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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Volkswagen Touran

Overall verdict
Better than the car it replaces, but not interesting, exciting or memorable.


Cabin quality, refinement, semi-usable third-row rear seats


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TDI R Line 5dr
9.3s 125g/km 150 £33,650
The cheapest
1.5 TSI EVO SE 5dr
11.4s 138g/km 150 £27,965
The greenest
2.0 TDI SEL 5dr DSG [7 Speed]
118g/km 150 £32,975