Touran

INTRODUCTION: 
Families have a very clear idea of what a vehicle perfectly tailored to their needs should offer. With their children on board, they need space – a lot of space for a comfortable life on the move. They also need lots storage and tray tables. And the car needs to have class-leading safety features.

Volkswagen had all of this in mind when developing the latest Touran, a vehicle that’s a true all-rounder. Whether it’s a trip to a football pitch, a drive to school or a holiday excursion – the Touran is now the most popular MPV in Europe with 112,000 sold across the continent in 2016.

What’s more, because it’s so practical, parents whose children have already left home also like it, as does any driver who enjoys sitting comfortably in a high up position, and who values the type of versatility and intuitive ease of use that the Touran is able to offer.

More than two million people have opted to purchase a Touran since its debut in 2003. This latest generation of the MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) was launched in 2015. It was improved and made more efficient in every way – an MPV with systematically implemented perfect attention to detail to ensure it stands alone in the compact A-MPV segment.

The Touran now sits on Volkswagen’s versatile and effective MQB platform that boasts maximum interior space on the smallest possible footprint plus the highest level of safety, convenience, comfort and connectivity in the compact MPV class.

Expanded interior space (63 mm longer than the previous model) and cargo capacity (an additional 48 litres in the 5-seater version) enable the Touran to come as standard with seven seats. A new easy-to-use fold-flat seating system allows the two rearmost seats to be folded flat into the floor to maximise bootspace. The middle row of seats also fold flat when not needed. Access to the rearmost seats is also now easier thanks to the new design.

The expanded interior combines with a lower weight (reduced by 62 kg) and revised range of efficient, advanced engines. The Touran gets a simple line-up of petrol and diesel engines, with either 115 or 150 PS. A three-cylinder, 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine kicks off the range, as does a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder TDI. Both have 115 PS. A 2.0-litre diesel is available from SE spec and above, and has 150 PS, while range-topping SEL and R-Line trims are exclusively offered with this engine and a 150 PS, 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit. All but one of these engines are available with a choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes, while the 1.0-litre TSI unit is available with the six-speed manual transmission only.

There are five trim levels that make the complete Touran range. These start with the S model, which includes ABS, airbags, Electronic Stability Control and Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. The Composition Media infotainment system includes a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, a hill hold function and manual air conditioning.

The range continues with the Touran SE, which adds ‘Karlstad’ alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, parking sensors and a variety of other styling and technical equipment. The SE Family model features cruise control and Volkswagen’s Discover Navigation system and other equipment, while the Touran SEL includes 3Zone climate control and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Sitting at the top of the Touran tree is the R-Line, which has 18-inch ‘Marseille’ alloy wheels and sporty front and rear bumpers, plus a rear diffuser, side skirts and unique radiator grille. ‘Race’ seats work with the black rooflining and ‘R-Line’ door sill protectors to complete the Touran R-Line look.

It is clear that the latest Touran’s perfectly detailed solutions are what make it so unique.

SUMMARY

  • Unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in March 2015, 12 years after the first Touran went on sale.  Over two million have found homes worldwide, with over 100,000 of those sold in the UK. New model was available to order in the UK from September ’15. Deliveries started December ‘15
  • This generation Touran was all-new and based on the MQB platform; it boasts maximum interior space on the smallest possible footprint plus the highest level of safety, convenience, comfort and connectivity in the compact MPV class
  • The Touran is larger than the model it replaces and these increased dimensions translate directly into more interior space. Its dimensions are built on a 2,791 mm wheelbase (+113 mm): 4,527 mm long (+130 mm) 1,814 mm wide (+41 mm) and 1,628 mm high (-6 mm).  Despite this, the Touran’s kerbweight has been reduced by 62 kg
  • In the UK, the Touran comes as standard with seven seats. A new easy-to-use fold-flat seating system allows the two rearmost seats to be folded flat into the floor to maximise bootspace. The middle row of seats also folds flat when not needed. Access to the rearmost seats is also now easier thanks to the new design
  • Generous luggage volume: 917 litres (loaded to roof with rearmost seats in place), rising to 1,857 litres with the middle three seats folded. Up to 47 storage compartments means there’s somewhere to store everything!
  • Latest Touran’s cabin has been completely redesigned with extra space (interior length up 63 mm to 1,779 mm) and a more driver-oriented dashboard layout puts everything in easy reach
  • In the UK the Touran is offered with a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines, with power outputs ranging from 110 to 190 PS. All are Euro6 compliant and up to 19 per cent more efficient than the engines they replace
  • Petrol options are a 1.2-litre 110 PS TSI with a six-speed manual gearbox and a 1.4-litre 150 PS which is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox
  • Diesels are a 2.0-litre 115 PS with a seven-speed DSG, a 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS with six-speed manual or DSG, and the range-topping 2.0-litre TDI with 190 PS and standard six-speed DSG ’box. The SE 1.6-litre TDI is the most popular model
  • Five trim levels are offered: S, SE, SE Family, SEL and R-Line. Highlights on the entry-level S include automatic post-collision braking and pre-crash systems, seven airbags, Composition Media system with DAB and Bluetooth, air conditioning, roof rails and seven seats
  • Moving up to SE adds 16-inch alloys, Front Assist with City emergency braking function, front and rear parking sensors and rain sensor. The SE Family trim debuted with this generation and features family-friendly elements such as an extra-large panoramic sunroof with integrated lighting, three-zone Climatronic air conditioning, Discover Navigation with Car Net Guide & Inform and a cargo management system
  • SEL adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Profile Select and App Connect among other items, while R-Line adds sporty styling inside and out and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • The Touran is available with a huge variety of optional extras, as you would expect of any car built on the MQB platform. Examples include Trailer Assist, Park Assist, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Keyless Entry and Easy Open
  • Particularly apt for a car in this niche and new for the Touran with this generation are the following features:
    • No cricked necks… Cam Connect: allows you to fix a Go Pro® camera in the car, images of which are then displayed on the touchscreen so you can see what’s happening in the back without turning round is using MirrorLink™
    • No more shouting… Electronic voice amplification: enables much easier communication between passengers in different seating rows than ever before by using the in-car phone microphones and infotainment system speakers
    • Only connect… Touran is available with Car Net Guide and Inform, App Connect which can integrate CarPlay™ (Apple) and Android Auto™ (Google) and MirrorLink™
    • Breathe easy… Pure Air Climatronic system with filtering technology: an active biogenic filter maintains air quality at a consistently high level by preventing the infiltration of pollutants, including allergens and fungal spores, into the cabin
    • Light bulb moment… the cargo area light can be removed and used as a torch
  • The Touran continues to be built at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg factory in Germany
  • In 2018, Volkswagen UK sold just under 3,750 Tourans, with around a 50:50 fleet:retail split. Around 70 per cent of Tourans have a manual gearbox; 90 per cent are diesel-powered

PRODUCTION
The Touran is produced at Volkswagen’s plant in Wolfsburg. Volkswagen’s factory grounds in Wolfsburg occupy an area of more than 3.7 square miles. The one square mile taken up by factory buildings could comfortably contain the Principality of Monaco. The network of roads linking the individual production facilities, storage halls, administration buildings and external facilities, is 46.6 miles long, while the plant’s rail network totals 43.5 miles, on which seven locomotives and two shunting robots operate.

The world’s largest single car-manufacturing complex produces the Golf, Golf Estate, Touran and Tiguan. About 809,000 vehicles rolled off the assembly lines in 2016. Apart from car production, component manufacture is another cornerstone of activities at Wolfsburg. The components produced here, including drive shafts and injection-moulded parts, are used in vehicle production in Wolfsburg and at other Group plants.

With its ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ initiative, the Volkswagen brand set itself clear targets for the environmentally sustainable positioning of all its plants. The aim was to reduce the environmental impact of all Volkswagen plants by 25 per cent by 2018, but this was achieved by July 2016. Specifically, this means 25 per cent lower energy and water consumption, waste volumes and emissions at all plants. It was achieved via the introduction of 5,000 individual measures, which will collectively save far more than 100 million euros.

