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It doesn't matter what happens afterwards. If someone hasn't heard of the word "turbo," you'll be sure that they haven't heard of "supercharged" as well.

19 Feb 2010

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And that's the problem with the Touran. The average guy next door might not know enough about the automobile, yet, he'd still want to splurge on a nice, big family mover with the cliché "value for money" phrase in mind.

So take it a step beyond cubes and tell said neighbour that it certainly has numbers worth screaming for - 170 bhp and 240 Nm to be exact.

Add to the fact that our previous, 6-speed DSG equipped Touran test car got to 100km/h from rest in 8.33 seconds. Obviously not R material, but quick when compared to smaller, lighter cars.

Generally flexible

The Touran has lots of hidden abilities. We say that because you'll probably find yourself looking at it and thinking that it looks like any other people-mover. You're right though, because that's where it starts off from.

Milk-chocolate coloured leather-coated seats greet the eye amongst other high-quality materials in the cabin which already make it more comfortable than your average C-class. Add gunmetal-coloured garnish-bits to make it more interesting, and throw in the new Volkswagen CD-radio console in ebony.

The bright projector headlamps are of course, driver-adjustable for beam angle, so be sure to set it at "3" and above if you're driving in Singapore, lest you want drivers in front of you to indulge in gestures galore.

Flexibility of the Touran beats many in its class - legroom was found to be spot-on even for dwellers of Fat Town USA. The front and middle row of seats were both horizontally and vertically (recline) adjustable, while third row seats were partially reclinable. They also fold down in order to accommodate more luggage.

The double-folding front passenger seat, along with the driver's chair, incorporates lunch trays big enough for a 15-inch screen Macbook Pro. And if all this isn't enough for you, release the levers to take care of those chairs which gladly, don't feel like they weigh as much as timbre furniture at home.

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders in-line 16-valves

Engine Cap

:

1390cc

Horsepower

:

127kW (170 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

240 Nm / 1500 rpm

Transmission

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6-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

8.33sec (tested)

Top Speed

:

212km/h

Fuel consumption

:

13.1km/L

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