre TDI 90 and 105 PS; 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS with optional DSG; and 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS with DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and optional DSG.  Over 85 per cent of Touran buyers will opt for a diesel engine.  A BlueMotion Technology trim level is also offered in S and Match trims in conjunction with the 105 PS 1.9-litre TDI engine, offering extra economy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Since its launch in August 2003, the Touran has been extremely successful and won numerous awards.  During its best-performing year – 2005 – 12,706 Tourans were sold.  In 2009 Volkswagen UK sold 7,925 Touran models.

SUMMARY

  • Volkswagen’s compact MPV; sits alongside Sharan and Caravelle
  • first went on sale in the UK in August 2003
  • revised in January 2007 with an updated appearance and technology
  • built in Wolfsburg factory
  • has been extremely successful, with over 45,000 sold since launch
  • comes as standard with seven seats; the two rearmost seats retract neatly into floor when not required. Five-seater model also available
  • maximum luggage capacity of 1,989 litres; up to 35 storage areas
  • length 4,407 mm; width 1,794 mm; height 1,635 mm; wheelbase 2,675 mm
  • rigid bodyshell with four-link independent rear suspension
  • two petrol units: 1.6-litre 102 PS and 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS; and four diesel engines: 1.9-litre TDI 90 and 105 PS, 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)
  • BlueMotion Technology enhanced economy and lower emission model also offered with 1.9-litre 105 PS engine and DPF
  • TSI unit is a twincharger engine featuring a mechanically-driven supercharger and an exhaust-driven turbocharger offering a high level of performance and economy
  • electro-mechanical power steering with speed-dependent assistance on all models
  • all UK versions, except for the entry-level 1.6-litre 102 PS engine, feature a six-speed gearbox as standard
  • revolutionary double-clutch DSG transmission offered on 1.4-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI models
  • two trim levels available – S and Match
  • all have high level of standard equipment
  • Park Assist option available on S and standard on Match models
  • comprehensive standard safety features include ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with counter-steering support, HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and ABS; three-point safety belts for all occupants; plus curtain airbags for front and second row passengers; and front seat side airbags 

Market information

The Touran competes in the compact MPV class, a direct rival to cars such as the Renault Mégane Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira. 

Almost three-quarters of Touran buyers have children, with the vast majority of customers opting for the standard seven-seat version. 

Diesel accounts for over 80 per cent of UK Touran sales.  The Match is the most popular model, taking 70 per cent of sales.  The best-selling derivative overall is the Match 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS.

DESIGN

Styling

The Touran was given a fresh new look for 2007.  Changes at the front include a new radiator grille and headlights giving the Touran an Eos-style ‘face’.  At the rear, new lights and a modified bumper distinguish the latest model. 

Marginally larger than the previous model (length is increased by 16 mm to 4,407 mm), the Touran retains its compact dimensions, making it easy to drive; yet it continues to boast a generous amount of interior room.  In fact, it offers class-leading interior height and ample space for passengers and their luggage.

Bodyshell structure and design

Exceptional bodyshell rigidity is one of the Touran’s key features, and one of the ways in which it has been achieved is by the extensive use of laser welding.  There is a total of 69.5 metres of laser-welded seams combining the body’s steel elements into a strong, crash-optimised structure which additionally offers protection from unwanted body shake and noise transmission, as well as a firm platform for the suspension systems.  Some 62 per cent of the body structure features high-strength sheet steel, again improving rigidity and crash safety.

The Touran’s overall length is 4,407 mm, identical to that of the Eos coupé cabriolet (4,407 mm), but it has a longer wheelbase, by 97 mm.  Touran’s key dimensions:

  Touran
length, mm 4407
width, w/out door mirrors, mm 1794
height, mm 1635
wheelbase, mm 2675
maximum luggage capacity  
w/out rear seat folded, litres 695
with rear seat folded, litres 1989 (5 seater)

There are several neat styling touches which also offer safety benefits, including the external mirrors with their integral indicator repeater lamps, the unusually large rear lights and the wide and deep rear window.

Two trim levels are available: S and Match.  All Match models have body-coloured bumpers, bumper strips and side bump strips, coloured door handles, chrome roof rails and tinted glass from the B-pillar back.

The attention to detail demonstrated by the Touran’s designers is nowhere more evident than in the windscreen wipers.  Every time the wipers are switched off, the mechanism moves them slightly upwards to reverse the angle at which the rubber blades are parked, thus prolonging their working life.

Every time the Touran comes to a halt in traffic, the wiper speed is automatically reduced to the next-lower setting; as soon as the vehicle is moving again, the original wiper speed is restored.  There are four intermittent-wipe settings with intervals partly influenced by the vehicle’s speed.   

Interior

Class-leading interior dimensions and the availability of up to three rows of seats mean that the Volkswagen people carrier offers greater versatility, space and passenger comfort than any vehicle in its segment.

Depending on specification, there are up to 35 separate storage areas within the Touran’s interior, and there is a maximum luggage capacity of up to 1,989 litres.

Front seating area

With its interior height of 1.09 m and elbow space of 1.46 m, the Touran provides ample space for the driver and front seat passenger.  A slightly higher seating position (631 mm) compared to a conventional car and well thought-out interior ergonomics also provide for a comfortable drive.  Sitting higher affords a better view of the road ahead and a more relaxed sense of space within the passenger compartment.

