Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Touran Is VW's Most Efficient MPV

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Touran Is VW's Most Efficient MPV

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Byline: JOHN CONNOR

VOLKSWAGEN'S latest Touran is now on sale in the UK and the versatile seven seater has been tweaked and updated. Building on the fact that more than 1.13 million have been sold across Europe, VW's designers introduced a new front end with horizontal details that bring it into line with Golf, Polo and the equally new Touareg. At the same time, whilst acknowledging the appeal of the established model, they added redesigned light clusters with LED's and increased the load space from 695 to 1,913 litres by getting the third row of seats and the second row to fold away.

Added to this, there are 35 different storage compartments around the vehicle, whilst two petrol and four units give buyers a wide choice of power options.

The petrol engines are the 1.2 TSI 105ps with either standard or BlueMotion efficiency measures, and a 1.4 140ps unit married to a six-speed manual or seven speed DSG automatic system. The diesel line-up includes a 1.6 (90 or 105ps) or a 2.0-litre, 140 or 170ps. I drove the 2.0-litre diesel and not only do I think it is powerful enough to haul seven people plus their luggage, it is also frugal on the use of fuel with 61.4mpg being claimed at best.

Around town it is claimed to return is 42.8mpg and overall VW is saying 53.3mpg is attainable with the CO2 emission rating at 140g/km -good news for cash conscious family motorists.

In November VW's eco BlueMotion technology will be offered with the diesel line-up.

BlueMotion is a remarkable VW designed system that comes complete with the assistance of low rolling resistance tyres, battery regeneration and a computer programme which optimises fuel consumption, it will make the new Touran even more economic, a lot greener and the most efficient MPV Volkswagen has ever produced.

The Touran started life looking like a van with windows but it has evolved into a curvy MPV without loosing any interior space. …

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