8 February 2017

VW Touran is Europe’s top selling MPV

Volkswagen’s Touran is, for the first time, Europe’s most successful MPV with more than 112,000 new registrations in 2016, writes Trish Whelan.

The latest generation of the all-rounder with its innovative driver assistance and infotainment systems, is sold over 40 countries worldwide. With its fold-flat seats (with up to seven seats and 834 litres of boot space), the Touran ranks as one of the most variable multi-purpose cars of any class.

Volkswagen recently updated one of the Touran’s most important driver assistance systems: the ACC (including Front Assist surroundings monitoring and City Emergency Brake function). The adaptive cruise control now covers the speed range from 30 to 210 km/h (previously 30 to 160 km/h).

Combined with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG), this spectrum widens from 0 to 210 km/h. With ACC and DSG, the Touran now moves through stop-and-go traffic almost automatically and slows to a stop and pulls away again autonomously. The car also has the 3-zone Climatronic system and the Car-Net Cam Connect camera system - where a GoPro camera removes the need for parents to turn around by showing a picture of any children in the back, on the infotainment system’s monitor.

Prices start at €30,045 and there is a €1,500 deposit contribution for cars ordered before 31 March as well as finance rates of 1.9pc APR on Highline models.