In line with ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ the Wolfsburg plant has introduced the Modular Production System (MPB), which will make production more environmentally compatible. Another contribution to sustained energy saving is the Energy Path which features a large number of practical examples showing precisely where and how energy can be saved. These include an electric vehicle recharging station with photovoltaic panels and wind turbine and the optimisation of heating pumps featuring demand-oriented control to save energy.

The two power stations operated in Wolfsburg by Volkswagen Kraftwerk GmbH generate power and heat not only for the Volkswagen plant, but also the city of Wolfsburg. The two power stations have a power generating capacity of 442 megawatts. This combined heat and power system converts 53.3 per cent of the heat in the fuel into usable energy against a maximum of 38 per cent for a normal coal-fired power station (source: Department of Energy and Climate Change).

Every day, around 150 double-deck rail cars and about 160 transporter trucks leave the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg with a cargo of some 2,600 vehicles. Incoming deliveries from around 1,900 suppliers arrive at the plant in about 150 or so rail carriages and 700 trucks.

DESIGN
The MQB platform allows for optimal packaging. Here, the maximum utilisation of a minimum vehicle footprint, with all the associated practical advantages for driving and manoeuvring, is made possible by the innovative Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Thanks to the optimum packaging enabled by the MQB, the increase in the vehicle's overall length could be applied to an unusually large extent to the wheelbase, which at 2,791 mm is now 113 mm longer than that of the previous model. The longer wheelbase directly increases the usable interior space.

The galvanised body of the Touran is 1,814 mm wide (an increase of 41 mm on the previous model; not including exterior mirrors) and 1,628 mm high (a decrease of 6 mm; not including roof rails). The increased length and width and the reduced height give the vehicle considerably more dynamic-looking proportions – and provided an excellent opportunity for the designers to exercise their creativity.

Body design
The design of the Touran has been completely reworked. The Touran’s powerful and precise lines pick up the reductive clarity of the previous model. At the same time, the design concept was significantly further refined, and even reinvented in some cases, in order to give the vehicle a sharper look while retaining a strong underlying continuity, which is similar to what was done with the Multivan. What emerges is an original with an enhanced and noticeably lighter and sportier look, thanks to the long side windows and precise lines. Volkswagen was also able to improve the aerodynamics in the Touran further, whereby the aerodynamic drag coefficient has been reduced to 0.296 – an extraordinarily good Cd value for an MPV.

The more dynamic proportions, the expressive Volkswagen design language and the aerodynamic perfection achieved combine to give the Touran a sporty, powerful and modern air. With its increased overall length and longer wheelbase, the Touran also now appears considerably sleeker and more grown-up. The designers refined the overall shape of the previous body, giving it a more commanding aura by adding modern, sculptured surfaces which create dramatic interplays of light and shade and precise horizontal lines. For all its heightened proportions and increased dynamism, the outward appearance of the Touran remains faithful to its intrinsic character – that of a practical, high-quality MPV that offers plenty of room for ensuring comfortable long journeys.

Front
The distinctive details of the Touran’s ‘face’ – the front section – lend it an unmistakable depth of class. The front is organised into a number of detailed horizontal sections that help to emphasise the sense of width. The lines all complement each other logically and harmoniously. For example, the cross pieces of the radiator grille extend naturally into the headlights to form a single, cohesive element. The headlights themselves are much slimmer than those of the previous model, and have a more three-dimensional shape; they also provide a common theme that unifies the front and the side sections.

Furthermore, the Touran was the first Volkswagen MPV to offer LED headlights as an option. The Touran is characterised throughout by fine, carefully executed details. At the front, these include the slim lower breather opening, which serves to accentuate the Touran's width and low centre of gravity.

Silhouette
Powerful wheel arches and horizontal lines form the visual accents at the sides of the vehicle. The window design is noticeably flatter and more stylish than in the previous model, extending once again from the A-pillar all the way back to the D-pillar. The new proportions of this glass surface, the more distinct areas around the A-pillar and D-pillar, and the glossy B-pillar and narrower C-pillar all add to the sense of exclusivity. The Touran is refined with smart chrome trim around the windows on SEL models.

Below the side windows is a precisely contoured shoulder line starting above the front wheel arch and extending to the D-pillar – another feature that emphasises the length of the Touran. An additional eye-catching highlight of the silhouette is the character line, into which the door handles are precisely incorporated. From the side, this gives the impression that the line and door handles are merged in one single strip. The character line is a classic style feature of the Volkswagen brand, one that effectively demarcates surfaces. In the Touran, it starts at the side profile of the headlight at the height of the A-pillar and continues through to its conclusion at the freshly designed tail light cluster. Another characteristic feature of the brand, the D-pillar, has also been given a more powerful and dynamic design than in the previous model. A distinctive angle in the outline of the side window and the elegant descent of the roof line give it a flatter and therefore sportier appearance than before.

Last but not least, the Touran has very charismatic side sills, which create an impression of stability and reinforce the silhouette's commanding air.

Rear
The character line draws the distinctive rear section of the Touran naturally into the overall design. Level with the Volkswagen badge, another line flows into the tail light cluster (LED lights are available as an option) and forms an aerodynamic trailing edge. The number plate frame is a downward-facing trapezium that complements the sweep of the tail light clusters far into the vehicle silhouette, adding to the sense of width and giving a pleasant appearance to the rear.

The narrow tail light clusters blend harmoniously into the linear framework of the rear. The light signature displays a segment specific graphic; the reflectors are positioned low and wide, effectively shifting the visual centre of gravity downwards. Rounding off the rear section is the stylised black diffuser.

Interior
An MPV can only be successful if the interior meets the demands of everyone on board. Since day one, the secret of the Touran’s success has been its interior, which has now been further refined for the latest generation of this best-selling MPV. Not one aspect of the previous model was left untouched in the process, which also included enhancements to quality and ergonomics. The new fold-flat seating system plays a key role in this, allowing the three individual seats in the second row and the two individual seats in the third row to be folded down in a matter of seconds to create a perfectly level continuous floor.

Utilisation of the full luggage space of up to 1,857 litres (loaded roof-high up to the front seat backrests of the 7-seater) is made possible by easy-to-use lugs for folding down the backrests of the second row and third row seats and lowering the whole seats flat into the luggage compartment floor, where they form a continuous, level load platform. In other words, all seats stay inside the vehicle and are simply folded flat to create space as needed.

With the second seat row, it is easy to do this from the side; the third row can also be easily folded down or up, access in this case being from the luggage compartment.

GEARBOXES
Six- and seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes (DSG)

With the exception of the base engine (1.2 TSI), all engines for the Touran can be paired with either a 6-speed or 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Besides the number of forward gears, other technical aspects differentiating the DSG versions include the clutch type. While two dry clutches are used in the 7-speed DSG, the 6-speed DSG has a dual clutch that runs in an oil bath.

SUSPENSION
The Touran is equipped with an improved McPherson strut type suspension on the front axle. Here, coil springs and telescoping dampers are integrated as a unit into the spring struts. The wheels are suspended by spring struts and lower wishbones with a trackstabilising scrub radius. The four-link suspension with independent wheel suspension in the rear offers a high level of comfort combined with agile and safe handling and is equipped with oil pressure shock absorbers that use separate springs. Anti-roll bars are utilised at the front and rear. The Touran can also be optionally equipped with the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system that includes Driver Profile Selection. DCC allows the driver to choose Sport, Comfort or Normal suspension settings. A sport suspension set-up is also available as an option, which lowers the body by 15 mm.

The Touran comes with a particularly durable braking system as standard equipment. This system includes ABS, Brake Assist, ESC and an electronic parking brake. The front brake discs are internally ventilated.

SERVICING
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Touran. They can choose Fixed or Flexible Service, and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

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

  • Predominantly urban 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.

Flexible Service 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 Flexible system, the vehicle can cover between 10,000 and 20,000 miles (approx.) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes. An inspection service is typically due in the second year of ownership or at 20,000 miles and thereafter every one year or 20,000 miles.

Customers can choose between servicing regimes 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.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Touran S

Features the following standard equipment:
WHEELS AND SUSPENSION
6½J x 16-inch steel wheels with 205/60 R16 tyres
Full size wheel trims
Tyre mobility kit including compressor and sealing foam (not SEL models)

EXTERIOR
Black front air intake and radiator grille
Body-coloured bumpers, front and rear
Body-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators incorporating LED technology
Body-coloured exterior door handles
Chrome-plated radiator grille louvre inserts
Galvanised body
‘Gloss Black’ B-pillar
Halogen clear headlights, range adjustable with daytime running lights
Rear screen wash/wipe with intermittent wipe
Roof rails, black
Windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe
Function

INTERIOR
Cup holders, front x 2
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Glovebox, illuminated
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Instrument lighting, white adjustable panel illumination with red night-time illumination
Interior light delay
Leather trimmed gear knob (DSGs model only)
Load lashing points x 4, in luggage compartment
Luggage compartment cover, retractable and removable
Luggage compartment light, 3rd row
‘Light Cortina Silver’ decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors
Media box in dashboard, passenger side
Multiple storage compartments in passenger and luggage areas
Reading lights, front x 2, rear x 2
Seating
– Upholstery – ‘Charlie’ cloth
– Driver’s seat height adjustment
– Leatherette on rear of both front seats
– Low tunnel second row seat
– 3 single seats in the second row with forward and backward adjustments, foldable
– 2 single seats in the third row, can be folded flush into floor of luggage compartment
Storage compartments in all doors (for 1.5 litre bottles in front doors and 1.0 litre bottles in rear doors)
Storage compartments in roof console
12V socket in luggage compartment

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Composition Media system
– 6.5-inch colour touchscreen
– Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
– Car information display
– DAB digital radio receiver
– MDI (Multi Device Interface), via USB connection – compatible products only
– Music playback from MP3, WMA and AAC files
– SD card reader
– Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
– Single CD player
– SMS functionality – read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display (when stationary; compatible Android smartphones only)
– ‘Think Blue. Trainer.’ - driver tips and journey analysis
– Title and cover art display
– USB connection (compatible products only)
– 4 x 20 watt output
– 8 speakers, front and rear

SAFETY AND SECURITY
ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
Airbags
– Curtain airbag system, for front and second row passengers
– Driver’s and front passenger’s airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch
– Driver’s knee airbag
– Front seat side impact airbags
Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
Disc brakes, front and rear
Driver’s and front passenger’s safety optimised head restraints
Electronic engine immobiliser
ESC (Electronic Stability Control) including
EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)
Front three-point seat belts with height adjustment
High level 3rd brake light
Isofix child seat preparation, all rear seats second and third row
Misfuel prevention device for diesel engines
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Two-tone horn
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Warning buzzer and light for front and second row seat belts if unfastened
Warning triangle and first aid kit
XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling
3 three-point seat belts in the second row, with height adjustment on outer seats
2 three-point seat belts in the third row
5 rear head restraints 

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Air conditioning, manual
Electric windows, front and rear
Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors

DRIVER’S ASSISTANCE
Battery regeneration (recuperation – energy recovery during braking)
Electronic parking brake – with auto hold function
Hill hold function
Multifunction computer, includes visual gear change recommendation for improved fuel consumption
Power-assisted steering, speed-sensitive
Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature gauge and fuel gauge
Stop/Start function

Touran SE adds:

WHEELS AND SUSPENSION
Alloy wheels, four 6½J x 16-inch ‘Trondheim’ with 205/60 R16 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

EXTERIOR
Chrome twin exhaust tailpipe (2.0 TDI SCR BMT 150 PS engine only)
Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx. 65% tinted
Roof rails, silver anodised

INTERIOR
Centre armrest, second row
Large storage compartment in roof console
Leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and gear knob
Multifunction centre console with storage box, height laterally adjustable
‘New Brushed Design’ decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors
Seating
– Upholstery – ‘Lasano’ cloth
– Driver’s and front passenger’s under seat drawer
– Folding tables on rear of front seats
– Folding rear seat backrest
– Front comfort seats with lumbar adjustment
– Front passenger’s seat folding backrest
– Front passenger’s seat height adjustment
– Front seat back storage pockets
Vanity Mirrors, illuminated
12V socket for 2nd row seats and luggage compartment 

SAFETY AND SECURITY
Alarm with interior protection
Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
Driver’s and front passenger’s four way adjustable head restraints 

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror
Rain sensor

DRIVER’S ASSISTANCE
Dusk sensor, automatic driving lights
Front Assist with City emergency braking system and speed limiter
Multifunction computer with 3.5-inch TFT screen
Parking sensors, front and rear – ultrasonic, audible with audio volume reduction when activated and optical parking display via vehicle’s audio system

Touran SE Family adds:

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Discover Navigation system (in addition to Composition Media system)
– 8-inch colour touchscreen
– Branded points of interest
– Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
– Preloaded European navigation data
– Speed Limit Display 1
– Three route options (Fast, Short, Eco)
– 2D/3D map view

CAR-NET
Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ – 3-year subscription – Providing online access to a range of
useful information such as traffic, fuel pricing, parking space availability, weather and news feeds

SAFETY AND SECURITY
PreCrash preventive occupant protection

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Electrically activated/deactivated rear door child locks
Electronic voice amplification function for driver
Panoramic sunroof with ambient lighting
Rear side window sunblinds, manual roll-up

DRIVER’S ASSISTANCE
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system, cruise control and speed limiter
Driver profile selection (not 1.2 TSI 110 PS models)

Touran SEL adds:

WHEELS AND SUSPENSION
Alloy wheels, four 6½J x 17-inch ‘Alexandria’ with 215/55 R17 mobility tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts (in lieu of tyre mobility kit)

EXTERIOR
Chrome trimmed lower front bumper
Chrome trimmed side window surrounds
Chrome twin exhaust tailpipe
Front fog lights with static cornering function and chrome trimmed surround (SEL models only)

INTERIOR
Carpet mats, front and rear
Chrome-plated instrument surrounds
‘Piano Black’ look decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors
Seating
– Upholstery – ‘Art Velours’ seat centre section and ‘Microfibre’ side bolsters

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Discover Navigation system (in addition to Composition Media system)
– 8-inch colour touchscreen
– Branded points of interest
– Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
– Preloaded European navigation data
– Speed Limit Display
– Three route options (Fast, Short, Eco)
– 2D/3D map view

CAR-NET
Car-Net ‘App-Connect’ – Combines the functionality of Apple ‘CarPlay’, Google ‘Android Auto’ and ‘MirrorLink’ ™ allowing ‘mirroring’ of smartphone display on the infotainment touchscreen via USB
Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ – 3-year subscription – Providing online access to a range of useful information such as traffic, fuel pricing, parking space availability, weather and news feeds

SAFETY AND SECURITY
PreCrash preventive occupant protection

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Ambient lighting
Climate control – 3Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation
Electrically foldable door mirrors, door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger’s door mirror 

DRIVER’S ASSISTANCE
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system, cruise control and speed limiter
Driver Alert system
Driver profile selection
Multifunction colour display

Touran R-Line adds:

WHEELS AND SUSPENSION
Alloy wheels, four 7J x 18-inch ‘Marseille' with 225/45 R18 mobility tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts (in lieu of tyre mobility kit) 

EXTERIOR
‘R-Line’ styling pack – ‘R-Line’ design front and rear bumpers, rear bumper with diffuser look effect, radiator grille and body-coloured side skirts
Unique ‘R-Line’ badging 

INTERIOR
‘Black Lead Grey’ look decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors
Black rooflining
Grey stitching on leather trimmed threespoke multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inserts and ‘R-Line’ logo
Seating
– Upholstery – ‘Race’ seat centre section and ‘San Remo’ microfibre side bolsters
– Front seats with ‘R-Line’ logo on rear seat backrest
Stainless steel pedals – clutch, brake and accelerator
Steering wheel including paddle shift (auto DSG only)
Unique ‘R-Line’ door sill protectors 

SAFETY
The assistance systems available for the first time in the Touran include the Automatic Post-
Collision Braking System as standard, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Driver Alert System, Park Assist, Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert and, for the first time in any MPV, the Trailer Assist trailer manoeuvring system. The systems in detail:

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is a technological highlight that comes as standard in Volkswagen’s MQB models. It automatically slows the vehicle down if it is involved in an accident in order to reduce its residual kinetic energy. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is triggered when a primary collision has been detected by the airbag sensors. The driver can ‘override’ the system at any time – for example, by noticeably accelerating. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking with greater deceleration than the system deceleration.

In essence, this driver assistance system applies the brakes and slows the car down to a speed of 10 km/h. This residual speed enables the car to be driven to a safe place to stop following the braking process.

Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection system
The proactive occupant protection system comes as standard equipment. If the system detects a potential accident situation – for example, through the initiation of hard braking via an activated brake assistant – the front seatbelts are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt system. When a highly critical and unstable driving situation is detected – such as severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention – the side windows are closed (except for a small gap) along with the panoramic sunroof.

This is done because the head and side airbags offer optimal support and are most effective when the windows and roof are nearly closed.

Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert
Side Assist can help prevent serious accidents, particularly in the following two situations: the first is when the vehicle is driving on a motorway. Here, the system detects both fast overtaking vehicles and slower ones in the blind spot, and warns the driver via an LED display in the exterior mirror housing to make overtaking safer. If the camera-based Lane Assist is installed in addition to Side Assist, the system responds to a steering movement towards the hazardous side with a warning (even if the turn indicator is not set), and the vehicle then actively countersteers when a lane change is initiated. The second situation relates to reversing out of a parking space: Rear Traffic Alert is a practical aid that revolutionises reversing out of parking spaces that are perpendicular to the carriageway. Its radar-based sensor detects vehicles that are approaching from the side. If a collision is imminent, Rear Traffic Alert first outputs a visual warning, then an acoustic one. If the driver ignores the hazard, and there is an immediate risk of a collision, Rear Traffic Alert automatically initiates a braking intervention.

Front Assist with the City Emergency Braking function
Front Assist is a system for warning the driver and braking automatically in the event of an imminent collision. One component of the Front Assist system is the City Emergency Braking function. Whereas Front Assist warns drivers against getting too close to the vehicle in front and of any potential collision at higher speeds, City Emergency Braking performs this role in slower urban traffic. The system works as follows:

Safety on the motorway
Front Assist uses a radar sensor integrated into the front end of the car to continually monitor the distance to vehicles ahead. Front Assist helps the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions through visual and audible warnings, and in a second stage by a brief warning jolt.

If the driver fails to brake hard enough, Front Assist generates sufficient braking force to avoid a collision. If the driver fails to react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the vehicle down.

The City Emergency Braking function is part of the Front Assist system.

Safety in the city
The City Emergency Braking function, which is an extension of the Front Assist system, monitors the area in front of the Touran at speeds up to 18.6 mph. In an emergency, the system can autonomously brake the MPV.

Trailer Assist
Volkswagen launched the current Touran with an assistance system that makes manoeuvring with a trailer easier than ever before: Trailer Assist. In order to manoeuvre a car-trailer into an entry-way in reverse, the driver stops at a suitable spot, engages reverse gear and presses a button to activate the system. The current driving angle and possible driving angles are then displayed in the instrument cluster. This is achieved with image-processing algorithms that use data from the rear-view camera, which monitors and analyses the angle between the car and the trailer. With the help of the mirror adjustment switch, which serves as a sort of joystick, the driver can freely adjust the desired driving direction of the car-trailer combination. The MPV executes the steering commands entered by the driver, who only needs to operate the accelerator pedal and the brake. The Touran is turned by automatic control of the electro-mechanical power steering system.

ACC Adaptive Cruise Control
Like Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, this system makes use of a radar sensor integrated into the front end of the car. The driver can specify a target speed within a range of 30 to 160 km/h. ACC works with either a manual gearbox or with DSG (dual-clutch gearbox). In all Touran cars with DSG, the ACC system comfortably brakes the Touran to a full stop when the vehicle ahead comes to a stop. When combined with DSG, ACC also enables the MPV to automatically drive off again. ACC maintains the pre-set vehicle speed together with a preselected distance to the vehicle ahead, braking or accelerating automatically in moving traffic. The system dynamics can be individually varied by selecting a driving programme or via the optional Driver Profile Selection feature.

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Easy Open
If the Touran is equipped with Keyless Entry (automatic locking and starting system) and an electric tailgate, a targeted movement of the foot at the back of the vehicle is all that is needed to open the tailgate, thanks to Easy Open. The human-machine interface here is a proximity sensor near the bumper, which detects the kick movement.

Driver Profile Selection
A total of three driving profile programmes, or four when DCC is ordered, are available in the latest Touran. They are: Eco, Sport, Normal, and, in combination with DCC, the additional Individual mode. In the Eco driving mode, engine control, the air conditioning unit and other auxiliary systems are regulated in a manner that ensures optimal fuel efficiency. In vehicles fitted with DSG, a coasting function can also be used with the Eco mode: If the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator – for example, on downhill stretches – the DSG disengages and the engine idles. This enables optimal utilisation of the Touran’s kinetic energy. In Sport mode, on the other hand, damping is increased (which reduces body movements), while the engine response and shifting points of the DSG are configured to be more dynamic.

Electronic parking brake
The electronic parking brake offers numerous benefits. Firstly, the lack of a conventional hand brake frees up space on the centre console. In addition, the brake is automatically released when the vehicle is put into motion, which simplifies driving off up a hill. Last but not least, the Auto Hold function prevents unintentional rolling from a standstill position.

WARRANTIES
The Touran has a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) / 60,000 mile mechanical warranty. In addition, it comes with a 12-year body protection guarantee, three-year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Roadside Assistance which includes European breakdown cover. The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

CHRONOLOGY

2003
Jul – Touran MkI prices announced for UK. Engine choices are two petrol units comprising a 1.6-litre 102 PS and 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS, and two diesels: a 1.9-litre TDI 100 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI 136 PS 16-valve
Aug – Touran MkI goes on sale in the UK on 4 August
Sep – Touran wins ‘Best MPV’ title at Auto Express Awards

2005
May – The 100,000,000th Volkswagen built is a Touran
Dec – A total of 12,706 Tourans are sold in the UK throughout ‘05

2006
Sep – Updated Touran MkI revealed at Paris motor show

2007
Jan – Updated Touran on sale in UK

2009
Jul – Match trim added to the UK range
Dec – A total of 7,925 Tourans are sold in the UK throughout ’09

2010
Apr – All-new Touran MkII unveiled at the Leipzig Motor Show
Aug – All-new Touran goes on sale. Total European sales for Touran MkI are around 1.13 million
Sep – Deliveries begin in UK

2015
Mar – All-new Touran Mk III is revealed by Volkswagen at the Geneva Motor Show
Sep – All-new Touran goes on sale in the UK, with deliveries starting December

2016
Jan – Touran wins ‘Best in Class’ in Euro NCAP crash test programme
Feb – Touran R-Line goes on sale in the UK
Nov – Touran retains its ‘Best MPV’ crown at What Car? Awards
Dec - Touran tops European MPV sales charts for the first time

JB/05-2017

INTRODUCTION: 
Families have a very clear idea of what a vehicle perfectly tailored to their needs should offer. With their children on board, they need space – a lot of space for a comfortable life on the move. They also need lots storage and tray tables. And the car needs to have class-leading safety features.

