Touran 2006

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2003, and on sale in the UK on 4 August that year, the Touran is Volkswagen’s compact MPV.  It offers value for money through comprehensive standard equipment, an advanced range of economical engines, and maximum flexibility.

The Touran comes as standard with seven seats, the rearmost two of which can be folded flat into the floor when not required.  However, for those who need slightly more bootspace and who never require more than five seats, a five-seat model is available as a no-cost option.

Equipment is comprehensive, with all models benefiting from ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and ABS; central locking with remote control; CD player; semi-automatic air conditioning; and a height and reach adjustable steering wheel.  The Touran is available with a choice of three petrol and four diesel engines.  All powerplants meet with Euro 4 emissions regulations.

SUMMARY

·  Volkswagen’s compact MPV; sits alongside Sharan and Caravelle

·  On sale in the UK since 4 August 2003

·  Comes as standard with seven seats; the two rearmost seats retract neatly into floor when not required.  Five-seater model also available

·  More interior height than any other car in its class; maximum luggage capacity of 1,989 litres; up to 39 storage areas

·  Length 4,391 mm; width 1,794 mm; height 1,635 mm; wheelbase 2,677 mm

·  Rigid bodyshell with completely new four-link independent rear suspension –     a new system that is also used on the Golf

·  Three petrol units:1.6-litre 102 PS, 1.6-litre 115 PS FSI and 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS; and four diesel engines: 1.9-litre TDI 90 PS, 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS, 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS and 2.0-litre TDI with Diesel Particulate Filter 170 PS.

·  All are Euro 4 compliant

·  FSI features sophisticated direct injection system; TDI range uses proven ‘Pumpe Düse’ or unit injector technology

·  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 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS and 170 PS models.  The 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS model is also available with six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission

·  Comprehensive standard safety features include ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and ABS; three-point safety belts for all occupants; plus full length curtain airbags for front and second

row passengers; and front seat side airbags 

·  Touran scored class-leading five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests       

Market information

The Touran competes in the compact MPV class, a direct rival to cars such as the Renault Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira.  In the UK, this class accounts for around 170,000 units.  Volkswagen UK sold just over 11,500 Tourans in 2004 and just over 12,700 in 2005

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

Diesel accounts for 87 per cent of UK Touran sales, with half of all diesel sales being the 1.9-litre 105 PS TDI.  The most popular trim level is the SE, taking 48 per cent of sales; this is closely followed by the S with 38 per cent.  Overall, the best-selling model is the SE 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS, accounting for 29 per cent of total sales.

The Touran is built at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg. 

DESIGN

Styling

Despite its compact dimensions, which make it easy to drive and manoeuvre, the Touran has a generous amount of interior room.  In fact, it offers class-leading interior height and generous levels of 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 m 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 4,391 mm, very similar to that of the Eos coupé cabriolet (4,407 mm), but it has a longer wheelbase.  Notable styling elements of the new car include the short front and rear body overhangs and the large, wide-opening doors to facilitate entry and egress.

Comparison of Touran and Golf Mk V hatchback:

  Golf Touran
length, mm 4204 4391
width, w/out door mirrors, mm 1759 1794
height, mm 1479 1635
wheelbase, mm 2578 2677
maximum luggage capacity    
w/out rear seat folded, litres 350 695
with rear seat folded, litres 1305 1989

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.

Considerable thought has gone into the design of the tailgate and its action; it opens in two stages, the gas-filled dampers raising it to a height of 1,822 mm initially – ideal for the shorter driver – but it can reach a final height of 1,958 mm. The load area sill is just 557 mm from the ground.

Three trim levels are available: S, SE and Sport.  All have body-coloured bumpers, bumper strips and side bump strips, while SE adds coloured door handles, chrome roof rails and alloy wheels.  Sport models gain amongst other items, 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 new Volkswagen people carrier offers greater versatility, space and passenger comfort than any vehicle in its segment.

Depending on specification, there are up to 39 separate storage areas within the Touran’s interior, and there is a maximum luggage capacity of up to 1,989 litres.

Front seating area

The Touran’s extensive headroom allows the front-seat passengers to sit slightly higher than in a conventional car, affording a better view of the road ahead and a more relaxed sense of space within the passenger compartment.

Both front seats feature active 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.  The two outer seats weigh just 15.9 kg and the centre seat unit 15.7 kg, making their removal an easy and quick operation.