Both front seats feature whiplash-optimised head restraints, and the occupants are further protected by front, side and curtain airbags.  The passenger seat airbag can be deactivated using a key-operated switch in the glovebox, permitting the installation of a child safety seat.

Considerable attention to detail has been devoted to the design of the Touran’s storage facilities.  There is a large lidded compartment on top of the dashboard and a large roof console between the seats with three swing-down compartments.  In the centre, there are two easily accessible cup holders, while the door bins can each accommodate a one-litre bottle.   

The second row of seats

The Touran’s second seating row is made up of three separate seat units which can, with a few easy movements, slide forwards or backwards, move sideways, fold down or be removed completely.  Each seat weighs around 17 kg, making it easy to move as required.  The seats are also positioned relatively high (676 mm) – a boon for example, for putting children into car seats or for passengers who want to see out of the windows.

In addition to the generous headroom (989 mm) and kneeroom on offer in the second row, there is a host of comfort touches for the passengers.  These include the clever middle seat, which can be folded flat to form a table, plus a cup holder, large door bins and storage compartments in the floor.  A 12V power socket is provided, as are additional twin ventilation outlets.

The seat adjustment and removal mechanism is easy to operate: a high-grip handle is pulled up to slide the seat forwards or back, while easy-to-reach loops are pulled to fold the seat back or forwards, or to remove it completely.

There are head-level side airbags protecting the passengers of the second row of seats, and all three seats are equipped with lap and shoulder seatbelts and head restraints.  The two outer seats have Isofix child seat mountings.

The third row of seats

The Touran’s versatility is further enhanced by the third row of seats which provide additional seating for two passengers.  These two seats can be deleted by those buyers who never need seven seats and who require slightly more luggage space.

Either or both of the rearmost seats may be used and, when neither is required, they can be folded away seamlessly into the load-area floor via a simple-to-use retraction mechanism.  Each seat is equipped with a lap and shoulder safety belt and a removable head restraint, and there are cupholders and lockable storage compartments.

The load area

Even with all seven seats in use, the Touran has 121 litres of luggage space available, as well as storage compartments in the rear side panels and the floor to accommodate smaller items.

In the five-seat configuration the Touran offers 695 litres of luggage space and, with the second-row seats removed and the third row folded away, the load volume rises to a van-like 1,913 litres.  If the rearmost seats are not fitted there is even more luggage space available: up to 1,989 litres.

ENGINES

The Touran is offered with a choice of six engines; two petrol units: a 1.6-litre 102 PS and a 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS; and four diesels: 1.9-litre TDI with 90 or 105 PS, a 2.0-litre 140 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS unit with standard Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). 

Petrol engines

1.6-litre, 1595 cc, 8-valve 4-cyl, 102 PS

This four-cylinder in-line 1.6-litre engine, which was also used in the previous generation Touran, develops a maximum power output of 102 PS at 5,600 rpm, and maximum torque of 109 lbs ft (148 Nm) at 3,800 rpm.  The engine features an aluminium cylinder block, variable intake manifold, two valves per cylinder with roller rocker valves, electronic individual cylinder injection, and programmed ignition with cylinder-sensitive anti-knock control.  It is available in S trim level only and with a standard five-speed manual gearbox.  It returns 34.9 mpg on the combined cycle and produces 193 g/km of carbon dioxide.

TSI technology

In June 2006, Volkswagen launched the latest in a line of pioneering inventions with the introduction of TSI petrol technology.  Previous engines have used FSI technology, whereby petrol is injection directly into the combustion chamber to improve efficiency and hence reduce fuel consumption and emissions.  Taking this further, TSI uses – for the first time ever – an FSI engine which is then dual-charged through a combination of an engine driven supercharger and an exhaust gas turbocharger arranged in series.

The driving characteristics of TSI engines are improved over those of a conventional FSI unit.  The belt-driven supercharger operates at the lower engine speeds, with the turbocharger coming in as engine speed increases.  The result of this is excellent driveability and performance throughout the range with no turbo lag and high maximum torque.

Key to the TSI’s success is that direct injection allows an abnormally high compression ratio of 10:1to be used in conjunction with high maximum boost pressure of up to 2.5 bar absolute. Thisenab les the relatively small engine to use very high gearing to provide exceptional fuel efficiency fora petrol engine, particularly at motorway cruising speeds. As an additional bonus, the TSI engine provides driver enjoyment, producing high power and torque across a rev range from 1,000 to 6,500 rpm.

The TSI engine used in the Touran has a capacity of 1.4-litres (1,390 cc) and produces 140 PS.  TSI technology has received international acclaim, gaining a number of titles in the International Engine of the Year Awards since its debut in 2006.

1.4-litre TSI, 1390 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 140 PS

This engine produces 140 PS at 5,600 rpm and 162 lbs ft (220 Nm) of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, offering impressive performance.  It has a zero to 62 mph time of 9.8 seconds (9.7 with option seven-speed DSG gearbox) and a top speed of 124 mph (123 DSG).  Combined economy is 39.2 mpg (40.9 DSG) and CO2emissions are 166 g/km (159 DSG).

Diesel engines

The Touran’s diesel engines use Volkswagen’s ‘Pumpe Düse’ or ‘PD’ technology.  Pumpe Düse translates as ‘unit injector’, a fuel injection system which can operate at pressures of up to 2,050 bars or 30,000 psi. 

All Volkswagen TDI models also have turbochargers with variable geometry turbine (VTG) technology.  The VTG delivers high boost pressures even at low engine speeds.  An intercooler lowers the temperature of the hot compressed air leaving the turbocharger, leading to even greater efficiency.

1.9-litre TDI, 1896 cc, 8-valve 4-cyl, 90 PS

This diesel engine is available in the ‘S’ trim as an entry-level choice.  With a power output of 90 PS at 4,000 rpm, it has maximum torque of 155 lbs ft (210 Nm) between 1,800 and 2,500 rpm.  It can reach 62 mph from standstill in 14.9 seconds and has a top speed of 106 mph.  Frugality is its key appeal with a combined consumption of 47.1 mpg and CO2 emissions of 155 g/km.

1.9-litre TDI, 1896 cc, 8-valve 4-cyl, 105 PS

This engine is another adaptation of Volkswagen’s renowned 1.9-litre TDI.  With 105 PS and 185 lbs ft (250 Nm) of torque at 1,900 rpm, this model returns 47.9 mpg on the combined cycle.  Thanks to its 60-litre fuel tank, this means the 1.9-litre TDI Touran has a theoretical range of over 620 mi les.  It emits 156 g/km of CO2.  

Touran BlueMotion Technology

The 1.9-litre 105 PS engine described above is also offered with Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Technology package.  On the Touran this adds a DPF, low rolling resistance tyres and sports suspension (lowered by approx. 15 mm) to improve economy and reduce emissions to 52.3 mpg and 144 g/km.

Like all Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Technology models, the modified Touran combines efficiency with comfort and equipment to create a vehicle that delivers greater economy and fewer emissions, yet which is conventional to drive, service and maintain.  Key facts on this model are:

  • fitted with an efficient 1.9-litre, four cylinder TDI engine developing 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 185 lbs ft of torque at 1,900 rpm and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox
  • capable of returning a combined economy figure of 52.3 mpg while emitting 144 g/km of CO2. The standard 1.9-litre TDI vehicle returns 47.9 mpg and emits 156 g/km of CO2
  • fitted with a 60-litre fuel tank the Touran BlueMotion is granted a theoretical range of over 700 mi les
  • weight saving, aerodynamic improvements and changes to the drivetrain make the economy gains possible
  • a revised engine management system and a reduced idle speed help to increase the engine’s efficiency to allow greater performance while simultaneously using less fuel
  • revised engine is linked to a six speed gearbox with new, longer ratios for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gears to decrease engine speed and improve economy
  • changes to the body of Touran BlueMotion Technology models are subtle in appearance yet extensive with modifications to the underside of the vehicle to smooth off the airflow in conjunction with blanked off sections of the front grille to reduce cooling system drag as less heat is rejected by the engine
  • Touran BlueMotion Technology models also have lower suspension which reduces frontal area and aerodynamic drag
  • multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption is also added to enhance economy
  • Touran BlueMotion Technology is available in both S and Match trim along with unique BlueMotion Technology badging

2.0-litre TDI, 1968 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 140 PS

The first Volkswagen turbocharged diesel to combine the unit injector fuel supply system with four valves per cylinder, the 2.0-litre TDI was introduced with the Touran.  This engine has a displacement of 1,968 cc and develops 140 PS at 4,000 rpm, with 236 lbs ft (320 Nm) of torque available from 1,750 rpm.  Despite its impressive performance, the Touran 2.0-litre returns 47.1 mpg (43.5 with six-speed DSG gearbox) on the combined cycle, and emits 159 g/km of carbon dioxide (172 DSG).

Principal design features include: twin overhead camshafts, valves operated by low-friction roller cam followers with hydraulic clearance adjusters and unit injectors actuated by roller-rockers from the exhaust camshaft.  As in other TDI engines, a variable geometry turbocharger (VTG) is used, which improves response at low engine speeds.

The crossflow cylinder head is designed with two tangential inlet ports per cylinder and a ‘rotated valve star’, the term used for the special arrangement of the four valves in relation to the crankshaft, which ensures the best possible injector position and therefore optimum swirl within the cylinder.

2.0-litre TDI with Diesel Particulate Filter, 1968 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 170 PS

The most powerful diesel in the line-up, this adaptation of the 2.0-litre TDI engine produces 170 PS at 4,200 rpm and 258 lbs ft (350 Nm) of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm.  Despite its impressive performance – 133 mph top speed and zero to 62 mph in just nine seconds – combined consumption is 42.8 mpg (40.9 DSG).  Carbon dioxide emissions are measured at 174 g/km for the six-speed manual and 182 for the DSG.

All Volkswagen diesel engines meet the most stringent environmental standards, with low emissions of particulate matter (PM).  However, this engine goes one stage further with the fitment of a diesel particulate filter (DPF), designed to minimise remaining traces of PM.  This DPF is self-regenerating and requires no routine maintenance.

