Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Diesel and MPV's- the Perfect Match

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Diesel and MPV's- the Perfect Match

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Volkswagen Touran 1.9 Tdi S 7st, List Price: pounds 15,920, What Car? Target Price: pounds 15,080, Combined mpg: 42.1, CO2 (g/km)/tax: 162/18%, Fuel cost: pounds 893

Few cars are more ideally suited to the needs of family life than the Touran, especially in 1.9 TDi S form. A quicker 140bhp 2.0 turbodiesel is available, but the What Car? choice is the more affordable 103bhp 1.9.

Although it isn't as quiet as some, it settles down at motorway speed and its flexible, punchy nature endows the Touran with decent pace.

It's fairly frugal ( an average of 42.1mpg ( and low CO2 emissions and Euro IV compliance leave a higher-rate taxpayer with a monthly bill of just pounds 94 and a basic-rate taxpayer with a pounds 52 bill.

The exceptionally practical cabin is central to the Touran's appeal.

There's bags of room in the front two seats and the three individual chairs behind them.

Each of these can also be slid, folded and removed. Further versatility comes courtesy of two seats that unfold from the floor of the cavernous, well-shaped boot. Limited head and legroom make them really fit for kids only.

Like the exterior, the cabin wins no prizes for design flair, but strong build quality and durable materials should allow it to withstand family life without complaint, while the fine driving position and simple dash layout make life easy behind the wheel.

The Touran drives better than many rivals. Around town the ride is firm but never uncomfortable, while good body control keeps it nimble through bends. It's not cheap to buy, but the Touran comes well equipped and all models fare well for safety kit.

Strong residual values mean that, after three years, our chosen model should recoup an impressive 60pcof its original value.

SILVER AWARD

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