Volkswagen had all of this in mind when developing the latest Touran, a vehicle that’s a true all-rounder. Whether it’s a trip to a football pitch, a drive to school or a holiday excursion – the Touran is now the most popular MPV in Europe with 112,000 sold across the continent in 2016.

What’s more, because it’s so practical, parents whose children have already left home also like it, as does any driver who enjoys sitting comfortably in a high up position, and who values the type of versatility and intuitive ease of use that the Touran is able to offer.

More than two million people have opted to purchase a Touran since its debut in 2003. This latest generation of the MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) was launched in 2015. It was improved and made more efficient in every way – an MPV with systematically implemented perfect attention to detail to ensure it stands alone in the compact A-MPV segment.

The Touran now sits on Volkswagen’s versatile and effective MQB platform that boasts maximum interior space on the smallest possible footprint plus the highest level of safety, convenience, comfort and connectivity in the compact MPV class.

Expanded interior space (63 mm longer than the previous model) and cargo capacity (an additional 48 litres in the 5-seater version) enable the Touran to come as standard with seven seats. A new easy-to-use fold-flat seating system allows the two rearmost seats to be folded flat into the floor to maximise bootspace. The middle row of seats also fold flat when not needed. Access to the rearmost seats is also now easier thanks to the new design.

The expanded interior combines with a lower weight (reduced by 62 kg) and revised range of efficient, advanced engines. The Touran gets a simple line-up of petrol and diesel engines, with either 115 or 150 PS. A three-cylinder, 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine kicks off the range, as does a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder TDI. Both have 115 PS. A 2.0-litre diesel is available from SE spec and above, and has 150 PS, while range-topping SEL and R-Line trims are exclusively offered with this engine and a 150 PS, 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit. All but one of these engines are available with a choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes, while the 1.0-litre TSI unit is available with the six-speed manual transmission only.

There are five trim levels that make the complete Touran range. These start with the S model, which includes ABS, airbags, Electronic Stability Control and Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. The Composition Media infotainment system includes a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, a hill hold function and manual air conditioning.

The range continues with the Touran SE, which adds ‘Karlstad’ alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, parking sensors and a variety of other styling and technical equipment. The SE Family model features cruise control and Volkswagen’s Discover Navigation system and other equipment, while the Touran SEL includes 3Zone climate control and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Sitting at the top of the Touran tree is the R-Line, which has 18-inch ‘Marseille’ alloy wheels and sporty front and rear bumpers, plus a rear diffuser, side skirts and unique radiator grille. ‘Race’ seats work with the black rooflining and ‘R-Line’ door sill protectors to complete the Touran R-Line look.

It is clear that the latest Touran’s perfectly detailed solutions are what make it so unique.

SUMMARY

  • Unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in March 2015, 12 years after the first Touran went on sale.  Over two million have found homes worldwide, with over 100,000 of those sold in the UK. New model was available to order in the UK from September ’15. Deliveries started December ‘15
  • This generation Touran was all-new and based on the MQB platform; it boasts maximum interior space on the smallest possible footprint plus the highest level of safety, convenience, comfort and connectivity in the compact MPV class
  • The Touran is larger than the model it replaces and these increased dimensions translate directly into more interior space. Its dimensions are built on a 2,791 mm wheelbase (+113 mm): 4,527 mm long (+130 mm) 1,814 mm wide (+41 mm) and 1,628 mm high (-6 mm).  Despite this, the Touran’s kerbweight has been reduced by 62 kg
  • In the UK, the Touran comes as standard with seven seats. A new easy-to-use fold-flat seating system allows the two rearmost seats to be folded flat into the floor to maximise bootspace. The middle row of seats also folds flat when not needed. Access to the rearmost seats is also now easier thanks to the new design
  • Generous luggage volume: 917 litres (loaded to roof with rearmost seats in place), rising to 1,857 litres with the middle three seats folded. Up to 47 storage compartments means there’s somewhere to store everything!
  • Latest Touran’s cabin has been completely redesigned with extra space (interior length up 63 mm to 1,779 mm) and a more driver-oriented dashboard layout puts everything in easy reach
  • In the UK the Touran is offered with a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines, with power outputs ranging from 110 to 190 PS. All are Euro6 compliant and up to 19 per cent more efficient than the engines they replace
  • Petrol options are a 1.2-litre 110 PS TSI with a six-speed manual gearbox and a 1.4-litre 150 PS which is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox
  • Diesels are a 2.0-litre 115 PS with a seven-speed DSG, a 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS with six-speed manual or DSG, and the range-topping 2.0-litre TDI with 190 PS and standard six-speed DSG ’box. The SE 1.6-litre TDI is the most popular model
  • Five trim levels are offered: S, SE, SE Family, SEL and R-Line. Highlights on the entry-level S include automatic post-collision braking and pre-crash systems, seven airbags, Composition Media system with DAB and Bluetooth, air conditioning, roof rails and seven seats
  • Moving up to SE adds 16-inch alloys, Front Assist with City emergency braking function, front and rear parking sensors and rain sensor. The SE Family trim debuted with this generation and features family-friendly elements such as an extra-large panoramic sunroof with integrated lighting, three-zone Climatronic air conditioning, Discover Navigation with Car Net Guide & Inform and a cargo management system
  • SEL adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Profile Select and App Connect among other items, while R-Line adds sporty styling inside and out and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • The Touran is available with a huge variety of optional extras, as you would expect of any car built on the MQB platform. Examples include Trailer Assist, Park Assist, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Keyless Entry and Easy Open
  • Particularly apt for a car in this niche and new for the Touran with this generation are the following features:
    • No cricked necks… Cam Connect: allows you to fix a Go Pro® camera in the car, images of which are then displayed on the touchscreen so you can see what’s happening in the back without turning round is using MirrorLink™
    • No more shouting… Electronic voice amplification: enables much easier communication between passengers in different seating rows than ever before by using the in-car phone microphones and infotainment system speakers
    • Only connect… Touran is available with Car Net Guide and Inform, App Connect which can integrate CarPlay™ (Apple) and Android Auto™ (Google) and MirrorLink™
    • Breathe easy… Pure Air Climatronic system with filtering technology: an active biogenic filter maintains air quality at a consistently high level by preventing the infiltration of pollutants, including allergens and fungal spores, into the cabin
    • Light bulb moment… the cargo area light can be removed and used as a torch
  • The Touran continues to be built at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg factory in Germany
  • In 2018, Volkswagen UK sold just under 3,750 Tourans, with around a 50:50 fleet:retail split. Around 70 per cent of Tourans have a manual gearbox; 90 per cent are diesel-powered

PRODUCTION
The Touran is produced at Volkswagen’s plant in Wolfsburg. Volkswagen’s factory grounds in Wolfsburg occupy an area of more than 3.7 square miles. The one square mile taken up by factory buildings could comfortably contain the Principality of Monaco. The network of roads linking the individual production facilities, storage halls, administration buildings and external facilities, is 46.6 miles long, while the plant’s rail network totals 43.5 miles, on which seven locomotives and two shunting robots operate.

The world’s largest single car-manufacturing complex produces the Golf, Golf Estate, Touran and Tiguan. About 809,000 vehicles rolled off the assembly lines in 2016. Apart from car production, component manufacture is another cornerstone of activities at Wolfsburg. The components produced here, including drive shafts and injection-moulded parts, are used in vehicle production in Wolfsburg and at other Group plants.

With its ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ initiative, the Volkswagen brand set itself clear targets for the environmentally sustainable positioning of all its plants. The aim was to reduce the environmental impact of all Volkswagen plants by 25 per cent by 2018, but this was achieved by July 2016. Specifically, this means 25 per cent lower energy and water consumption, waste volumes and emissions at all plants. It was achieved via the introduction of 5,000 individual measures, which will collectively save far more than 100 million euros.