Gearboxes

Six-speed manual

The entry-level 1.6-litre 102 PS engine comes as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox.  All other FSI and TDI Touran models feature a six-speed gearbox.  A greater spread of ratios not only benefits fuel consumption, it also makes the Touran more responsive.  These gearboxes are filled with lifetime oil and need no routine maintenance.

This transmission has a magnesium shift housing, is cable-operated and has short lever movements, with three-cone synchromesh for the lower gears ensuring a pleasant shift action.  Reduced-friction bearings further increase the gearbox’s efficiency and cut fuel consumption.

DSG – Direct Shift Gearbox

Available as an option in conjunction with the two 2.0-litre TDI engines is a six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).  DSG is a true innovation, combining the comfort of an automatic gearbox with the agility and economy of a manual unit. 

The six-speed, transversely mounted DSG has two wet clutches (offering a higher thermal load tolerance than dry clutches) with hydraulic pressure regulation.  One clutch controls the ‘odd’ gears plus reverse, while the other operates the ‘even’ gears.  Essentially it is two gearboxes in one.

With this new clutch management system, the breaks in power that are typical of even an automatic-shift manual gearbox no longer occur.  This is achieved by an intelligent hydraulic and electronic (mechatronic) gearbox control system, the two wet-type clutches and the two input and output shafts in each half of the gearbox.

This combination enables the next-higher gear ratio to remain engaged but on standby until it is actually selected.  In other words, if the car is being driven in third gear, fourth is selected but not yet activated.  As soon as the ideal shift point is reached, the clutch on the third-gear side opens, the other clutch closes and fourth gear engages under accurate electronic supervision.  Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gearshift results and the entire shift process is completed in less than four-hundredths of a second.

Seven-speed DSG

The 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS Touran is available with a seven-speed DSG transmission.  This uses a pair of dry clutches (as opposed to the wet ones in the six-speed version) to improve fuel efficiency and performance. The pair of dry, organic bonded friction linings do not require cooling, making the drivetrain more efficient through the extra gear ratio and the fact that less power is required for the gear selection and clutch servo system.  Measuring only 369 mm in length and weighing only 79 kg including the dual-mass flywheel the gearbox is remarkably compact.

In adopting seven-speeds, Volkswagen engineers were able to lower first gear to improve acceleration from a standstill.  By contrast seventh gear has been raised to act as an overdrive function making it ideal for motorway driving with the additional effect of further improving economy and comfort levels.

The volume of oil contained within the gearbox has also been reduced by 75 per cent.  The lubrication circuits are divided into two to maintain the purity of the oil.  As with a conventional manual gearbox, one of the circuits is used for cooling and lubrication of the gear teeth, the second feeds oil to the gear actuators.  Since the clutch does not require cooling the quantity of oil has been reduced from seven litres in the six-speed DSG gearbox to only 1.7-litres in the new seven-speed system.

It should be noted that both DSG gearboxes are application specific.  The six-speed version can be paired with high torque engines (up to 350 Nm) while the seven-speed variant is more effective in combination with smaller engines with torque outputs of up to 250 Nm.

Servicing
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Touran.  They can choose Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its use.

Time and Distance Servicing is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in:

  • Predominantly city centre driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking

In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months.

LongLife Servicing is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys. The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner. In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service. A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed.

With the LongLife system, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 18,000 miles (approx) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes. An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s life, it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

RUNNING GEAR

The arrival of the first generation Touran heralded a new era in suspension design for Volkswagen.  It featured a completely new four-link independent rear suspension system – a version of which was then developed for the fifth generation Golf – and a strut-type front suspension arrangement.  This successful set-up has been maintained for the latest generation car.

Front axle

The Touran’s front wheels are located by spring struts and lower wishbones attached to the central subframe.  A key element of the system, designed to optimise the acoustic and dynamic properties of the Touran, is an aluminium subframe which is attached to the body at six points.  The lateral control arms, anti-roll bar and steering are pre-assembled on this subframe during production, so that precise steering and suspension geometry is achieved.  The lateral control arms pivot on rubber bushings with new settings that allow a controlled degree of lateral compliance at the wheel for supple ride quality.  Body roll is reduced – with no sacrifice in ride comfort – by attaching the front anti-roll bar directly to the suspension struts.

Rear axle

The Touran’s four-link rear suspension is aimed at achieving a combination of dynamism and ride comfort unmatched in this market segment.  The compact four-link layout features three lateral control arms – the spring mounting, the track rod and the upper control arm – and a trailing link at each wheel.  Suspension assemblies are attached to the body by way of a rear-axle subframe and, as at the front, rubber-and-metal mountings that are soft in torsion but stiff radially are used to ensure that the anti-roll bar responds immediately and suppresses body roll effectively.

The spring and damper on each side are located separately; the spring bears directly on the trailing link and the damper unit is attached to the wheel hub assembly.  The suspension geometry on the compression stroke generates a toe steering effect that maintains neutral behaviour or slight understeer in all driving and load-carrying situations.  One of the benefits of the wide spacing apart of the damper units is to permit maximum through-loading width in the load area. 

