THE NEW TOURAN
05 October 2016
An all-new generation of the best-selling MPV has arrived
Text/Photos : Volkswagen Group Singapore
Singapore, 22 June 2016 – Families have a very clear idea of what a vehicle perfectly tailored to their needs should offer. With their children on board, they need space – a lot of space for a comfortable life on the move. They also need storage bins and trays – lots of them. Variability is very important as well – for as many short or tall people as possible. Then there’s safety, for which no compromises will be accepted.
Volkswagen had all of this in mind when developing the Touran, a vehicle that’s a true all-rounder. Whether it’s a trip to the football pitch, a drive to school or a holiday excursion – the Touran is the most popular MPV in Germany and also extremely successful in Singapore. What’s more, because it’s so practical, even young adults and people without children like it, as does any driver who enjoys sitting up comfortably and high, and who values the type of versatility and intuitive ease of use that the Touran is able to offer.
Indeed, more than 1.9 million people have opted to purchase this Volkswagen since its debut in 2003. Now, an all-new generation of the MPV is being launched. It’s a Touran that’s been improved and made more efficient in every way – an MPV whose systematically implemented perfect attention to detail ensures it stands alone in the 7-seater MPV segment.
Moreover, if one sets aside the model’s new design, expanded interior space and cargo capacity, lower weight and efficient new engine, it becomes clear that the perfectly detailed solutions are in fact what makes the new Touran so unique.
New seating and air conditioning systems
The second generation Touran makes a convincing impression with its newly developed and highly variable fold-flat seat system. Then there are the important everyday details, such as storage bins, of which there are as many as 47 that can be used to hold all sorts of items.
The air-conditioning system represents yet another perfectly implemented detail: A new three-zone Pure Air Climatronic system, which includes a new filtering technology. Here, an air quality sensor with an active biogenic filter maintains air quality at a consistently high level and prevents the infiltration of pollutants, even up to and including fungal spores and allergens. This is a never-before-seen technology.
Enhanced safety through innovations that are unique in this segment
Volkswagen has made advances in active and passive safety through the use of a crash-optimised body that includes high-strength steels (resulting in an increase of 25 percent in the static stiffness of the body structure). The Touran also has seven airbags as standard, including a driver’s knee airbag, a chassis with passenger car-like attributes and a range of new assistance systems that’s pioneering in this class. The assistance systems featured for the first time in the Touran include the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard, the Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection system, and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking.
New technologies offer additional comfort
New comfort and convenience features in the Touran include driving profile selection and high-performance LED headlights. The new LED headlights replace the xenon system previously used in the Touran, and feature a dynamic cornering function as well as LED daytime running lights. Another new feature is the electronic parking brake with Auto Hold, which prevents unintentional rolling from a standstill position.
Efficient new TSI engine
The direct-injection turbocharged 1.4 TSI engine in the Touran is a completely new design. Producing 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque, it delivers strong performance (0-100 km/h in only 8.9 seconds) while consuming only 5.6 L/100km of fuel in the combined driving cycle. The Touran is fitted as standard with automatic engine stop/start and battery regeneration systems as standard.
A total of four versions to choose from
The Touran is available in two equipment levels – the Trendline and Comfortline. Even the Trendline is very well equipped, with leather upholstery, cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers, an electronic vehicle immobiliser and the new Pure Air Climatronic system all coming as standard. The Comfortline has even more equipment, including a multi-function steering wheel, rear view camera and panoramic sunroof.
An additional equipment package (EQP) comprising four features – LED headlights, keyless entry and starting, driving profile selection and Front Assist – can be ordered for both the Trendline and Comfortline models.
IN DETAIL – Exterior
Precise design, sharpened proportions
The new Touran is 4,527 mm long, which makes it 130 mm longer than the previous model. Nevertheless, despite having the largest cargo capacity in its class, it retains compact exterior dimensions. This is due to an innovative design approach. The maximum utilisation of a minimum vehicle footprint, with all the associated practical advantages for driving and manoeuvring, is made possible by the innovative Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB).
Thanks to the optimum packaging enabled by the MQB, the increase in overall length could be applied to an unusually large extent to the wheelbase, which at 2,791 mm is now 113 mm longer than the previous model’s. The longer wheelbase directly increases the usable interior space. The body of the new Touran is 1,829 mm wide (an increase of 36 mm) and 1,628 mm high (a decrease of 6 mm). The increased length and width and the reduced height give the vehicle considerably more dynamic-looking proportions – and provided an excellent opportunity for the designers to exercise their creativity.