In addition to the generous headroom 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 12-volt 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 seat belts 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.

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.

If desired the Touran can be specified as a five-seat model with the third row of seats removed.

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.

Quality

Volkswagen enjoys a hard won reputation for quality and knows that it must make an even greater commitment in design, materials, development, quality control and many other areas if it is to retain its lead. 

By designing the Touran to make use of some major and minor components including nuts, bolts, washers and fixings used in other Group products, Volkswagen is able to purchase high quality components and materials in bulk.  By saving costs in these areas, Volkswagen has more resource to spend on quality items specific to the Touran such as the body shell and trim components.

ENGINES

The Touran is offered with a choice of seven engines; three petrol units: a 1.6-litre 102 PS and 1.6-litre 115 PS FSI petrol, plus 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 or a 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS unit with Diesel Particulate Filter. 

Petrol engines

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

This four-cylinder in-line 1.6-litre engine 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.

FSI technology

With Volkswagen’s FSI technology, fuel is injected only in the piston’s compression phase, rather than during induction as is the norm, and is placed in the tightly controlled stream of intake air moving towards the spark plug.  Many of the principles used in FSI were inspired by the advanced technology featured in Volkswagen’s TDI engines.

By injecting fuel directly into the cylinder combustion efficiency is improved and, as a result, so is fuel economy. 

1.6-litre FSI, 1598 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 115 PS

Combining smooth performance with good fuel economy, this all-new direct injection petrol engine powers the Touran 1.6-litre FSI.  It develops 115 PS at 5,800 rpm and maximum torque of 114 lbs ft at 4,000 rpm.

TSI technology

Where FSI uses the direct injection of petrol into the combustion chamber to improve efficiency and hence reduce fuel consumption and emissions.  TSI technology takes this further, using – 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 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 10:1 to be used in conjunction with high maximum boost pressure of up to 2.5 bar absolute.  This enables the relatively small engine to use very high gearing to provide exceptional fuel efficiency for a petrol engine, particularly at motorway cruising speeds. 

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

This engine produces 140 PS at 5,600 rpm, offering impressive performance and power whilst still returning an economical 37.7 mpg on the combined cycle, and a CO2 emission of 180 g/km.

Diesel engines

When Volkswagen launched its new generation of TDI engines in 1996, it marked a significant leap forward for diesel technology.  Then at the end of 1999, Volkswagen moved the game on yet further with the launch of ‘Pumpe Düse’ or ‘PD’ technology.  Pumpe Düse translates as ‘unit injector’, a fuel injection system which can operate at pressures of up to 2050 bars or 30,000 psi.

It provides better atomisation of the fuel for high torque and power with low emissions and high fuel efficiency.  These Volkswagen diesels are capable of converting up to 43 per cent of the thermal energy in the fuel into mechanical energy for powering the car, better than for any other liquid-fuelled production car. 

PD technology combines the injector and pump into one unit for each cylinder.  Each unit injector is operated by its own cam on the engine camshaft.  A fine adjustment of the fuel injection process coupled with much higher pressures enables Volkswagen to attain a class-leading position in low fuel consumption, high power and attainment of Euro 4 emissions.

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 at 1,800 rpm, and reaches its top speed of 106 mph in 14.9 seconds.  With a fuel consumption of over 47 mpg, it is a perfect addition to the low-consumption TDI engine line-up.

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

This engine is an adaptation of Volkswagen’s renowned and award-winning 1.9-litre TDI.  The exhaust gases now pass through a two-way oxidating catalytic converter, enabling the engine to comply with Euro 4 emissions legislation. 

With 105 PS at 4,000 rpm, this model returns over 47 mpg on the combined cycle.  Thanks to its 60-litre fuel tank, this means the 1.9 TDI Touran has a theoretical range of over 620 miles.

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

The first Volkswagen turbocharged diesel to combine the innovative 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 of torque available from 1,750 rpm.  Despite its impressive performance, the Touran 2.0-litre returns over 46 mpg on the combined cycle, and complies with the Euro 4 emissions standard.

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.

To lower emissions of oxides of nitrogen still further in order to meet Euro 4 levels, exhaust gas recirculation with a two-way oxidating catalytic converter is fitted. 

The quantity of recirculated exhaust gas is precisely controlled by an electric throttle valve.  In addition, a new generation of unit injector has been developed for the four-valve engine. It is more compact than previously, with a higher part-load injection pressure and superior acoustic properties.

The 2.0-litre TDI’s rapid starting system allows instant starting without a pre-heating period in almost all weathers.

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 of torque at 2,000 rpm.

Despite its impressive performance – 133 mph top speed and 0-62 mph in just nine seconds – combined consumption is over 42 mpg.

All Volkswagen diesel engines meet the most stringent environmental standards, with low emissions of particulate matter (PM).  However, this advanced 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.

This engine can be combined with a six-speed manual or automatic DSG gearbox.

Gearboxes

Six-speed manual

All FSI and TDI Touran models feature a standard six-speed gearbox – a new departure in this market.  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.

Six-speed automatic transmission

Volkswagen Group is so far the only manufacturer to offer a transversely mounted six-speed automatic transmission, which is available in the Touran with the 1.6-litre FSI engine.  The shift programmes vary according to driving conditions, for instance, when climbing a gradient or towing a trailer.  The Tiptronic function (with + and – lever movements) is an alternative for those who wish to select gears manually.  A sport-oriented shift program (‘S’) is also provided for greater agility.  Compared with automatic transmissions with four or five gears, the wider spread of ratios in the six-speed unit reduces noise levels and cuts fuel consumption.

DSG – Direct Shift Gearbox

Also available in the Touran diesel models is the revolutionary direct-shift gearbox (DSG).  The only MPV in the world to be fitted with this sophisticated transmission, the Touran with DSG has six forward gears, and combines the convenience of automatic transmission with the control and economy of a manual gearbox.

Among the outstanding design features of this gearbox are the two wet-type clutches, which withstand higher thermal loads than conventional dry-plate clutches.  Clutch number one is used for the odd-numbered gear ratios and reverse, while clutch number two is for the even-numbered ratios.  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.  Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gear shift results, and the entire gearshift process is completed in only three to four hundredths of a second, no longer than the ‘blink of an eye’.

In addition to its fully-automatic shift mode, DSG has a Tiptronic function to permit manual gear selection. 

Servicing

All Tourans are set to run on variable LongLife servicing times.  The on-board computer informs the driver when the vehicle needs a service or, for example, an oil change.  Rather than having fixed service intervals determined by mileage, 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.  A dashboard display informs the driver when a service is due.  Alternatively, customers can opt for a 10,000 mile or one-year Time and Distance service schedule.

With the LongLife system, it can be possible to drive for up to 20,000 miles or 24 months without a major service.  Customers can choose between LongLife and Time and Distance 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 Touran heralded a new era in suspension design for Volkswagen.  It features 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.

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 a completely new development 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 feel of the steering wheel to suit the speed and driving situation: firm and direct when driving hard, effortless 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 have a 288 mm diameter; the rear discs have a 260 mm diameter.

Standard equipment on all Tourans is the Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), which includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic differential lock (EDL), traction control (ASR) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

Electronic Stabilisation Programme – ESP

Standard on every Touran is ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), 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.  In this way, it is possible that a skid is corrected even before the driver is aware that one has started. 

This can be useful if a tendency to understeer 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.  ESP uses the sensors and systems associated with the traction control system, the electronic differential lock (EDL) and the electronic brakeforce distribution system (EBD).

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 automatically 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 with three different trim levels: S, SE and Sport.

S 1.6-litre 102 PS

S 1.9-litre TDI 90 PS

S 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS

The entry-level Touran is comprehensively equipped as the following list of highlights shows:

·  ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), including ASR (traction control) and EDL (Electronic Differential Lock)

·  ABS anti-lock brakes with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)

·  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 for all rear passengers

·  driver and front passenger’s active head restraints

·  semi-automatic air conditioning

·  transponder-based electronic engine immobiliser; remote central locking

·  front electric windows

·  radio / CD player with four speakers

·  Isofix child seat preparation

·  cruise control

·  body-coloured door handles; chrome 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

SE 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS

SE 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS

SE 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS

SE 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS

SE 2.0-litre TDI DPF 170 PS

The SE adds the following features:

·  alarm with interior protection

·  rear electric windows

·  tinted glass from B pillar back

·  storage pockets on the back of the front seats

·  RCD 500 radio/dash-mounted six-disc CD autochanger with eight speakers

·  front comfort seats with height and lumbar adjustment

·  chrome finish roof rails

·  6½J x 16 ‘Imola’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

Sport 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS

Sport 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS

Sport 2.0-litre TDI DPF 170 PS

The Sport model has the following features in addition to SE:

·  tinted glass from B pillar back; front fog lights

·  leather rimmed steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake grip

·  front sport seats with height and lumbar adjustment

·  2Zone electronic climate control

·  radio / CD player with eight speakers

·  6½J x 16 ‘Mugello’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and anti-theft bolts

FACTORY FIT OPTIONS

A number of factory- and retailer-fit options are available on the Touran, allowing buyers further to customise their vehicles.  These include an electric tilt/slide sunroof, a towbar, alloy wheels, sports suspension, and tinted glass (standard on Sport models).  Leather upholstery is also offered on SE models and above. 

In-car entertainment

The Touran is sold with Volkswagen-designed stereo equipment.  This not only looks at home in the dashboard but is ergonomically designed for ease and safety of operation and maximum security.  All Tourans have a dash-mounted CD player as standard – the SE is fitted with a dash-mounted CD autochanger as standard.  The stereo system can be upgraded to include a dash-mounted six-disc CD autochanger with or without the Volkswagen soundpack and additional speakers.

Multimedia pack

The multimedia pack, which is optional across the range, offers DVD rear seat entertainment shown via the seven-inch screen mounted in the centre of the Touran’s roof.  The multimedia pack is more than just a DVD player however, as CDs and MP3 files can be played on it.  In addition, it can be connected to camcorders and games consoles, making it a versatile package.

Up to three sets of headphones can be connected, all with individual volume controls.  For a more cinematic experience, the sound can also be played through the car’s stereo system.  The DVD unit is located in the front centre armrest and the whole system can be operated by the infrared remote control system.

Cool/warm box

For added convenience on days out, the Touran can be specified with an optional ‘refrigerator’ to keep items warm or cold.  It can be attached firmly to the vehicle floor in place of the centre seat in the rear.  A 12 volt power socket is located in the back, into which the fridge can be plugged.

Bi-Xenon headlights

Like the Passat, the Touran benefits from the option of bi-Xenon headlights which can increase the light from the main beam by up to 250 per cent.  They work as a modular system which provides both a dipped and a main beam, meaning a separate main beam headlight is no longer needed.  Instead, an integrated shutter allows the driver to switch between the dipped and main beam within a fraction of a second.  When the shutter is up, a dipped beam is created; when removed, the full output of the main beam shines through.  Headlamp washers are part of this option package, while the need for separate front fog lights is eliminated.

Parking sensors

Also available across the range is a parking distance control system which simplifies tight parking manoeuvres.  The system uses four ultrasonic sensors, integrated in the rear bumper, to pinpoint parked vehicles 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.

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 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

·  active head restraints to protect against whiplash

·  Isofix child seat preparation for the outer seats of the second row (see below for details)

·  three point seat belts for all five or seven seats

·  when not needed, the middle belt retracts into the roof lining and is anchored there

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 39) 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 seat belt 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. Volkswagen’s research showed that 75 per cent of parents did 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 in place.

Euro NCAP test results

The Touran has been 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. 

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. 

Key features include:

·  an in-cut key which is more difficult to copy

·  free-wheeling mechanism for the door-locks which means if an attempt is made to turn the lock cylinder with a screwdriver, for example, the connection is broken to the door opening mechanism

·  enhanced steering lock clutch to resist forcing

·  protection boxes surrounding door lock mechanisms

·  alternating code, transponder based engine immobiliser

·  alternating code for remote control central locking

·  an advanced alarm which includes interior protection (standard on SE and Sport).  The system is easily armed via the remote control key and causes an LED light mounted next to the driver’s door lock to flash

·  factory-fitted stereo with CD player which is Volkswagen-branded and security coded.  When the car is left switched off, it also has a flashing LED light which acts as a visual deterrent

·  electronic ‘CAN-bus’ system linking central locking, theft protection system, electric windows and mirrors, and internal lighting

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,                       6

1.9-litre TDI 90 PS                   6

1.9-litre TDI 105 PS                 6

SE

1.6-litre 115 PS                        7

1.4-litre TSI 140 PS                 9

1.9-litre TDI 105 PS                  6

2.0-litre TDI 140 PS                  9

2.0-litre TDI DPF 170 PS         12

Sport

1.4-litre TSI 140 PS                 9

2.0-litre TDI 140 PS                 9

2.0-litre TDI DPF 170 PS         12

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.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2003, and on sale in the UK on 4 August that year, the Touran is Volkswagen’s compact MPV.  It offers value for money through comprehensive standard equipment, an advanced range of economical engines, and maximum flexibility.