Electro-mechanical power steering

The Touran was also the first Volkswagen and car in its class to benefit from electro-mechanical power steering.  Unlike previous similar steering systems, the Touran’s is able to vary the steering feel to suit the speed and driving situation: firm and direct when driving hard, effort less at parking speeds.  Other advantages of the system include its mild self-centring action, its ability to compensate for different driving hazards such as crosswinds and steep road cambers, and a beneficial effect on fuel economy.

Braking system

Disc brakes are employed on all four wheels.  The front discs are ventilated and 288 mm in diameter; the rear discs have a 260 mm diameter.  Standard equipment on all Tourans is Volkswagen’s Electronic Stabilisation Programme with counter steering support, which includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic differential lock (EDL), traction control (ASR) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) with counter-steering support

Standard on every Touran is ESP, a sophisticated system that automatically senses any tendency for the car to slide.  Should this situation occur, ESP reacts by applying the brakes to one, two, three or all four wheels and adjusts the engine’s power.  This can be useful if a tendency to under- or oversteer develops in a bend.  In such circumstances ESP can help prevent the car skidding or spinning off the road and is particularly helpful in wet or icy conditions. 

The new Touran also benefits from the addition of counter-steering support which can help reduce stopping distances by around ten per cent.  To explain this, it is necessary to look at two scenarios, when the car is travelling along a road surface with different friction coefficients (a μ-Split to use the correct technical term), for example, winter conditions with half the lane dry and half with patches of snow, and the driver swerves to avoid an obstacle:

· With ‘traditional’ ESP: the system prevents the car from skidding by increasing power to the wheels with the most traction (ie on the dry surface) and braking the wheels with the worse friction value (ie on the snow).  The car can not be braked as forcefully as would be possible if the wheels were on the dry surface because ‘over-braking’ would cause one wheel to swerve and the car to fishtail.  This is because the asymmetrically acting braking forces would produce a tendency for the car to rotate in the direction of the side of the driving surface with most grip.  Essentially then, ESP stops the car from skidding but can not use maximum braking forces to bring the car to a stop.

· With counter-steering support: ESP works in the same way as above to prevent the skid.  However, at the point where the braking is applied, the system ‘recognises’ the direction in which the driver must counter-steer in order to decelerate the car without swerving.  This unit commands the electro-mechanical power steering to send a steering ‘pulse’ in the required direction.  The driver perceives this pulse in the steering wheel, despite its small torque of a maximum three Newton metres, then intuitively follows the signal and executes a classic counter-steering manoeuvre.  This stabilising intervention allows the braking pressure to be increased at the wheels with the greatest grip, and as a result the braking distance is reduced.

This counter-steering feature is only possible thanks to the networking of the ESP with the electro-mechanical power steering system.  It is also important to note that at no time does the ESP take over the control of the steering; this remains at all times with the driver.

Hydraulic Brake Assist – HBA

Working in conjunction with the other elements of the braking system, this latest form of HBA recognises from the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed whether it is a ‘normal’ braking situation or an emergency stop.  In the event of an emergency stop, HBA increases braking pressure, activating ABS and ensuring the level of braking meets the needs of the conditions.  The application of brake assist makes it possible even for unskilled drivers to reduce braking distances by around 25 per cent.   

EQUIPMENT AND TRIM

The Touran is offered in two different trim levels, S and Match.  Key items of specification for all models are shown below:

S 1.6-litre 102 PS
S 1.9-litre TDI 90 PS
S 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), including ASR (traction control) and EDL (Electronic Differential Lock)
  • driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch; driver and front passenger side airbags
  • curtain airbag system for front and second row passengers
  • three-point seatbelts and head restraints for all rear passengers
  • Isofix seat preparation for outer seats of second row
  • driver and front passenger’s whiplash optimised head restraints
  • semi-automatic air conditioning
  • transponder-based electronic engine immobiliser; remote central locking
  • front electric windows
  • lockable and illuminated glovebox
  • multi-function computer
  • RCD 210 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with four speakers
  • cruise control
  • body-coloured bumpers and door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • black roof rails
  • height and reach adjustable steering column; driver’s seat height adjustment
  • 6½J x 15 ‘Misano’ alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
  • tyre repair kit (seven-seat models only)

S 1.9-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology

Over standard S specification, and to help it achieve enhanced economy and emissions figures, the Touran BlueMotion Technology also features: 

  • 6J x 15 steel wheels with 195/65 R15 low rolling resistance tyres
  • multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • Diesel Particulate Filter
  • sports suspension, lowered by approx. 15 mm
  • unique BlueMotion Technology badging at the rear

Match 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS
Match 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS
Match 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS
Match 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS

Match trim adds the following features:

  • alarm with interior protection
  • rear electric windows
  • front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • storage pockets on the back of the front seats
  • 12V socket for second row of seats
  • front comfort seats with height and lumbar adjustment
  • hill hold function
  • multifunction computer
  • leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip
  • RNS 310 touchscreeen navigation/radio system including dash-mounted MP3 compatible CD player with eight speakers, five-inch colour screen, SD card reader and AUX-in socket for connection to external multimedia source
  • Multi Device Interface (MDI) with USB and iPod connection cables
  • parking sensors, front and rear – ultrasonic, audible with audio volume reduction when activated and optical parking display via audio system
  • Park Assist
  • roof rails, anodised chrome finish with black inserts
  • body-coloured door handles, bumpers and bumper strips
  • matt chrome trimmed radiator surround
  • heat insulated tinted glass, 35 per cent from B-pillar back
  • darkened headlight lenses; darkened rear light clusters
  • 6½J x 16 ‘ Perth’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

