The Volkswagen Touran debuted in 2003 as an MPV based on the compact Golf platform. This vehicle met the space requirements of most families, while also handling the crowded streets of Europe. In 2010, VW released the second-gen model, and for the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, Volkswagen will introduce the third-generation Touran.

Still based on the Golf’s platform – the MQB – the 2015 Touran looks completely different than any before it. Gone are the soft body lines and the boring interior of yesteryear, and in come more angular lines and a completely revamped interior.

While redesigns are typically a good thing, redesigning a top-selling model like the Touran requires extreme care not to scare away buyers. Did VW hit the mark with the 2015 Touran, or will this new look push buyers away?

Continue reading my full review of the 2015 Touran to find out what I think.

  • 2015 Volkswagen Touran
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    automatic dual-clutch
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    60
  • Displacement:
    1.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    21000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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The bumper also gets a refresh with a black lower insert that features an exhaust cutout to liven it up a bit.

For the 2015 model year, Volkswagen has moved the Touran to the MQB architecture, which it shares with the Golf and Passat. This allows the 2015 Touran to grow in length slightly and it pushes the wheels closer to the corners to help increase roominess in the cabin. Additionally, on top of being longer, the 2015 Touran is also 62 kg lighter than the 2014 model.

In terms of looks, the Touran is sleeker and sportier than ever. In a way, the Touran almost looks like a stretched-out Golf, as its headlights, grille, and taillights all match its small hatchback sibling’s. Gone are its flat and boring doors, and in come sculpted lower sections on the doors and raised accent lines that underline the door handles and flow into the taillights.

Around back, the tailgate gets a small spoiler just above the glass to add a touch of sportiness, while the accent line from the doors spans the gap between the taillights. The bumper also gets a refresh, with a black lower insert that features an exhaust cutout to liven it up a bit.

On a whole, the Touran looks like a completely different MPV, not just a redesigned model. VW did a really good job in giving it a desirable look that will help it remain one of the best-selling family cars in the world.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,527 MM (178.22 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,791 MM (109.88 Inches)
Width 1,814 MM (71.41 Inches)
Height 1,628 MM (64.09 Inches)

Side-by-side comparison

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Interior

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Five radio and navigation options are available, some with AppConnect, CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

On the inside, the Touran has been fully overhauled too. Like the exterior redesign, the reworking of the cabin gives the MPV a sportier feel.

The dashboard, for one, now has the gauges set in their own separate circular pods, while the awning over the cluster is flatter than the 2014 model. The air vents are angled instead of being rectangles, giving the dashboard a wider appearance. The steering wheel is also new, and it features a flat bottom for additional knee room, and gloss-black spokes.

In addition to the reworked dash, VW also changed the center stack. The audio system and touchscreen are on the top of the stack and the climate controls are on the bottom. In 2014, the order was flipped, making for a longer reach to access the navigation or audio system.

Though VW redid the entire cabin, it made sure to retain one of the Touran’s best attributes: its ability to haul stuff. Not only does the 2015 model have 47 storage compartments strewn throughout the cabin, but it also holds up to 1,040 liters of cargo behind the second row of seats.

Technical gadgets and gizmos are plentiful in the 2015 Touran, but they do come at a cost. Five radio and navigation options are available, some with AppConnect, CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. Other optional equipment includes a front-to-rear voice amplification system for getting the kiddos’ attention, adaptive cruise control, City Emergency Braking, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, and Trailer Assist.

The optional R Line package will add a few goodies to the cabin, like seat covers and other sporty bits.

Drivetrain

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As with nearly every Euro-spec VW, there are a zillion engines to choose from. Okay, really only six. For those who prefer gasoline engines, there are three TSI options, including a 110 PS version, a 150 PS version, and a 180 PS version. For diesels there are three options, including one 110 PS version, one 150 PS version, and a range-topping 190 PS version.

Across the board, fuel economy has jumped 19 percent relative to the 2014 model year. This jump is thanks to the introduction of stop/start technology and brake energy regeneration as standard features.

Prices

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Since the 2015 Touran is not yet ready for the market, VW has yet to reveal pricing. I expect a small increase relative to the 2014 model because of the new goodies it has. In 2014, the base model ran £19,790 ($30,728 as of 2/25/15), and I wouldn’t be shocked to see this number come closer to £21,000 ($32,607).

Competition

Skoda Roomster

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Though it falls under the VW umbrella, Skoda has its own competitor to the Touran with the Roomster – yeah, great name, right…

The funky-looking Roomster starts out at a thrifty £12,105, undercutting the Touran by a wide margin. In its base setup, the Roomster comes with a 1.2-liter engine that wheezes out just 69 PS, but you can’t expect much more than that at such a low price. In its top specification, the Roomster comes with a 1.6 TDI engine that manages to produce 105 PS, still coming in well short of the VW.

Hauling is a little short too in the Roomster, as it can fit just 480 liters of cargo behind the rear seats, but if you fold down the seats, it opens up 1,585 liters of room.

Ford S-Max

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The Ford S-Max is another competitor that has VW checking its rearview mirror. With a starting price of £ 23,310, the Ford is a good bit pricier than the VW and Skoda, but with good looks and a 160 PS EcoBoost engine as standard, it certainly has its advantages. One advantage is that the S-Max can cram in as many as seven passengers, though I certainly wouldn’t want to be one in the rear seat. Another advantage is its optional 240 PS 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine that makes driving this MPV a little, well, un-MPV-like.

In terms of cargo room, the S-Max isn’t too bad. With all seven seats upright, it can haul 285 liters of cargo. With the rearmost seats folded, it can carry up to 1,171 liters. With all of the rear seats folded, the S-Max’s cargo capacity jumps to 2,000 liters.

Conclusion

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The MPV segment may not be the sexiest one, but it is necessary for those who need to haul the family and lots of stuff at the same time. With the Touran being one of the leaders in the class, Volkswagen needed to tread lightly with this redesign. And while the redesign is very extensive, Volkswagen did the right thing in keeping it close to the styling of the popular Golf.

  • Leave it
    • No high-output engine like the S-Max
    • A good bit pricier than the Skoda Roomster

Press Release

Volkswagen presents the new Touran. The completely redesigned MPV was showcased before an audience of international media representatives at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, not far from the production site where the popular family car is made. The interior of the new model has undergone a significant increase in size and is highly configurable. Refinements have been made all around the vehicle, which boasts a range of six new economical engines and an extensive line-up of assistance and infotainment systems. The public premiere of the new Touran will take place in the coming week at the Geneva motor show.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, explained: "As one of the most successful family cars in the world with 1.9 million units sold, the Touran is indisputably Germany’s top MPV. I am convinced that the new generation will do more than simply build on this position – it will set new standards."

The third generation Touran has a distinctive new sporty look, thanks to a powerful and precise design that picks up on the reductive clarity of the previous model while adding a lightness and sporty feel. The interior has been given a makeover too. The space can be configured in a variety of ways with its newly developed fold-flat seating system, which also features ISOFIX anchor points on all seats. A luggage space of 1,040 litres (when loaded to roof height up to the second seat row) and a total of 47 storage compartments make the new Touran perfect for everyday use. The optional Pure Air 3-zone automatic air conditioner with anti-allergen filter ensures that the air inside the vehicle stays fresh and clean.

The completely redeveloped Touran is the first MPV to be based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). This brings many advantages as far as design and construction are concerned, such as a distinctive long wheelbase with very short body overhangs allowing a groundbreaking use of space. Despite an increase in overall vehicle length and greater demands on safety and comfort it has still been possible to achieve a weight reduction of 62 kg compared to the previous model. This, together with improvements to the vehicle’s aerodynamics, has resulted in a drop in fuel consumption: the engines, three petrol (TSI) with 81 kW / 110 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS, 132 kW / 180 PS and three diesel (TDI) with 81 kW / 110 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS, 140 kW / 190 PS, are now up to 19 per cent more economical. All models feature Stop/Start and battery regeneration (brake energy recuperation) systems as standard.

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The wide range of new assistance and infotainment systems are pioneering features in this vehicle class. Along with Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard, the family-friendly best-seller is also available with the adaptive cruise control system ACC and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Traffic Jam Assist, Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert and Trailer Assist, the trailer manoeuvring system. New features in the Touran include an electric tailgate open/close mechanism, the automatic Easy Open tailgate function (activated by a movement of the foot), driving profile selection and high-performance LED headlights.

No fewer than five radio and radio navigation systems are available for the new Touran. DAB+ digital radio is available for all these systems. For the three top devices, Volkswagen will also be offering AppConnect with CarPlay (Apple) and Android Auto (Google) and MirrorLink™ for the first time, enabling a wide array of apps to be mirrored in the infotainment system display. The Touran has another optional item available, one that will particularly appeal to families: electronic voice amplification. This system uses a microphone in the front passenger area to relay speech to the rear seat rows via the speakers installed in the rear.

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The Touran looks particularly sporty when fitted with the new R Line equipment range from Volkswagen R. The R Line exterior package includes special R Line bumpers among other features. Inside, the R Line interior package contains highlights such as exclusive seat covers.

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