New Volkswagen Touran MPV unveiled

Volkswagen has revealed the next-generation of its mid-size people carrier, the Touran. Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week, it sits in the line-up between the five-seater Golf SV and the full-size, seven-seat Sharan.

The latest Volkswagen Touran is based on the ubiquitous (and brilliant) MQB platform. It has grown by 13cm, with 11cm of that in the wheelbase, yet it weighs 62kg less.

Both five- and seven-seat versions will be available, the former with up to 1,040 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, more than any other car in the class. In both, a new fold-flat system leaves a completely flat floor with the seats folded away.

There are up to 47 storage compartments (or places for the kids to lose stuff, depending how you look at it) dotted around the interior, as well.

The exterior styling borrows cues from other recent additions to the VW range, notably the Golf SV and Passat. The interior design is all-new, with higher quality materials and the latest generation of infotainment, which features smartphone functionality.

A phalanx of safety systems are available, including automatic post-collision braking, autonomous emergency braking, and rear cross traffic alert. LED headlights are optional.

The UK range will include two petrols and three diesels. Petrol choices are 1.2- and 1.4-litre TSi units, producing 108bhp and 148bhp, respectively. Diesels start with a 108bhp 1.6 TDi, followed by 148bhp and 187bhp 2.0 motors. The latter comes with a DSG dual-clutch gearbox as standard; DSGs are optional on all others, bar the base petrol.

Volkswagen claims all the engines are up to 19 per cent more fuel efficient than their predecessors. The best performer in the range is the 1.6 TDi, which delivers up to 70.6mpg.

Some 1.9 million Tourans have been sold since it first went on sale in 2004. The new Touran goes on sale later this year, with full prices and specs due to be announced nearer the time.

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