Match 1.9-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology

Over standard Match specification the Touran BlueMotion Technology also features: 

  • 6½J x 16 ‘ Perth’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 low rolling resistance tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
  • multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • Diesel Particulate Filter
  • sports suspension, lowered by approx. 15 mm

FACTORY-FIT OPTIONS

A number of factory- and retailer-fit options are available on the Touran, allowing buyers further to customise their vehic les.  Many options are only offered on the S specification as the Match is highly specified ‘off the shelf’.  One such option which is standard on Match models is Volkswagen’s innovative Park Assist system.  Other options include an electric tilt/slide sunroof, in-car entertainment upgrade on S models and leather upholstery on Match.  For full details of availability and prices please see the latest price list.

Park Assist

Park Assist is a system which uses a series of sensors mounted on the front, rear and side of the Touran to plot the ideal manoeuvring path into a parallel space either to the right or left of the vehicle.  

When driving at speeds of under around 18 mph and within 0.5 to 1.5 metres of other parked cars, an ultrasonic sensor system detects all parallel parking spaces on the right or left.  A control unit then notifies the driver an appropriate space has been found and calculates the ideal parking path.  Once in the recommended ‘start’ position, the driver engages reverse gear. 

During the parking process the driver has no steering input – he or she simply accelerates and brakes as appropriate.  Once reverse gear is engaged, the whole operation generally takes no more than 15 seconds. 

Parking sensors

For those who do not wish to choose Park Assist but appreciate a little assistance when manoeuvring, a parking distance control system is available on S models (standard on Match).  This system uses four ultrasonic sensors, integrated in the rear bumper, to pinpoint parked vehic les or other objects behind the car.  Automatically activated when reverse gear is selected, the system produces an audible warning signal to guide the driver up to a safe distance to any objects behind.  Not only does this prevent car park knocks, it may also help prevent accidents, for example, if a child runs out behind the car who may not have been seen.

Convenience pack

All Tourans are offered with the option of a Convenience Pack which incorporates a coming/leaving home lighting function to provide illumination to the front door when the lights have been used on a journey; an automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror; and a rain sensor to adjust the windscreen wiper power depending on the amount of moisture on the screen.

RNS 310 satellite navigation/radio system

The Touran Match is supplied as standard with Volkswagen’s RNS 310 satellite navigation system (it is available as an option on S).  The installation uses a touchscreen for fast, intuitive operation of the entertainment and navigation menus and displaying of information. Key features include a CD drive for navigation disc or audio CDs, playback with title display for MP3 files and an integrated SD memory card reader from which files can be retrieved.

The navigation function offers a moving map in the five-inch colour display panel, integrated direction symbols as well as spoken instructions. 

For the navigation to function, rear ABS wheel sensors are used to determine the distance the car has covered and to provide information when the car is turning. Further system components include a solid state magnetic compass concealed under the roof and a three-way roof aerial for radio and GPS (Global Positioning System). The aerial receives signals from the satellites in orbit from which the system is able to calculate the position of the car on the surface of the earth.

SAFETY

Key to its impressive occupant protection is the Touran’s high level of active and passive safety features, many of which have been detailed earlier in this press pack.  They include:

  • ABS with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) on all models
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with counter steering support with EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (traction control)
  • disc brakes (front ventilated discs) on all wheels
  • driver and front passenger front and side airbags
  • front passenger airbag deactivation switch to allow child seat to be safely installed
  • curtain airbag system for front and second row passengers
  • whiplash-optimised head restraints
  • Isofix child seat preparation for the outer seats of the second row
  • three point seatbelts for all five or seven seats
  • when not needed, the middle belt retracts into the roof lining and is anchored there, safely out of the way

In addition to these specific safety features, the Touran’s laser-welded and exceptionally rigid body ensures a high level of protection.  What’s more, the large number of storage areas (up to 35) means all objects can be stowed safely and are less likely to harm occupants if dislodged in an accident.

The Touran’s raised seating position also enhances safety: not only does it improve visibility for the driver, but it also makes it easier for parents to fasten the child’s seatbelt correctly without hunting for the buckle. 

The Touran also features Isofix special child seat fastening points, which are attached to the body of the car and allow an ‘Isofix’ standard seat to be attached on both the left and right sides of the rear seat.  This means the child seat is rigidly attached to the car.  Research has showed that 75 per cent of parents do not correctly thread a seatbelt through a child seat.  The Isofix system renders this process redundant and eliminates any risk of incorrect fitting.  The new seat has two ‘arms’ mounted to its rear that slot straight into the fixing points on the car.  Indicators turn from red to green when the seat is slotted correctly in place.

Euro NCAP test results

The first generation Touran was declared among the safest cars in its class, having achieved five stars in the Euro NCAP tests (European New Car Assessment Programme).  Euro NCAP assesses a car in a frontal impact at 40 mph against a deformable barrier with a 40 per cent body overlap, and a side crash in which the vehicle is struck at 31 mph.  