The design of the car has been completely reworked. The Touran’s new powerful and precise lines pick up the reductive clarity of the previous model. At the same time, the design concept was significantly further refined, and even reinvented in some cases, in order to give the vehicle a sharper look while retaining a strong underlying continuity.
What emerges is an original with an enhanced and noticeably lighter and sportier look, thanks to the long side windows and precise lines. Volkswagen was also able to improve the aerodynamics in the Touran further, whereby the aerodynamic drag coefficient has been reduced to 0.296 – an extraordinarily good Cd value for an MPV. The more dynamic proportions, the expressive Volkswagen design language and the aerodynamic perfection achieved combine to give the new Touran a sporty, powerful and modern air. With its increased overall length and longer wheelbase, the Touran also now appears considerably sleeker and more grown-up.
The distinctive details of the Touran’s front section lend it a new and unmistakable depth of class. The front is organised into a number of detailed horizontal sections that help to emphasise the sense of width. The lines all complement one another logically and harmoniously. For example, the cross pieces of the radiator grille extend naturally into the headlights to form a single, cohesive element. The headlights themselves are much slimmer than those of the previous model, and have a more three-dimensional shape.
Powerful wheel arches and horizontal lines form the visual accents at the sides of the vehicle. The window design is noticeably flatter and more stylish than in the previous model, extending once again from the A-pillar all the way back to the D-pillar. The new proportions of this glass surface, the more distinct areas around the A-pillar and D-pillar, and the new glossy B-pillar and narrower C-pillar all add to the sense of exclusivity.
IN DETAIL – Interior
Perfect package with a new fold-flat seat system
An MPV can only be successful if the interior – the journeying space – meets the demands of everyone on board. Since day one, the secret of the Touran’s success has been its interior, which has now been further refined for the new generation model. Not one aspect of the previous model was left untouched in the process, which also included enhancements to quality and ergonomics.
The new fold-flat seating system plays a key role in this, allowing the three individual seats in the second row and the two individual seats in the third row to be folded down in a matter of seconds to create a perfectly level continuous floor. Utilisation of the full luggage space of up to 1,857 litres (loaded roof-high up to the front seat backrests) is made possible by easy-to-use lugs for folding down the backrests of the second row and third row seats and lowering the whole seats flat into the luggage compartment floor. In other words, all seats stay inside the vehicle and are simply folded flat to create space as needed. With the second seat row, it is easy to do this from the side; the third row can also be easily folded down or up, access in this case being from the luggage compartment.
One major feature of the new Touran is the length of the interior, which has increased by 63 mm to 1,779 mm. This is where the design advantages of the Modular Transverse Matrix really come into play: the additional interior space is immediately noticeable in all three seat rows.
Dashboard and seats
The Touran’s dashboard has been redesigned with a more driver-oriented layout. The upper area of the dashboard panel is made of a slush-moulded soft-touch material and contains a closable storage compartment. The focus of the driver’s work station both visually and ergonomically is the centre console, which slopes up towards the front. In front of the gear lever there is a storage compartment, and additional storage compartments and trays are located, among other places, on the side of the instruments and in the footwell on the passenger side (for tablet computers). On the Comfortline, there are LED lighting strips along the sides of the very large panoramic sunroof (1.34 m2 as compared to 1.15 m2 in the previous model). These indirectly illuminate the closed sun roof blind as well.
The driver and front passenger sit 625 mm above street level in the new Touran. By comparison, this distance in the Golf GTI measures 477 mm. The Touran’s front seats enable a correspondingly upright seating position. Compared with the previous model, the steering column is at a slightly flatter angle to the dashboard; the steering wheel is therefore now more upright, giving it a sportier feel.
In addition to the storage areas in the dashboard, the driver and passenger also have the use of two cup holders in the centre console, a stowage area under the centre armrest, large compartments in the doors and sliding drawers under the front seats. In the Comfortline version, the Touran is also fitted with folding tables and storage pockets on the back of the front seats.
The Touran’s longer wheelbase also benefits passengers in the frequently used second seat row, who will appreciate the added 40 mm available when adjusting the three individual seats. The second row seats can be adjusted lengthwise with a total travel of 200 mm. The backrest inclination can also be adjusted, with a choice of three positions. The area in front of the centre seat is more comfortable now thanks to a very flat centre tunnel.
