Touran couldn’t find many takers in the European market even though it is golf based Volkswagen. In Europe customers felt that the style of this vehicle is boring and lacks modern look. Not many of the Europeans would have heard about this car. Touran will be a good choice for the buyers in India as a compact MPV. Though the design and shape is not appreciated by many, the well- appointed and classy cabin interiors and wide choice of engines makes this vehicle an efficient MPV for the Indian market. the engine versions even include the most efficient Bluemotion version. This vehicle is considered as the smaller version of the seven –seater “Sharan”. What makes this compact MPV a better vehicle is the efficiency it provide and styling.
The 2012 Touran from Volkswagen is a face lifted model of the earlier Touran. The new face of Touran comes with horizontal grille, angular bumper and tail gates similar to the sedans of Volkswagen. Only the top sports version comes with features like large alloys,tinted rear windows and chrome trim. The basic models have traditional shape which is not very attractive when compared to other MPVs in the market.
The most positive factor about the Touran is the high quality interiors. The dash board is neatly and logically laid out and the driving seat comes with a high driving position. You cannot expect luxury cabins in this vehicle but the cabin is much user friendly than the most luxury vehicles. The Touran has seven seats but using all the seven seats will make the vehicle congested. Folding the rear seats will make the boot space reduced to merely 121 litres. The company offers 39 different types of seating configurations for this vehicle. The excellent ergonomics and the adjustable seats and steering wheel make this vehicle more user friendly.
The standard features include air-conditioning, rear-view camera, cruise control, electric windows and alloy wheels. The higher end versions come with parking sensors, automatic head lights and wipers, USB port and park assistance feature. There are plenty of storage spaces available in the cabin.
Te MPV Touran comes in four-cylinder petrol and diesel versions. The powerful diesel engine accelerates to the 100kmph within 9 seconds. The petrol version engines provide smooth power delivery and plenty of torque. This is the first vehicle from Volkswagen to use the PQ35 platform with the multi-link rear suspension. The excellent ride quality and refinement makes this vehicle suitable for highway rides. There are different chassis control options available.
It is expected that if Touran gets launched in India Volkswagen would price it from 13 lakhs. This is would place Touran in a bracket above the popular MPV in India Toyota Innova.