Not only is it safe for occupants, the Touran also scores well on pedestrian safety, having been awarded three stars in this area of the Euro NCAP tests.  The current Touran retains these results as there have been no significant changes that would affect the car’s safety credentials.

SECURITY

The security systems on the Touran have been developed to be class-leading, an aim backed up by the vehicle achieving five stars for theft of and four stars for theft from in the NCSR (New Car Security Rating) tests. 

Line-up and insurance groups

Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Touran has secured the following insurance group ratings from the ABI (Association of British Insurers):

S

1.6-litre 102 PS                        10E
1.9-litre TDI 90 PS                   11E  
1.9-litre TDI 105 PS                 12E  
1.9-litre TDI B/M Tech 105 PS 12E  

Match

1.4-litre TSI 140 PS                 16E
1.9-litre TDI 105 PS                 12E  
1.9-litre TDI B/M Tech 105 PS 13E
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS                 17E
2.0-litre TDI 170 PS                 21E  

In December 2009, the insurance industry switched from a 1-20 rating system to a 1-50 system.  The new ratings are shown here.

WARRANTIES

The Touran has a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) mechanical warranty.  In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year anti-perforation guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance covering the UK and Europe.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

BLUEMOTION TECHNOLOGY

The latest generation of Volkswagen’s compact MPV, the Touran, was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September 2006 and went on sale in the UK on 5 January 2007.  The BlueMotion model was added in June 2008.

Like its popular predecessor, the Touran offers value for money through comprehensive standard equipment, an advanced range of economical engines and maximum flexibility with a standard seven seats, the rearmost of which can be folded into the floor when not required.

Revised styling, as well as new engines and technical equipment were the key changes for the new Touran. The distinctive Volkswagen ‘face’ was adopted, with new lights similar to those on the Eos coupé cabriolet as well as a new bumper and grille section. At the rear, the lights and bumper were also modified and updated to give a modern look. Inside, the Touran gained new trim and materials, including a stainless steel finish to the dials and upgraded standard equipment.  All models are fitted with a CD player, air conditioning, remote control central locking and cruise control.

Touran BlueMotion Technology

The Touran range was refreshed and simplified in July 2009 and now consists of simply the entry-level S model and a Match trim level.  Alongside these, an economical and low-CO2 emitting variant of both is available and designated ‘BlueMotion Technology’.  From now on, only the very lowest emitting and most economical cars in a range (for example, the Golf hatch at 99 g/km) will be simply known as ‘BlueMotion’.

The Touran BlueMotion Technology combines efficiency with comfort and equipment to create a vehicle that delivers greater economy and fewer emissions, yet which is conventional to drive, service and maintain.  It is fitted with a 1.9-litre TDI engine developing 105 PS and features several systems and modifications to optimise efficiency.

The Touran is renowned for its safety features, and the Touran BlueMotion Technology models are no exception.  All models are fitted standard with front, side and head airbags as well as ABS and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with a new counter-steering feature which improves stability during braking and can reduce stopping distances by up to ten per cent.

KEY FACTS

  • fitted with an efficient 1.9-litre, four cylinder TDI engine developing 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 185 lbs ft of torque at 1,900 rpm and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox
  • capable of returning a combined economy figure of 52.3 mpg while emitting 144 g/km of CO2. The standard 1.9-litre TDI vehicle returns 47.9 mpg and emits 156 g/km of CO2
  • fitted with a 60-litre fuel tank the Touran BlueMotion is granted a theoretical range of over 700 mi les
  • weight saving, aerodynamic improvements and changes to the drivetrain make the economy gains possible
  • a revised engine management system and a reduced idle speed help to increase the engine’s efficiency to allow greater performance while simultaneously using less fuel
  • revised engine is linked to a six speed gearbox with new, longer ratios for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gears to decrease engine speed and improve economy
  • changes to the body of Touran BlueMotion Technology models are subtle in appearance yet extensive with modifications to the underside of the vehicle to smooth off the airflow in conjunction with blanked off sections of the front grille to reduce cooling system drag as less heat is rejected by the engine
  • Touran BlueMotion Technology models also have lower suspension which reduces frontal area and aerodynamic drag
  • multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption is also added to enhance economy
  • Touran BlueMotion Technology is available in both S and Match trim along with unique BlueMotion Technology badging
  • despite the increases in efficiency the levels of equipment on the Touran BlueMotion Technology S remain high with a CD/radio, electric front windows, six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme ( ESP), ABS and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) all fitted as standard
  • Match adds 16-inch alloy wheels, touchscreen radio/navigation system, Park Assist, tinted glass, darkened light lenses, body-coloured bumper strips, side bump strips, door handles and front centre armrest with storage compartment

BLUEMOTION TECHNOLOGY

A new range of vehicles has been developed by Volkswagen that strikes a balance between the highly focussed BlueMotion vehicles and the conventional products on which they are based.  The range, carrying the ‘BlueMotion Technology’ badge, combines efficiency with comfort and equipment to create vehicles that deliver greater economy and produce fewer emissions yet are practical as well as conventional to drive, service and maintain.

The breadth of Volkswagen’s most efficient range continues to grow and offer increased cost benefits.  With a BlueMotion Technology variant currently available on Golf, Golf Plus, Passat, Passat Estate, Eos, Touran, Sharan, Tiguan and Touareg, there is a model to suit most requirements.

