My brother-in-law has one and is v happy with his. Personally I can't see the point in spending ?X000 more for an MPV than the car equiv e.g Golf v Touran. [Follows from Top Gear's feature on them - ?2-3k more for lots of head room  ]
If you need more room go for a Passat/Passat Estate or non-VW an Octavia or Superb - shed loads of room and VFM.
However that's my opinion, I think the Touran is the best MPV in its class
i would have gone for a Touran, but it was over our budget. Nice cars IMO. I would only opt for the "sport" model though.
I could have just scraped an SE spec TDI, but decided the Passat Estate sport was the better option.
I havent driven one, but have looked around a few. Nice family cars. I'd also recommend the park distance control thingy if you can opt for it, worthwhile for a resonably large car, can save ??? in repair bills.
Me and my wife have an 04 reg touran sport tdi and it has the sport supension fitted and it handles really well! The touran sport is a lot nicer inside than the golf as it has real brushed alloy trim and the seats are not as bland as the golf gt! The space inside is the big seller as the boot is huge and you can take out the back seats in seconds to turn it into a mini bus! We bought it new from vw un registered for ?18k and it should of been ?21k with the extras! If you want a well built good handling motor that has 7 seats then you would be well pleased with the touran! We are! By the way my other car is an anni. golf and I enjoy driving the touran as much!
IIRC we have a 'Touran Man' on the forum, I'm sure he will voice his opinions soon . . .
I absolutely love it! I have the 1.9 TDi S model in metallic black with winter pack and heat reflective factory tints. I paid ?14.5k and IMO that's a bargain. I am SO pleased with the car and try to find any excuse to drive it (it's the wifes as I have a Company motor).
It doesn't handle too bad TBH, we bought it because we go camping and we used to tow a trailer with all the gear in but in now all fits in the boot of the Touran!
I really can't praise them highly enough and the only thing really is that the engine is a little noisy although it has good soundproofing!
There was a docu on R4 a while back that explained the touran is built on a new prod principle in Germany. Basically, it's on the basis that the workers who built the car fix any inspection probs out of their on time before it leaves the factory.
One worker said that initially they were doing 2x overtime in order to fix build probs but after a couple of months they'd got their act together and now rarely need to do overtime. As a result the Touran is (alegedly) the best VW for quality - backed up by local dealers who said it explained why they see lots of warrenty work for the MKV but not for the Touran.
We've had it a couple of months and put 4k on it including a trip to Disnetland Paris and so far so good. It is just SO comfortable for long or short runs with plenty of room (we only have 1 kid).
Looking at NETDIs comments about paying a premium for more headroom, we got nearly ?2k discount on the Touran which we wouldn't have got on a Golf but although it's based on a Golf, you have BAGS more room.
I'll hopefully get some pics at the meet this weekend so I'll get them on here.
Touran Man, you're not wrong there!, I drove it expecting a "van" drive, but was pleasantly surprised at the car style refinement and the way it handles compared to the 7 seat Scenic and Zafira alternatives.
Berlingo is a bit primitive ? had a rental one for a week in France( seemed a very long week).
New Merc A Class gets top review in What Car, if you can live with the smaller boot. Cheaper, actually built more like a Merc this time round and loads of space inside. Had one on holiday (previous version) not all bad apart from the handling and fascia plastics but apparently they've sorted that all out on the new one. Maybe worth a look, just a thought if like you say you're counting the pennies. Not an MPV but depends on your reasons for changing I 'spose.
had mine now 5 months done 8k in it and only thing i can fault it on is if you have the window open even a slight bit when raining i.e when having a smoke then you stand to get soaked, i know it sounds trival but having owned a few cars where this is not a problem it does get on your nerves, but saying that if you dont smoke lol its a top car the 2LTR tdi i have will always top 45mpg even 7 up with luggage, the kids have tried their best to make their mark on it but to no avail, would have no hesitation in recommending it, just waiting for REVO to come up with the goods now....space with pace!!! lol
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