The Touran comes as standard with seven seats, the rearmost two of which can be folded flat into the floor when not required.  However, for those who need slightly more bootspace and who never require more than five seats, a five-seat model is available as a no-cost option.

Equipment is comprehensive, with all models benefiting from ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and ABS; central locking with remote control; CD player; semi-automatic air conditioning; and a height and reach adjustable steering wheel.  The Touran is available with a choice of three petrol and four diesel engines.  All powerplants meet with Euro 4 emissions regulations.

SUMMARY

·  Volkswagen’s compact MPV; sits alongside Sharan and Caravelle

·  On sale in the UK since 4 August 2003

·  Comes as standard with seven seats; the two rearmost seats retract neatly into floor when not required.  Five-seater model also available

·  More interior height than any other car in its class; maximum luggage capacity of 1,989 litres; up to 39 storage areas

·  Length 4,391 mm; width 1,794 mm; height 1,635 mm; wheelbase 2,677 mm

·  Rigid bodyshell with completely new four-link independent rear suspension –     a new system that is also used on the Golf

·  Three petrol units:1.6-litre 102 PS, 1.6-litre 115 PS FSI and 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS; and four diesel engines: 1.9-litre TDI 90 PS, 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS, 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS and 2.0-litre TDI with Diesel Particulate Filter 170 PS.

·  All are Euro 4 compliant

·  FSI features sophisticated direct injection system; TDI range uses proven ‘Pumpe Düse’ or unit injector technology

·  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 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS and 170 PS models.  The 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS model is also available with six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission

·  Comprehensive standard safety features include ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and ABS; three-point safety belts for all occupants; plus full length curtain airbags for front and second

row passengers; and front seat side airbags 

·  Touran scored class-leading five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests       

Market information

The Touran competes in the compact MPV class, a direct rival to cars such as the Renault Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira.  In the UK, this class accounts for around 170,000 units.  Volkswagen UK sold just over 11,500 Tourans in 2004 and just over 12,700 in 2005

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

Diesel accounts for 87 per cent of UK Touran sales, with half of all diesel sales being the 1.9-litre 105 PS TDI.  The most popular trim level is the SE, taking 48 per cent of sales; this is closely followed by the S with 38 per cent.  Overall, the best-selling model is the SE 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS, accounting for 29 per cent of total sales.

The Touran is built at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg. 

DESIGN

Styling

Despite its compact dimensions, which make it easy to drive and manoeuvre, the Touran has a generous amount of interior room.  In fact, it offers class-leading interior height and generous levels of 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 m 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 4,391 mm, very similar to that of the Eos coupé cabriolet (4,407 mm), but it has a longer wheelbase.  Notable styling elements of the new car include the short front and rear body overhangs and the large, wide-opening doors to facilitate entry and egress.

Comparison of Touran and Golf Mk V hatchback:

  Golf Touran
length, mm 4204 4391
width, w/out door mirrors, mm 1759 1794
height, mm 1479 1635
wheelbase, mm 2578 2677
maximum luggage capacity    
w/out rear seat folded, litres 350 695
with rear seat folded, litres 1305 1989

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.

Considerable thought has gone into the design of the tailgate and its action; it opens in two stages, the gas-filled dampers raising it to a height of 1,822 mm initially – ideal for the shorter driver – but it can reach a final height of 1,958 mm. The load area sill is just 557 mm from the ground.

Three trim levels are available: S, SE and Sport.  All have body-coloured bumpers, bumper strips and side bump strips, while SE adds coloured door handles, chrome roof rails and alloy wheels.  Sport models gain amongst other items, 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 new Volkswagen people carrier offers greater versatility, space and passenger comfort than any vehicle in its segment.

Depending on specification, there are up to 39 separate storage areas within the Touran’s interior, and there is a maximum luggage capacity of up to 1,989 litres.

Front seating area

The Touran’s extensive headroom allows the front-seat passengers to sit slightly higher than in a conventional car, affording a better view of the road ahead and a more relaxed sense of space within the passenger compartment.

Both front seats feature active 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.  The two outer seats weigh just 15.9 kg and the centre seat unit 15.7 kg, making their removal an easy and quick operation.