Another new feature is the armrest built into the centre seat, for the use of passengers in the outer seats. The newly designed fold-flat seats also improve seating ergonomics and increase headroom by 6 mm. The Touran has an interior width of 1,518 mm at elbow height in the second seat row. This size makes it possible to fit three child seats next to each other, which is not the case in many other MPVs. All three seats in the second row (as well as the two in the third row) are equipped with ISOFIX fixtures that include top tether fixtures.
Legroom in the third row has also been improved (by an extra 54 mm). Entry and exit have been optimised as well, with the second seat row now equipped with an easy entry function that allow the seats to slide forward. There is also more headroom (an extra 13 mm).
IN DETAIL – Assistance, convenience and infotainment systems
The new Touran is extremely safe
The assistance systems available for the first time in the Touran include the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection. The systems in detail:
Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is a technological highlight that comes as standard in Volkswagen’s MQB models. It automatically slows the vehicle down if it is involved in an accident in order to reduce its residual kinetic energy. The system is triggered when a primary collision has been detected by the airbag sensors. The driver can ‘override’ the system at any time – for example, by noticeably accelerating. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking with greater deceleration than the system deceleration. In essence, this driver assistance system applies the brakes and slows the car down to a speed of 10 km/h. This residual speed enables the car to be driven to a safe place to stop following the braking process.
Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection system
The proactive occupant protection system is fitted to the Touran EQP models. If the system detects a potential accident situation – for example, through the initiation of hard braking – the front seatbelts are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt system. When a highly critical and unstable driving situation is detected – such as severe oversteer or understeer with ESP intervention – the side windows are closed (except for a small gap) along with the panoramic sunroof. This is done because the head and side airbags offer optimal support and are most effective when the windows and roof are nearly closed.
Front Assist with the City Emergency Braking function
Front Assist is a system for warning the driver and braking automatically in the event of an imminent collision. One component of the Front Assist system is the City Emergency Braking function. Whereas Front Assist warns drivers against getting too close to the vehicle in front and of any potential collision at higher speeds, City Emergency Braking performs this role in slower urban traffic. The system works as follows:
- Safety on the motorway. Front Assist uses a radar sensor integrated into the front end of the car to continually monitor the distance to vehicles ahead. Front Assist helps the driver in critical situations by preconditioning the brake system and alerting the driver to any required reactions through visual and audible warnings, and in a second stage by a brief warning jolt. If the driver fails to brake hard enough, Front Assist generates sufficient braking force to avoid a collision. If the driver fails to react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the vehicle down.
- Safety in the city. The City Emergency Braking function, which is an extension of the Front Assist system, monitors the area in front of the Touran at speeds up to 30 km/h. In an emergency, the system can autonomously brake the car.
Driving profile selection
A total of four driving profile programmes are available in the new Touran. They are: Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual. In the Eco driving mode, engine control, the air conditioning unit and other auxiliary systems are regulated in a manner that ensures optimal fuel efficiency. A DSG coasting function can also be used with the Eco mode: If the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator – for example, on downhill stretches – the DSG disengages and the engine idles. This enables optimal utilisation of the Touran’s kinetic energy. In Sport mode, on the other hand, the engine response and shifting points of the DSG are configured to be more dynamic.
Electronic parking brake
The electronic parking brake offers numerous benefits. Firstly, the lack of a conventional hand brake frees up space on the centre console. In addition, the brake is automatically released when the vehicle is put into motion, which simplifies driving off up a hill. Last but not least, the Auto Hold function prevents unintentional rolling from a standstill position.
New infotainment systems
The new Touran is being launched with the most modern infotainment systems offered by the Volkswagen Group. Both the 5-inch Composition Color (Trendline) and 6.5-inch Composition Media (Comfortline) systems have extremely fast processors that ensure rapid operation of all features. Music can be fed in via the CD player, AUX-IN socket or SD card.
The Composition Media also has a USB interface and Bluetooth connectivity, plus a proximity sensor. As soon as the driver’s or front passenger’s finger approaches the touchscreen, the infotainment system automatically switches from the display mode to a user control mode. The normal display mode is distinguished by a format reduced to the essentials. In the user control mode, on the other hand, the elements that can be activated via touchscreen are specially highlighted, which simplifies intuitive control.