HISTORY

The first model to be offered with a BlueMotion badge was the Polo BlueMotion which was launched in the UK in September 2007.  With a combined fuel consumption figure of 74.3 mpg and a carbon dioxide emissions figure of just 99 g/km, it quickly became recognised as a popular choice for those wanting a conventional, practical, stylish and affordable car with class-leading CO2 performance.  Showing how the technology has developed, these impressive figures are now matched by the new Golf BlueMotion.

With the latest Polo, Golf and Passat BlueMotion models, which emit just 87, 99 and 114 g/km of CO2respectively, ‘BlueMotion’ will continue to describe the most fuel and CO2 efficient models in the entire Volkswagen range.

TECHNICAL DETAILS AND COMPARISON DATA

  Touran
1.9-litre 90 PS
6spd manual
Touran
1.9-litre 105 PS 6spd manual
Touran
BlueMotion Technology
1.9-litre 105 PS
6spd manual
Power,
PS @rpm
90 @ 4,000 105 @ 4,000 105 @ 4,000
Torque,
Nm/lbs ft @rpm
210 / 155 @ 1,800 250 / 185 @ 1,900 250 / 185 @ 1,900
Cubic capacity, cc 1,896 1,896 1,896
Combined economy, mpg 47.1 47.9 52.3
CO2 emissions, g/km 157 156 144
       
Gear ratios, :1      
1st gear 3.77 3.77 3.78
2nd gear 2.09 2.09 2.12
3rd gear 1.47 1.47 1.36
4th gear 1.09 1.09 0.97
5th gear 1.11 1.11 0.73
6th gear 0.91 0.91 0.59
Ratio reverse 4.55 4.55 3.60
       
Cd value 0.31 0.31 0.29
Area Cd, m2 2.54 2.54 2.54
Air resistance Cd x Area Cd 0.80 0.80 0.74
       
Unladen weight, kg 1,573 1,573 1,557
Gross vehicle weight, kg 2,160 2,160 2,140

ENGINE

1.9-litre, 1896 cc TDI, 8-valve 4-cyl, 105 PS

The Touran BlueMotion technology models are fitted with a 1.9-litre TDI engine producing 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 185 lbs ft (250 Nm) from 1,900 rpm, coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox which is modified to lengthen the gearing in the middle gears; this decreases engine speed to improve economy.

The engine is fitted with an oxidation catalyst and a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) as standard to reduce oxides of nitrogen and carbon partic les almost to zero while a variable geometry turbocharger is also added to provide high levels of torque from just above idling speed.  Special electronic mapping reduces the idle speed and optimises the engine for economy.  The standing 0 to 62 mph sprint is completed in 13.0 seconds and top speed is 113 mph, slightly higher than the standard car’s 111 mph thanks to aerodynamic optimisation and the fitment of low rolling resistance tyres.  The Touran BlueMotion Technology achieves 52.3 mpg on the combined cycle, meaning it is capable of nearly 700 miles on one tank of fuel, and emits 144 g/km of CO2.

EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The Touran is available in two trim levels – S and Match – and all models feature the following standard equipment:

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation programme), including ASR (traction control) and EDL (Electronic Differential Lock)
  • driver and front passenger front airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch; driver and front passenger side airbags
  • curtain airbag system for front and second row passengers
  • three-point seatbelts and head restraints for all rear passengers
  • Isofix seat preparation for outer seats of second row
  • driver and front passenger’s whiplash optimised head restraints
  • semi-automatic air conditioning
  • transponder-based electronic engine immobiliser; remote central locking
  • front electric windows
  • lockable and illuminated glovebox
  • cruise control; multifunction computer
  • RCD 210 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with four speakers
  • body-coloured bumpers and door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • black roof rails
  • height and reach adjustable steering column; driver’s seat height adjustment
  • 6½J x 15 ‘Misano’ alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres and anti-theft wheels bolts
  • tyre repair kit (seven-seat models only)

The Touran S BlueMotion Technology adds the following equipment:

  • 6J x 15 steel wheels with 195/65 R15 low rolling resistance tyres
  • multifunction computer (Highline), includes visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • sports suspensions, lowered by approx. 15 mm
  • unique ‘BlueMotion Technology’ badging

Among a number of additional features the Touran Match BlueMotion Technology adds the following equipment:

  • 6½J x 16 ‘ Perth’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 low rolling resistance tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
  • heat insulated tinted glass, 35% from B pillar back
  • darkened headlight lenses and rear light clusters; matt chrome trimmed radiator grille surround; anodised chrome roof rails
  • Park Assist, sensor controlled steering aid; parking sensors front and rear
  • RNS 310 touchscreen navigation/radio system including dash-mounted MP3 compatible CD player with eight speakers; Multi Device Interface (MDI) with USB and iPod connection cables
  • front comfort seats with height and lumbar support
  • electric windows, front and rear
  • hill hold function
  • alarm

WARRANTIES

Touran BlueMotion Technology models have the same warranty as all other Touran models.  This means a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) mechanical warranty.  In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year anti-perforation guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance for UK and European breakdown cover.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer. 

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