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2010-11-30 11:19

GOLF NOT BIG ENOUGH?: VW’s second-generation Touran is set to go on sale early in the new year, for those who have family in excess of their Golf6’s capabilities.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer VW
Model Touran
Engine 1.2TSI, 2.0TDI, 1.4TDI
Power 77kW @ 5 500-, 81kW @ 4 200-, 103kW @ 5 600r/min
Torque 175Nm @ 1 550-, 250Nm @ 1 750-, 220Nm @ 1 500r/min
Transmission Six-speed
Zero To Hundred 11.9-, 12.1-, 9.5 sec
Top Speed 185-, 183-, 205km/h
Fuel Tank 60l
Airbags Six
Service Plan 5 year/90 000km
Warranty 3 year/120 000km
VW’s announced pricing and specifications on the second-generation Touran MPV, due to go on sale locally early next year.

The new Touran - based on VW’s Golf6 platform - will present a four-model strong range locally, driven by three power options – two petrol engines and a turbodiesel.

When it arrives at local dealers early next year the Touran will debut VW’s new 77kW 1.2 TSI engine locally. Fleshing out the range are two 2.0 TDI models (with either a manual or DSG transmission) and a 103kW 1.4 TSI in Highline trim.


Although the second-generation Touran retains its predecessor’s proportions and silhouette, the styling details gain VW’s current family familiar grille (featuring strongly accented chrome finish horizontal lines) and LED embedded head- and taillights.

The tailgate is framed atop by a neat (and very subtle) roof spoiler, whilst colour-coded bumpers harmonise the styling package.

Inside, the new Touran features predominantly Golf6 cabin architecture and detailing. The instrument binnacle, dial design, centre-console and three-spoke steering wheel (with split vertical spoke) will all be familiar to Golf6 owners.

Standard cabin features tally a multifunction steering wheel (which is optional on Golf6), onboard computer, climatic air-conditioning, VW’s RCD-310 radio/MP3 player (relaying sound via eight-speakers) and cruise control.

Touran’s more notable options include park distance control (R3 880), rearview camera (R5 880), SatNav (R28 800) and a six-disc capacity CD-changer (R4 770).

Safety features include dual front airbags and curtain safety restraints for first and second-row occupants.

In terms of utility VW claims Touran offers between 121- and 1 931-litres of luggage space, depending on the seating configuration deployed. There are 39 stowage spaces scattered around the cabin too – so if the kids lose a toy it may take quite some time to find. VW's seven-seater package adds R7 900, and not available on the entry-level 1.2TSI.

Mechanically the new Touran continues with its predecessor’s all-wheel independent suspension configuration. A comprehensive suite of chassis stability systems are standard fitment too. These include all the usual anti-lock brake boosted acronyms such as ESP, EBD, ASR and even an electronic differential lock to boost traction between the front-wheel on slippery surfaces.


A line-up of VW’s most efficient direct-injection engines ensure no matter which Touran you buy, it should (statistically) be capable of sub 7l/100km consumption.

The entry-level 1.2 TSI drives 77kW and 175Nm through a six-speed transmission to the front wheels. Mid-range is the 2.0 TDI, worth 81kW and 250Nm, with the option of dual-pedal DSG shifting convenience in addition to a six-speed manual transmission.

VW’s twin-charged 1.4 TSI headlines the new Touran range, being the only model capable of a sub 10 second 0-100km/h time, courtesy of its 103kW peak power output.

Claimed consumption is outstanding throughout the range. The 1.2 TSI should return 6.4l/100km, its larger 1.4-litre sibling 6.8/100km and the two turbodiesel models 5.7l/100km and 5.4l/100km, respectively, for the DSG and manual transmission model.

If VW’s T5 people carriers are too large for your claustrophobic town-house complex parking and a Caddy too utilitarian, the new Touran could make a lot of sense for those who desire a Golf6 - yet need more space.


1.2 77kW TSI Trendline – R260 300
2.0 81kW TDI Comfortline Manual – R286 500
2.0 81kW TDI Comfortline DSG – R301 000
1.4 103kW TSI Highline – R299 800


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