In line with ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ the Wolfsburg plant has introduced the Modular Production System (MPB), which will make production more environmentally compatible. Another contribution to sustained energy saving is the Energy Path which features a large number of practical examples showing precisely where and how energy can be saved. These include an electric vehicle recharging station with photovoltaic panels and wind turbine and the optimisation of heating pumps featuring demand-oriented control to save energy.

The two power stations operated in Wolfsburg by Volkswagen Kraftwerk GmbH generate power and heat not only for the Volkswagen plant, but also the city of Wolfsburg. The two power stations have a power generating capacity of 442 megawatts. This combined heat and power system converts 53.3 per cent of the heat in the fuel into usable energy against a maximum of 38 per cent for a normal coal-fired power station (source: Department of Energy and Climate Change).

Every day, around 150 double-deck rail cars and about 160 transporter trucks leave the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg with a cargo of some 2,600 vehicles. Incoming deliveries from around 1,900 suppliers arrive at the plant in about 150 or so rail carriages and 700 trucks.

DESIGN
The MQB platform allows for optimal packaging. Here, the maximum utilisation of a minimum vehicle footprint, with all the associated practical advantages for driving and manoeuvring, is made possible by the innovative Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Thanks to the optimum packaging enabled by the MQB, the increase in the vehicle's overall length could be applied to an unusually large extent to the wheelbase, which at 2,791 mm is now 113 mm longer than that of the previous model. The longer wheelbase directly increases the usable interior space.

The galvanised body of the Touran is 1,814 mm wide (an increase of 41 mm on the previous model; not including exterior mirrors) and 1,628 mm high (a decrease of 6 mm; not including roof rails). The increased length and width and the reduced height give the vehicle considerably more dynamic-looking proportions – and provided an excellent opportunity for the designers to exercise their creativity.

Body design
The design of the Touran has been completely reworked. The Touran’s powerful and precise lines pick up the reductive clarity of the previous model. At the same time, the design concept was significantly further refined, and even reinvented in some cases, in order to give the vehicle a sharper look while retaining a strong underlying continuity, which is similar to what was done with the Multivan. What emerges is an original with an enhanced and noticeably lighter and sportier look, thanks to the long side windows and precise lines. Volkswagen was also able to improve the aerodynamics in the Touran further, whereby the aerodynamic drag coefficient has been reduced to 0.296 – an extraordinarily good Cd value for an MPV.

The more dynamic proportions, the expressive Volkswagen design language and the aerodynamic perfection achieved combine to give the Touran a sporty, powerful and modern air. With its increased overall length and longer wheelbase, the Touran also now appears considerably sleeker and more grown-up. The designers refined the overall shape of the previous body, giving it a more commanding aura by adding modern, sculptured surfaces which create dramatic interplays of light and shade and precise horizontal lines. For all its heightened proportions and increased dynamism, the outward appearance of the Touran remains faithful to its intrinsic character – that of a practical, high-quality MPV that offers plenty of room for ensuring comfortable long journeys.

Front
The distinctive details of the Touran’s ‘face’ – the front section – lend it an unmistakable depth of class. The front is organised into a number of detailed horizontal sections that help to emphasise the sense of width. The lines all complement each other logically and harmoniously. For example, the cross pieces of the radiator grille extend naturally into the headlights to form a single, cohesive element. The headlights themselves are much slimmer than those of the previous model, and have a more three-dimensional shape; they also provide a common theme that unifies the front and the side sections.

Furthermore, the Touran was the first Volkswagen MPV to offer LED headlights as an option. The Touran is characterised throughout by fine, carefully executed details. At the front, these include the slim lower breather opening, which serves to accentuate the Touran's width and low centre of gravity.

Silhouette
Powerful wheel arches and horizontal lines form the visual accents at the sides of the vehicle. The window design is noticeably flatter and more stylish than in the previous model, extending once again from the A-pillar all the way back to the D-pillar. The new proportions of this glass surface, the more distinct areas around the A-pillar and D-pillar, and the glossy B-pillar and narrower C-pillar all add to the sense of exclusivity. The Touran is refined with smart chrome trim around the windows on SEL models.

Below the side windows is a precisely contoured shoulder line starting above the front wheel arch and extending to the D-pillar – another feature that emphasises the length of the Touran. An additional eye-catching highlight of the silhouette is the character line, into which the door handles are precisely incorporated. From the side, this gives the impression that the line and door handles are merged in one single strip. The character line is a classic style feature of the Volkswagen brand, one that effectively demarcates surfaces. In the Touran, it starts at the side profile of the headlight at the height of the A-pillar and continues through to its conclusion at the freshly designed tail light cluster. Another characteristic feature of the brand, the D-pillar, has also been given a more powerful and dynamic design than in the previous model. A distinctive angle in the outline of the side window and the elegant descent of the roof line give it a flatter and therefore sportier appearance than before.

Last but not least, the Touran has very charismatic side sills, which create an impression of stability and reinforce the silhouette's commanding air.

Rear
The character line draws the distinctive rear section of the Touran naturally into the overall design. Level with the Volkswagen badge, another line flows into the tail light cluster (LED lights are available as an option) and forms an aerodynamic trailing edge. The number plate frame is a downward-facing trapezium that complements the sweep of the tail light clusters far into the vehicle silhouette, adding to the sense of width and giving a pleasant appearance to the rear.

The narrow tail light clusters blend harmoniously into the linear framework of the rear. The light signature displays a segment specific graphic; the reflectors are positioned low and wide, effectively shifting the visual centre of gravity downwards. Rounding off the rear section is the stylised black diffuser.

Interior
An MPV can only be successful if the interior meets the demands of everyone on board. Since day one, the secret of the Touran’s success has been its interior, which has now been further refined for the latest generation of this best-selling MPV. Not one aspect of the previous model was left untouched in the process, which also included enhancements to quality and ergonomics. The new fold-flat seating system plays a key role in this, allowing the three individual seats in the second row and the two individual seats in the third row to be folded down in a matter of seconds to create a perfectly level continuous floor.

Utilisation of the full luggage space of up to 1,857 litres (loaded roof-high up to the front seat backrests of the 7-seater) is made possible by easy-to-use lugs for folding down the backrests of the second row and third row seats and lowering the whole seats flat into the luggage compartment floor, where they form a continuous, level load platform. In other words, all seats stay inside the vehicle and are simply folded flat to create space as needed.

With the second seat row, it is easy to do this from the side; the third row can also be easily folded down or up, access in this case being from the luggage compartment.

GEARBOXES
Six- and seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes (DSG)

With the exception of the base engine (1.2 TSI), all engines for the Touran can be paired with either a 6-speed or 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Besides the number of forward gears, other technical aspects differentiating the DSG versions include the clutch type. While two dry clutches are used in the 7-speed DSG, the 6-speed DSG has a dual clutch that runs in an oil bath.

SUSPENSION
The Touran is equipped with an improved McPherson strut type suspension on the front axle. Here, coil springs and telescoping dampers are integrated as a unit into the spring struts. The wheels are suspended by spring struts and lower wishbones with a trackstabilising scrub radius. The four-link suspension with independent wheel suspension in the rear offers a high level of comfort combined with agile and safe handling and is equipped with oil pressure shock absorbers that use separate springs. Anti-roll bars are utilised at the front and rear. The Touran can also be optionally equipped with the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system that includes Driver Profile Selection. DCC allows the driver to choose Sport, Comfort or Normal suspension settings. A sport suspension set-up is also available as an option, which lowers the body by 15 mm.

The Touran comes with a particularly durable braking system as standard equipment. This system includes ABS, Brake Assist, ESC and an electronic parking brake. The front brake discs are internally ventilated.

