Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI (DSG) Review
The do it all MPV

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
10 Jun 2014

Introduction, Exterior

By now we’re all too familiar with the merits of diesels. They’re cleaner, produce dollops of torque, have incredible range and the diesel clatter is but a distant (and faint) memory. Combine those attributes with an MPV body and you’ve got a near perfect family run around.

 There’s plenty of torque to haul both people and cargo when needed. And with a theoretical range of over 1,300km, you’ll be sure there’s more than enough to do the weekly school runs with enough to spare.



The Touran does little to hide its functional purpose. Like most MPVs, it is designed with its functional purpose kept strictly in mind. And this leaves its designers little room for creative expression. However, the advantage of its box-like body lines and stretched wheelbase allows for maximum space to be devoted to people and cargo.

Even then, the Touran isn’t a bad looker at all. Its Golf derived fascia hides an inherent sportiness that keeps it in close company with its smaller siblings. The MPV rides a little higher to accommodate the heavier loads envisioned.

To breathe a little pizazz into the humble MPV, Volkswagen provides it with chrome “Blade” 17-inch alloys for that added bling. 

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Engine Capacity 1598cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 16.5:1
Bore x Stroke (79.5 x 80.5)mm
Power 105bhp @ 4400rpm
Torque 250Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 65.3 bhp per ton


Acceleration 12.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 183 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 21.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type MPV
(L x W x H)
(4397 x 1794 x 1674) mm
Wheelbase 2678 mm
Turning Circle 5.6 metres
Kerb Weight 1607 kg
Boot Capacity 695 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1913 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs