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08 Aug 2016 | Text by Desmond Chan, Photos by Low Fai Ming

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Mightily-Polished Vehicle

The new Volkswagen Touran is an accomplished people-carrier that will appeal to the sensible and practical family man.


1.9 million - that's the number of people that have bought a Volkswagen Touran since its inception in 2003. This Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) has been a runaway success in Germany, and has proven to be very popular in Singapore as well.

This model you see is the all new second generation model, built on Volkswagen's scalable Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, which also underpins other models in the brand's lineup, including the Golf, the Passat, and the Tiguan. While it may not look drastically dissimilar from its predecessor, just about everything on the second generation model is new - from the engine to its seating system, and even the air-conditioning system.

The Touran's combination of space, comfort and practicality has proved to be a winning formula for Volkswagen

It is almost 13 months ago to this day that we first experienced the new Touran in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Now, as it finally makes its way to our shores, it's time to find out how this ever-popular model fares on our roads. 

Exterior

One of the key benefits of the new MQB platform is that Volkswagen can now make the new Touran bigger (both length and width) while managing to shave 62kg of weight off. The wheelbase is now 113mm longer than before, which translates to more usable interior space. 

Visually, the car retains the same overall shape of its predecessor, but is certainly much better-looking as a result of more chiselled lines. Once you look a little more closely, many of the new details begin to catch your eye. Among them, the head lights are now much sharper as they cut into the radiator grille while the roof line appears a tad sleeker as it tapers nicely off the edge.

However, the most notable difference is in the positioning of the car's shoulder line - in the old model, it's about level with the top of the wheels, which means a lot more of the car appears atop the line than beneath, creating an impression of height.

Sharper details, such as the sleek LED head lights, give the new Touran a more distinct-looking fascia

For the new car, its located much higher up, along the door handles. This creates a visual sense of girth and muscular presence, with more of the car underneath the sharp shoulder line.
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Car Information

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Price

: $154,900

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve TSI Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1395cc

Horsepower

:

110kW (148 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

250 Nm / 3500 rpm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

8.9sec

Top Speed

:

209km/h

Fuel consumption

:

17.9 km/L

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