SERVICING
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Touran. They can choose Fixed or Flexible Service, and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

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

  • Predominantly urban 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.

Flexible Service 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 Flexible system, the vehicle can cover between 10,000 and 20,000 miles (approx.) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes. An inspection service is typically due in the second year of ownership or at 20,000 miles and thereafter every one year or 20,000 miles.

Customers can choose between servicing regimes 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.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Touran S

Features the following standard equipment:
WHEELS AND SUSPENSION
6½J x 16-inch steel wheels with 205/60 R16 tyres
Full size wheel trims
Tyre mobility kit including compressor and sealing foam (not SEL models)

EXTERIOR
Black front air intake and radiator grille
Body-coloured bumpers, front and rear
Body-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators incorporating LED technology
Body-coloured exterior door handles
Chrome-plated radiator grille louvre inserts
Galvanised body
‘Gloss Black’ B-pillar
Halogen clear headlights, range adjustable with daytime running lights
Rear screen wash/wipe with intermittent wipe
Roof rails, black
Windscreen wiper with intermittent wipe
Function

INTERIOR
Cup holders, front x 2
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Glovebox, illuminated
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Instrument lighting, white adjustable panel illumination with red night-time illumination
Interior light delay
Leather trimmed gear knob (DSGs model only)
Load lashing points x 4, in luggage compartment
Luggage compartment cover, retractable and removable
Luggage compartment light, 3rd row
‘Light Cortina Silver’ decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors
Media box in dashboard, passenger side
Multiple storage compartments in passenger and luggage areas
Reading lights, front x 2, rear x 2
Seating
– Upholstery – ‘Charlie’ cloth
– Driver’s seat height adjustment
– Leatherette on rear of both front seats
– Low tunnel second row seat
– 3 single seats in the second row with forward and backward adjustments, foldable
– 2 single seats in the third row, can be folded flush into floor of luggage compartment
Storage compartments in all doors (for 1.5 litre bottles in front doors and 1.0 litre bottles in rear doors)
Storage compartments in roof console
12V socket in luggage compartment

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Composition Media system
– 6.5-inch colour touchscreen
– Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
– Car information display
– DAB digital radio receiver
– MDI (Multi Device Interface), via USB connection – compatible products only
– Music playback from MP3, WMA and AAC files
– SD card reader
– Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
– Single CD player
– SMS functionality – read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display (when stationary; compatible Android smartphones only)
– ‘Think Blue. Trainer.’ - driver tips and journey analysis
– Title and cover art display
– USB connection (compatible products only)
– 4 x 20 watt output
– 8 speakers, front and rear

SAFETY AND SECURITY
ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
Airbags
– Curtain airbag system, for front and second row passengers
– Driver’s and front passenger’s airbags with passenger’s airbag deactivation switch
– Driver’s knee airbag
– Front seat side impact airbags
Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
Disc brakes, front and rear
Driver’s and front passenger’s safety optimised head restraints
Electronic engine immobiliser
ESC (Electronic Stability Control) including
EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)
Front three-point seat belts with height adjustment
High level 3rd brake light
Isofix child seat preparation, all rear seats second and third row
Misfuel prevention device for diesel engines
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Two-tone horn
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Warning buzzer and light for front and second row seat belts if unfastened
Warning triangle and first aid kit
XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling
3 three-point seat belts in the second row, with height adjustment on outer seats
2 three-point seat belts in the third row
5 rear head restraints 

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Air conditioning, manual
Electric windows, front and rear
Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors

DRIVER’S ASSISTANCE
Battery regeneration (recuperation – energy recovery during braking)
Electronic parking brake – with auto hold function
Hill hold function
Multifunction computer, includes visual gear change recommendation for improved fuel consumption
Power-assisted steering, speed-sensitive
Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature gauge and fuel gauge
Stop/Start function

Touran SE adds:

WHEELS AND SUSPENSION
Alloy wheels, four 6½J x 16-inch ‘Trondheim’ with 205/60 R16 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

EXTERIOR
Chrome twin exhaust tailpipe (2.0 TDI SCR BMT 150 PS engine only)
Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx. 65% tinted
Roof rails, silver anodised

INTERIOR
Centre armrest, second row
Large storage compartment in roof console
Leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and gear knob
Multifunction centre console with storage box, height laterally adjustable
‘New Brushed Design’ decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors
Seating
– Upholstery – ‘Lasano’ cloth
– Driver’s and front passenger’s under seat drawer
– Folding tables on rear of front seats
– Folding rear seat backrest
– Front comfort seats with lumbar adjustment
– Front passenger’s seat folding backrest
– Front passenger’s seat height adjustment
– Front seat back storage pockets
Vanity Mirrors, illuminated
12V socket for 2nd row seats and luggage compartment 

SAFETY AND SECURITY
Alarm with interior protection
Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
Driver’s and front passenger’s four way adjustable head restraints 

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror
Rain sensor

DRIVER’S ASSISTANCE
Dusk sensor, automatic driving lights
Front Assist with City emergency braking system and speed limiter
Multifunction computer with 3.5-inch TFT screen
Parking sensors, front and rear – ultrasonic, audible with audio volume reduction when activated and optical parking display via vehicle’s audio system

Touran SE Family adds:

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Discover Navigation system (in addition to Composition Media system)
– 8-inch colour touchscreen
– Branded points of interest
– Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
– Preloaded European navigation data
– Speed Limit Display 1
– Three route options (Fast, Short, Eco)
– 2D/3D map view

CAR-NET
Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ – 3-year subscription – Providing online access to a range of
useful information such as traffic, fuel pricing, parking space availability, weather and news feeds

SAFETY AND SECURITY
PreCrash preventive occupant protection

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Electrically activated/deactivated rear door child locks
Electronic voice amplification function for driver
Panoramic sunroof with ambient lighting
Rear side window sunblinds, manual roll-up

DRIVER’S ASSISTANCE
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system, cruise control and speed limiter
Driver profile selection (not 1.2 TSI 110 PS models)

Touran SEL adds:

WHEELS AND SUSPENSION
Alloy wheels, four 6½J x 17-inch ‘Alexandria’ with 215/55 R17 mobility tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts (in lieu of tyre mobility kit)

EXTERIOR
Chrome trimmed lower front bumper
Chrome trimmed side window surrounds
Chrome twin exhaust tailpipe
Front fog lights with static cornering function and chrome trimmed surround (SEL models only)

INTERIOR
Carpet mats, front and rear
Chrome-plated instrument surrounds
‘Piano Black’ look decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors
Seating
– Upholstery – ‘Art Velours’ seat centre section and ‘Microfibre’ side bolsters

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Discover Navigation system (in addition to Composition Media system)
– 8-inch colour touchscreen
– Branded points of interest
– Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
– Preloaded European navigation data
– Speed Limit Display
– Three route options (Fast, Short, Eco)
– 2D/3D map view

CAR-NET
Car-Net ‘App-Connect’ – Combines the functionality of Apple ‘CarPlay’, Google ‘Android Auto’ and ‘MirrorLink’ ™ allowing ‘mirroring’ of smartphone display on the infotainment touchscreen via USB
Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ – 3-year subscription – Providing online access to a range of useful information such as traffic, fuel pricing, parking space availability, weather and news feeds

SAFETY AND SECURITY
PreCrash preventive occupant protection

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Ambient lighting
Climate control – 3Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation
Electrically foldable door mirrors, door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger’s door mirror 

DRIVER’S ASSISTANCE
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system, cruise control and speed limiter
Driver Alert system
Driver profile selection
Multifunction colour display

Touran R-Line adds:

WHEELS AND SUSPENSION
Alloy wheels, four 7J x 18-inch ‘Marseille' with 225/45 R18 mobility tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts (in lieu of tyre mobility kit) 

EXTERIOR
‘R-Line’ styling pack – ‘R-Line’ design front and rear bumpers, rear bumper with diffuser look effect, radiator grille and body-coloured side skirts
Unique ‘R-Line’ badging 

INTERIOR
‘Black Lead Grey’ look decorative inserts in dash, centre console and front doors
Black rooflining
Grey stitching on leather trimmed threespoke multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inserts and ‘R-Line’ logo
Seating
– Upholstery – ‘Race’ seat centre section and ‘San Remo’ microfibre side bolsters
– Front seats with ‘R-Line’ logo on rear seat backrest
Stainless steel pedals – clutch, brake and accelerator
Steering wheel including paddle shift (auto DSG only)
Unique ‘R-Line’ door sill protectors 

SAFETY
The assistance systems available for the first time in the Touran include the Automatic Post-
Collision Braking System as standard, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Driver Alert System, Park Assist, Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert and, for the first time in any MPV, the Trailer Assist trailer manoeuvring system. The systems in detail:

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is a technological highlight that comes as standard in Volkswagen’s MQB models. It automatically slows the vehicle down if it is involved in an accident in order to reduce its residual kinetic energy. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is triggered when a primary collision has been detected by the airbag sensors. The driver can ‘override’ the system at any time – for example, by noticeably accelerating. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking with greater deceleration than the system deceleration.