In addition to the generous headroom 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 12-volt 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 seat belts 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.

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.

If desired the Touran can be specified as a five-seat model with the third row of seats removed.

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.

Quality

Volkswagen enjoys a hard won reputation for quality and knows that it must make an even greater commitment in design, materials, development, quality control and many other areas if it is to retain its lead. 

By designing the Touran to make use of some major and minor components including nuts, bolts, washers and fixings used in other Group products, Volkswagen is able to purchase high quality components and materials in bulk.  By saving costs in these areas, Volkswagen has more resource to spend on quality items specific to the Touran such as the body shell and trim components.

ENGINES

The Touran is offered with a choice of seven engines; three petrol units: a 1.6-litre 102 PS and 1.6-litre 115 PS FSI petrol, plus 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 or a 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS unit with Diesel Particulate Filter. 

Petrol engines

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

This four-cylinder in-line 1.6-litre engine 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.

FSI technology

With Volkswagen’s FSI technology, fuel is injected only in the piston’s compression phase, rather than during induction as is the norm, and is placed in the tightly controlled stream of intake air moving towards the spark plug.  Many of the principles used in FSI were inspired by the advanced technology featured in Volkswagen’s TDI engines.

By injecting fuel directly into the cylinder combustion efficiency is improved and, as a result, so is fuel economy. 

1.6-litre FSI, 1598 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 115 PS

Combining smooth performance with good fuel economy, this all-new direct injection petrol engine powers the Touran 1.6-litre FSI.  It develops 115 PS at 5,800 rpm and maximum torque of 114 lbs ft at 4,000 rpm.

TSI technology

Where FSI uses the direct injection of petrol into the combustion chamber to improve efficiency and hence reduce fuel consumption and emissions.  TSI technology takes this further, using – 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 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 10:1 to be used in conjunction with high maximum boost pressure of up to 2.5 bar absolute.  This enables the relatively small engine to use very high gearing to provide exceptional fuel efficiency for a petrol engine, particularly at motorway cruising speeds. 

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

This engine produces 140 PS at 5,600 rpm, offering impressive performance and power whilst still returning an economical 37.7 mpg on the combined cycle, and a CO2 emission of 180 g/km.

Diesel engines

When Volkswagen launched its new generation of TDI engines in 1996, it marked a significant leap forward for diesel technology.  Then at the end of 1999, Volkswagen moved the game on yet further with the launch of ‘Pumpe Düse’ or ‘PD’ technology.  Pumpe Düse translates as ‘unit injector’, a fuel injection system which can operate at pressures of up to 2050 bars or 30,000 psi.

It provides better atomisation of the fuel for high torque and power with low emissions and high fuel efficiency.  These Volkswagen diesels are capable of converting up to 43 per cent of the thermal energy in the fuel into mechanical energy for powering the car, better than for any other liquid-fuelled production car. 

PD technology combines the injector and pump into one unit for each cylinder.  Each unit injector is operated by its own cam on the engine camshaft.  A fine adjustment of the fuel injection process coupled with much higher pressures enables Volkswagen to attain a class-leading position in low fuel consumption, high power and attainment of Euro 4 emissions.

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 at 1,800 rpm, and reaches its top speed of 106 mph in 14.9 seconds.  With a fuel consumption of over 47 mpg, it is a perfect addition to the low-consumption TDI engine line-up.

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

This engine is an adaptation of Volkswagen’s renowned and award-winning 1.9-litre TDI.  The exhaust gases now pass through a two-way oxidating catalytic converter, enabling the engine to comply with Euro 4 emissions legislation. 

With 105 PS at 4,000 rpm, this model returns over 47 mpg on the combined cycle.  Thanks to its 60-litre fuel tank, this means the 1.9 TDI Touran has a theoretical range of over 620 miles.

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

The first Volkswagen turbocharged diesel to combine the innovative 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 of torque available from 1,750 rpm.  Despite its impressive performance, the Touran 2.0-litre returns over 46 mpg on the combined cycle, and complies with the Euro 4 emissions standard.

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.

To lower emissions of oxides of nitrogen still further in order to meet Euro 4 levels, exhaust gas recirculation with a two-way oxidating catalytic converter is fitted. 

The quantity of recirculated exhaust gas is precisely controlled by an electric throttle valve.  In addition, a new generation of unit injector has been developed for the four-valve engine. It is more compact than previously, with a higher part-load injection pressure and superior acoustic properties.

The 2.0-litre TDI’s rapid starting system allows instant starting without a pre-heating period in almost all weathers.

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 of torque at 2,000 rpm.

Despite its impressive performance – 133 mph top speed and 0-62 mph in just nine seconds – combined consumption is over 42 mpg.

All Volkswagen diesel engines meet the most stringent environmental standards, with low emissions of particulate matter (PM).  However, this advanced 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.

This engine can be combined with a six-speed manual or automatic DSG gearbox.

Gearboxes

Six-speed manual

All FSI and TDI Touran models feature a standard six-speed gearbox – a new departure in this market.  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.

Six-speed automatic transmission

Volkswagen Group is so far the only manufacturer to offer a transversely mounted six-speed automatic transmission, which is available in the Touran with the 1.6-litre FSI engine.  The shift programmes vary according to driving conditions, for instance, when climbing a gradient or towing a trailer.  The Tiptronic function (with + and – lever movements) is an alternative for those who wish to select gears manually.  A sport-oriented shift program (‘S’) is also provided for greater agility.  Compared with automatic transmissions with four or five gears, the wider spread of ratios in the six-speed unit reduces noise levels and cuts fuel consumption.

DSG – Direct Shift Gearbox

Also available in the Touran diesel models is the revolutionary direct-shift gearbox (DSG).  The only MPV in the world to be fitted with this sophisticated transmission, the Touran with DSG has six forward gears, and combines the convenience of automatic transmission with the control and economy of a manual gearbox.

Among the outstanding design features of this gearbox are the two wet-type clutches, which withstand higher thermal loads than conventional dry-plate clutches.  Clutch number one is used for the odd-numbered gear ratios and reverse, while clutch number two is for the even-numbered ratios.  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.  Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gear shift results, and the entire gearshift process is completed in only three to four hundredths of a second, no longer than the ‘blink of an eye’.

In addition to its fully-automatic shift mode, DSG has a Tiptronic function to permit manual gear selection. 

Servicing

All Tourans are set to run on variable LongLife servicing times.  The on-board computer informs the driver when the vehicle needs a service or, for example, an oil change.  Rather than having fixed service intervals determined by mileage, 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.  A dashboard display informs the driver when a service is due.  Alternatively, customers can opt for a 10,000 mile or one-year Time and Distance service schedule.

With the LongLife system, it can be possible to drive for up to 20,000 miles or 24 months without a major service.  Customers can choose between LongLife and Time and Distance 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 Touran heralded a new era in suspension design for Volkswagen.  It features 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.

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 a completely new development 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 feel of the steering wheel to suit the speed and driving situation: firm and direct when driving hard, effortless 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 have a 288 mm diameter; the rear discs have a 260 mm diameter.

Standard equipment on all Tourans is the Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), which includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic differential lock (EDL), traction control (ASR) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

Electronic Stabilisation Programme – ESP

Standard on every Touran is ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), 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.  In this way, it is possible that a skid is corrected even before the driver is aware that one has started. 

This can be useful if a tendency to understeer 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.  ESP uses the sensors and systems associated with the traction control system, the electronic differential lock (EDL) and the electronic brakeforce distribution system (EBD).

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 automatically 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 with three different trim levels: S, SE and Sport.

S 1.6-litre 102 PS

S 1.9-litre TDI 90 PS

S 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS

The entry-level Touran is comprehensively equipped as the following list of highlights shows:

·  ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), including ASR (traction control) and EDL (Electronic Differential Lock)

·  ABS anti-lock brakes with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)

·  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 for all rear passengers

·  driver and front passenger’s active head restraints

·  semi-automatic air conditioning

·  transponder-based electronic engine immobiliser; remote central locking

·  front electric windows

·  radio / CD player with four speakers

·  Isofix child seat preparation

·  cruise control

·  body-coloured door handles; chrome 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

SE 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS

SE 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS

SE 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS

SE 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS

SE 2.0-litre TDI DPF 170 PS

The SE adds the following features:

·  alarm with interior protection

·  rear electric windows

·  tinted glass from B pillar back

·  storage pockets on the back of the front seats

·  RCD 500 radio/dash-mounted six-disc CD autochanger with eight speakers

·  front comfort seats with height and lumbar adjustment

·  chrome finish roof rails

·  6½J x 16 ‘Imola’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

Sport 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS

Sport 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS

Sport 2.0-litre TDI DPF 170 PS

The Sport model has the following features in addition to SE:

·  tinted glass from B pillar back; front fog lights

·  leather rimmed steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake grip

·  front sport seats with height and lumbar adjustment

·  2Zone electronic climate control

·  radio / CD player with eight speakers

·  6½J x 16 ‘Mugello’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and anti-theft bolts

FACTORY FIT OPTIONS

A number of factory- and retailer-fit options are available on the Touran, allowing buyers further to customise their vehicles.  These include an electric tilt/slide sunroof, a towbar, alloy wheels, sports suspension, and tinted glass (standard on Sport models).  Leather upholstery is also offered on SE models and above. 

In-car entertainment

The Touran is sold with Volkswagen-designed stereo equipment.  This not only looks at home in the dashboard but is ergonomically designed for ease and safety of operation and maximum security.  All Tourans have a dash-mounted CD player as standard – the SE is fitted with a dash-mounted CD autochanger as standard.  The stereo system can be upgraded to include a dash-mounted six-disc CD autochanger with or without the Volkswagen soundpack and additional speakers.

Multimedia pack

The multimedia pack, which is optional across the range, offers DVD rear seat entertainment shown via the seven-inch screen mounted in the centre of the Touran’s roof.  The multimedia pack is more than just a DVD player however, as CDs and MP3 files can be played on it.  In addition, it can be connected to camcorders and games consoles, making it a versatile package.

Up to three sets of headphones can be connected, all with individual volume controls.  For a more cinematic experience, the sound can also be played through the car’s stereo system.  The DVD unit is located in the front centre armrest and the whole system can be operated by the infrared remote control system.

Cool/warm box

For added convenience on days out, the Touran can be specified with an optional ‘refrigerator’ to keep items warm or cold.  It can be attached firmly to the vehicle floor in place of the centre seat in the rear.  A 12 volt power socket is located in the back, into which the fridge can be plugged.

Bi-Xenon headlights

Like the Passat, the Touran benefits from the option of bi-Xenon headlights which can increase the light from the main beam by up to 250 per cent.  They work as a modular system which provides both a dipped and a main beam, meaning a separate main beam headlight is no longer needed.  Instead, an integrated shutter allows the driver to switch between the dipped and main beam within a fraction of a second.  When the shutter is up, a dipped beam is created; when removed, the full output of the main beam shines through.  Headlamp washers are part of this option package, while the need for separate front fog lights is eliminated.

Parking sensors

Also available across the range is a parking distance control system which simplifies tight parking manoeuvres.  The system uses four ultrasonic sensors, integrated in the rear bumper, to pinpoint parked vehicles 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.

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 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

·  active head restraints to protect against whiplash

·  Isofix child seat preparation for the outer seats of the second row (see below for details)

·  three point seat belts for all five or seven seats

·  when not needed, the middle belt retracts into the roof lining and is anchored there

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 39) 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 seat belt 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. Volkswagen’s research showed that 75 per cent of parents did 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 in place.

Euro NCAP test results

The Touran has been 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. 

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. 

Key features include:

·  an in-cut key which is more difficult to copy

·  free-wheeling mechanism for the door-locks which means if an attempt is made to turn the lock cylinder with a screwdriver, for example, the connection is broken to the door opening mechanism

·  enhanced steering lock clutch to resist forcing

·  protection boxes surrounding door lock mechanisms

·  alternating code, transponder based engine immobiliser

·  alternating code for remote control central locking

·  an advanced alarm which includes interior protection (standard on SE and Sport).  The system is easily armed via the remote control key and causes an LED light mounted next to the driver’s door lock to flash

·  factory-fitted stereo with CD player which is Volkswagen-branded and security coded.  When the car is left switched off, it also has a flashing LED light which acts as a visual deterrent

·  electronic ‘CAN-bus’ system linking central locking, theft protection system, electric windows and mirrors, and internal lighting

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,                       6

1.9-litre TDI 90 PS                   6

1.9-litre TDI 105 PS                 6

SE

1.6-litre 115 PS                        7

1.4-litre TSI 140 PS                 9

1.9-litre TDI 105 PS                  6

2.0-litre TDI 140 PS                  9

2.0-litre TDI DPF 170 PS         12

Sport

1.4-litre TSI 140 PS                 9

2.0-litre TDI 140 PS                 9

2.0-litre TDI DPF 170 PS         12

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.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

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