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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Touran
For:Cabin quality, refinement, semi-usable third-row rear seats
Against:Forgettable, taxi-driver image
What is it?
A Golf, only with seven-seats and, erm, little else besides. But we’re not complaining. The Golf ranks among our favourite hatchbacks, so the Touran really ought to be good. And it is, if a bit worthy. This new one sits on the hugely versatile MQB platform, which underpins everything from Golfs and A3s right the way up to the tremendous Skoda Superb. It’s a bit wider and significantly longer than the car it replaces, but lighter and oftentimes more economical. As the added benefit is a great deal of extra interior space, particularly for passengers, this is one example of new car growth we thoroughly approve of.