Volkswagen has announced prices for its forthcoming compact MPV, the Touran, ahead of its UK launch on August 4. Starting at £14,535 on the road, the newcomer will offer impressive value for money through comprehensive standard equipment, an advanced range of economical engines, and expected class-leading residual values.
The Touran is the only vehicle in the compact MPV class to be offered with either five or seven seats. The latter, at a premium of £500 across the range, is expected to account for the majority of Touran sales, as the third row can be easily folded completely flat into the boot floor when not required, for maximum flexibility.
Standard equipment is comprehensive, with all models benefiting from ABS anti-lock braking system; ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme); twin front and side airbags, plus a curtain airbag system and three-point seatbelts for all passengers; central locking with remote control; CD player; and semi-automatic air conditioning.
Initially there will be a choice of four engines in the Touran: two petrol units comprising a 1.6-litre 102 PS and 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS, and two diesels: a 1.9-litre TDI 100 PS and a 2.0-litre TDI 136 PS 16-valve. All powerplants meet with Euro 4 emissions regulations – great news for company car drivers, who will be exempt from the three per cent diesel tax levy.
In the UK, the compact MPV class is a significant market sector that now accounts for some 170,000 units per year. Volkswagen expects to sell approximately 5,000 Tourans this year, rising to 11,000 in a full year.
Touran on the road prices
|Model||Five seats||Seven seats|
|S 1.6-litre 102 PS||£14,535||£15,035|
|S 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS||£15,620||£16,120|
|S 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS auto||£16,635||£17,135|
|S 1.9-litre TDI 100 PS||£15,820||£16,320|
|SE 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS||£17,025||£17,525|
|SE 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS auto||£18,020||£18,520|
|SE 1.9-litre TDI 100 PS||£17,225||£17,725|
|SE 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS auto||£18,225||£18,725|
|SE 2.0-litre TDI 136 PS||£18,525||£19,025|
|SE 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS auto||£19,525||£20,025|
|Sport 2.0-litre TDI 136 PS||£19,960||£20,460|
|Sport 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS auto||£20,960||£21,460|