In essence, this driver assistance system applies the brakes and slows the car down to a speed of 10 km/h. This residual speed enables the car to be driven to a safe place to stop following the braking process.

Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection system
The proactive occupant protection system comes as standard equipment. If the system detects a potential accident situation – for example, through the initiation of hard braking via an activated brake assistant – the front seatbelts are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt system. When a highly critical and unstable driving situation is detected – such as severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention – the side windows are closed (except for a small gap) along with the panoramic sunroof.

This is done because the head and side airbags offer optimal support and are most effective when the windows and roof are nearly closed.

Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert
Side Assist can help prevent serious accidents, particularly in the following two situations: the first is when the vehicle is driving on a motorway. Here, the system detects both fast overtaking vehicles and slower ones in the blind spot, and warns the driver via an LED display in the exterior mirror housing to make overtaking safer. If the camera-based Lane Assist is installed in addition to Side Assist, the system responds to a steering movement towards the hazardous side with a warning (even if the turn indicator is not set), and the vehicle then actively countersteers when a lane change is initiated. The second situation relates to reversing out of a parking space: Rear Traffic Alert is a practical aid that revolutionises reversing out of parking spaces that are perpendicular to the carriageway. Its radar-based sensor detects vehicles that are approaching from the side. If a collision is imminent, Rear Traffic Alert first outputs a visual warning, then an acoustic one. If the driver ignores the hazard, and there is an immediate risk of a collision, Rear Traffic Alert automatically initiates a braking intervention.

Front Assist with the City Emergency Braking function
Front Assist is a system for warning the driver and braking automatically in the event of an imminent collision. One component of the Front Assist system is the City Emergency Braking function. Whereas Front Assist warns drivers against getting too close to the vehicle in front and of any potential collision at higher speeds, City Emergency Braking performs this role in slower urban traffic. The system works as follows:

Safety on the motorway
Front Assist uses a radar sensor integrated into the front end of the car to continually monitor the distance to vehicles ahead. Front Assist helps the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions through visual and audible warnings, and in a second stage by a brief warning jolt.

If the driver fails to brake hard enough, Front Assist generates sufficient braking force to avoid a collision. If the driver fails to react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the vehicle down.

The City Emergency Braking function is part of the Front Assist system.

Safety in the city
The City Emergency Braking function, which is an extension of the Front Assist system, monitors the area in front of the Touran at speeds up to 18.6 mph. In an emergency, the system can autonomously brake the MPV.

Trailer Assist
Volkswagen launched the current Touran with an assistance system that makes manoeuvring with a trailer easier than ever before: Trailer Assist. In order to manoeuvre a car-trailer into an entry-way in reverse, the driver stops at a suitable spot, engages reverse gear and presses a button to activate the system. The current driving angle and possible driving angles are then displayed in the instrument cluster. This is achieved with image-processing algorithms that use data from the rear-view camera, which monitors and analyses the angle between the car and the trailer. With the help of the mirror adjustment switch, which serves as a sort of joystick, the driver can freely adjust the desired driving direction of the car-trailer combination. The MPV executes the steering commands entered by the driver, who only needs to operate the accelerator pedal and the brake. The Touran is turned by automatic control of the electro-mechanical power steering system.

ACC Adaptive Cruise Control
Like Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, this system makes use of a radar sensor integrated into the front end of the car. The driver can specify a target speed within a range of 30 to 160 km/h. ACC works with either a manual gearbox or with DSG (dual-clutch gearbox). In all Touran cars with DSG, the ACC system comfortably brakes the Touran to a full stop when the vehicle ahead comes to a stop. When combined with DSG, ACC also enables the MPV to automatically drive off again. ACC maintains the pre-set vehicle speed together with a preselected distance to the vehicle ahead, braking or accelerating automatically in moving traffic. The system dynamics can be individually varied by selecting a driving programme or via the optional Driver Profile Selection feature.

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Easy Open
If the Touran is equipped with Keyless Entry (automatic locking and starting system) and an electric tailgate, a targeted movement of the foot at the back of the vehicle is all that is needed to open the tailgate, thanks to Easy Open. The human-machine interface here is a proximity sensor near the bumper, which detects the kick movement.

Driver Profile Selection
A total of three driving profile programmes, or four when DCC is ordered, are available in the latest Touran. They are: Eco, Sport, Normal, and, in combination with DCC, the additional Individual mode. In the Eco driving mode, engine control, the air conditioning unit and other auxiliary systems are regulated in a manner that ensures optimal fuel efficiency. In vehicles fitted with DSG, a coasting function can also be used with the Eco mode: If the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator – for example, on downhill stretches – the DSG disengages and the engine idles. This enables optimal utilisation of the Touran’s kinetic energy. In Sport mode, on the other hand, damping is increased (which reduces body movements), while the engine response and shifting points of the DSG are configured to be more dynamic.

Electronic parking brake
The electronic parking brake offers numerous benefits. Firstly, the lack of a conventional hand brake frees up space on the centre console. In addition, the brake is automatically released when the vehicle is put into motion, which simplifies driving off up a hill. Last but not least, the Auto Hold function prevents unintentional rolling from a standstill position.

WARRANTIES
The Touran has a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) / 60,000 mile mechanical warranty. In addition, it comes with a 12-year body protection guarantee, three-year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Roadside Assistance which includes European breakdown cover. The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

CHRONOLOGY

2003
Jul – Touran MkI prices announced for UK. Engine choices are two petrol units comprising a 1.6-litre 102 PS and 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS, and two diesels: a 1.9-litre TDI 100 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI 136 PS 16-valve
Aug – Touran MkI goes on sale in the UK on 4 August
Sep – Touran wins ‘Best MPV’ title at Auto Express Awards

2005
May – The 100,000,000th Volkswagen built is a Touran
Dec – A total of 12,706 Tourans are sold in the UK throughout ‘05

2006
Sep – Updated Touran MkI revealed at Paris motor show

2007
Jan – Updated Touran on sale in UK

2009
Jul – Match trim added to the UK range
Dec – A total of 7,925 Tourans are sold in the UK throughout ’09

2010
Apr – All-new Touran MkII unveiled at the Leipzig Motor Show
Aug – All-new Touran goes on sale. Total European sales for Touran MkI are around 1.13 million
Sep – Deliveries begin in UK

2015
Mar – All-new Touran Mk III is revealed by Volkswagen at the Geneva Motor Show
Sep – All-new Touran goes on sale in the UK, with deliveries starting December

2016
Jan – Touran wins ‘Best in Class’ in Euro NCAP crash test programme
Feb – Touran R-Line goes on sale in the UK
Nov – Touran retains its ‘Best MPV’ crown at What Car? Awards
Dec - Touran tops European MPV sales charts for the first time

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