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New VW Touran 2015: Renovated compact van from 23,350 euros

Ingo Barenschee
Geneva Auto Salon 2020
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D he new VW Touran is now also available with the top -Motors can be ordered. The 180 hp 1.8 TSI is shifted with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and costs 34,250 euros including highline equipment. The 190 PS strong TDI can be ordered in the Highline equipment line with 6-speed DSG from 37,150 euros. The prices for the Touran start at 23,350 euros for the 110 hp petrol engine. The base price is 100 euros higher than the predecessor. The 110 PS turbodiesel in the VW Touran is available from 26,325 euros. If the choice falls on the 150 PS strong 1.4 TSI, at least 30,075 euros are due, the 150 PS strong turbodiesel costs from 30,975 euros. The 'Milano' design package is also new, with features such as ambient lighting, a black headliner, piano lacquer applications, a multifunction steering wheel and heated front seats. The Comfortline and Highline equipment lines start at 1,675 euros.

After a good 12 years on the market and 1.9 million units produced, the time has come for a generation change for the VW Touran. The new one is based - this is no surprise - on the modular transverse matrix and is therefore the first van to be built on the group platform.

You can find our seat sample in the new VW Touran here

With the change to the new base, the VW Touran grows in length and width, and at the same time shrinks marginally in height (see table). Similar to the Golf Sportsvan, VW has given the Touran sportier proportions. Thanks to the extra wheelbase of 113 mm, the compact van should offer more space inside than its predecessor.

Despite the larger dimensions, VW was able to reduce the weight of the Touran by up to 62 kg. The seven-seater van, which is still available as a seven-seater, has slimmed down in terms of drive technology, the 25% stiffer body and the newly developed rear seat system. In addition, their adjustment range has been enlarged so that passengers have more legroom if necessary. When loaded to the roof, the trunk volume behind the rear seat increases by 48 to 1,040 liters. Compared to the data of the predecessor, however, the maximum total volume of the seven-seater variant is smallerfrom 1,913 to 1,857 liters. The biggest advantage of the new seating system is that the armrests of the individual seats (including the front passenger seat) can be folded down to create a level loading area.

With the generation change, VW has also modernized the Touran's range of engines. Furthermore, three TSI and three TDI engines are offered, all of which develop more power than before (see table). Due to the reduced weight and improved aerodynamics (Cd value: 0.296), the engines should also be up to 19% more economical than in the previous model. The most economical model with a petrol engine is the 150 hp VW Touran 1.4 TSI, which, in conjunction with the 7-speed DSG, consumes an average of 5.4 l /100 km. Among the diesels, the 110 hp 1.6 TDI with an average consumption of 4.1 l /100 km (with 7-speed DSG) is the most economical variant. All engines are equipped with a start-stop system as standard.

VW Touran with numerous new assistance systems

In the area of ​​assistance systems and infotainment, the new Touran is also up to date with VW -Technology available. The van is equipped with the multi-collision brake as standard. New on the option list are ...

  • the automatic distance control ACC
  • the environment monitoring system Front Assist with the integrated city emergency braking function (guides below in the event of an impending collision emergency braking is automatically activated from 30 km /h)
  • the proactive occupant protection system
  • the lane change warning system including parking assistant that monitors cross traffic when reversing out of parking spaces
  • the trailer assist, the maneuvering with a trailer is made easier

When it comes to infotainment, the new VW Touran benefits from the second generation of the modular infotainment kit (MIB). In future, customers will be able to choose from five different radio and infotainment systems, all of which are equipped with a touch screen (5 - 8 inches) and can be equipped with DAB + digital radio reception. The Dynaudio speaker system is available for the three top systems. Mirror-Link technology and App Connect with Apple Car Play or Android Auto for displaying and operating smartphone apps via the infotainment system's touchscreen are brand new.

What else is new:

  • For the first time, LED headlights are available for the VW Touran. The headlights are offered in two versions. The top version comes with dynamic cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and the option of dynamic high beam control. VW will no longer offer xenon headlights.
  • The three-zone automatic air conditioning has been extensively revised and is to be equipped with a new filter technology guarantee consistently high air quality.
  • Is the Touran with theequipped with an automatic locking and starting system (Keyless Access), the electric tailgate can be opened with a foot movement . In addition, the trunk lighting is removable and can be used as a flashlight .
  • The new driving profile selection allows the response of the engine, the switching points of the DSG or the Adjust damping to individual needs. Vehicles with DSG transmissions are also more fuel-efficient with the sailing function.
  • An electric handbrake replaces the conventional variant with a handbrake lever. Advantage: when starting up a hill, the handbrake is released automatically.

Market launch in September 2015

The new VW Touran celebrates its premiere (for Sitzprobe ) at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. In addition to all the technical innovations, the van has also been visually significantly changed. The radiator grille at the front now has three chrome-colored cross struts that extend into the flatter headlights. When viewed from the side, the new VW Touran can be identified by its lower window area than its predecessor, the glossy black B and C pillars and the optional chrome surrounds on the side windows. At the rear, the differences are particularly evident in the changed design of the taillights.

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