2016 Volkswagen Touran

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About the Car

2016 Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles together offer one of the most diverse and attractive ranges of MPVs anywhere in the world. The passenger car brand from Wolfsburg has the Golf Sportsvan, the Touran and the Sharan, while Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hanover supplements the range of MPVs with the Caddy and the Multivan. In terms of market positioning, all five model series complement each other, covering an extremely broad range of applications. The MPV portfolio is also one of the youngest on the market: The Golf Sportsvan was presented in 2014; the latest generations of the four other MPVs made their debut only recently. The latest version of the Touran, which is positioned between the Sharan and the Caddy, 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 remains a compact MPV. This is due to an innovative design approach. You can find more visual details of the 2016 Volkswagen Touran gallery by scrolling up.

More specifically, the MQB allows for optimal packaging

Here, 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 the vehicle’s overall length could be applied to an unusually large extent to the wheelbase, which at 2,791 mm is now 113 mm longer than that of the previous model. The longer wheelbase directly increases the usable interior space. The galvanised body of the new Touran is 1,814 mm wide (an increase of 41 mm; not including exterior mirrors) and 1,628 mm high (a decrease of 6 mm; not including roof rails). 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.

2016 Volkswagen Touran

Body design

The design of the Touran 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, which is similar to what was done with the Multivan. 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 designers refined the overall shape of the previous body, giving it a more commanding aura by adding modern, sculptured surfaces which create dramatic interplays of light and shade and precise horizontal lines. For all its heightened proportions and increased dynamism, the outward appearance of the new Touran remains faithful to its intrinsic character – that of a practical, high-quality MPV that offers plenty of room for ensuring comfortable long journeys.


The distinctive details of the Touran’s “face” – the 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 each other 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; they also provide a common theme that unifies the front and the side sections. Furthermore, the Touran is the first Volkswagen MPV to offer LED headlights as an option. The Touran is characterised throughout by fine, carefully executed details. At the front, these include the slim lower breather opening, which serves to accentuate the Touran’s width and low centre of gravity.


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. The Touran can also be refined with smart chrome trim around the windows for the first time (from Comfortline models; standard with Highline). Below the side windows is a precisely contoured shoulder line starting above the front wheel arch and extending to the D-pillar – another feature that emphasises the length of the Touran. An additional eye-catching highlight of the silhouette is the character line, into which the door handles are precisely incorporated. From the side, this gives the impression that the line and door handles are merged in one single strip. The character line is a classic style feature of the Volkswagen brand, one that effectively demarcates surfaces. In the Touran, it starts at the side profile of the headlight at the height of the A-pillar and continues through to its conclusion at the newly designed tail light cluster. Another characteristic feature of the brand, the D-pillar, has also been given a more powerful and dynamic design than in the previous model. A distinctive angle in the outline of the side window and the elegant descent of the roof line give it a flatter and therefore sportier appearance than before. Last but not least, the Touran has very charismatic side sills, which create an impression of stability and reinforce the silhouette’s commanding air.

16, 17 and 18-inch wheels. The wheels form a distinctive stylistic element of the silhouette. Touran Trendline models are equipped with a 16-inch combination (steel rims with “Design A” 9-spoke wheel trims and 205/60 tyres). Alloy wheels (“Trondheim”, five double spokes) of the same dimensions are offered as standard from the Touran Comfortline. The Touran Highline is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels as standard (“Stockholm”, 10-spoke wheels) and 215/55 tyres. Depending on the version chosen, 16-inch steel wheels (“Design B”) and 16-inch alloy wheels (“Brighton”) are available as an option (each with 205/60 tyres), as are 17-inch “Vallelunga” alloy wheels (215/55 tyres), 17-inch “Salvador” alloy wheels from Volkswagen R with 215/55 tyres and – also developed by Volkswagen R – 18-inch “Marseille” alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres.


The character line draws the distinctive rear section of the Touran naturally into the overall design. Level with the VW badge, another line flows into the tail light cluster (LED lights as an option) and forms an aerodynamic trailing edge. The number plate frame is a downward-facing trapezium that complements the sweep of the tail light clusters far into the vehicle silhouette, adding to the sense of width and giving a pleasant appearance to the rear. The narrow tail light clusters blend harmoniously into the linear framework of the rear. The light signature displays a newly developed segment-specific graphic; the reflectors are positioned low and wide, effectively shifting the visual centre of gravity downwards. Rounding off the rear section is the stylised black diffuser.

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The new Touran is a miracle of space in the world of compact MPVs

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 of this best-selling MPV. 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, as well as the passenger seat backrest (Comfortline and above) 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 of the 7-seater) 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, where they form a continuous, level load platform. 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.

Noticeably longer interior

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: As was mentioned above, a large proportion of the 130 mm increase in body length over the previous model was applied to the interior via the 113-mm longer wheelbase, and this is immediately noticeable in all three seat rows. The interior in detail:

Dashboard, instruments, controls

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 chrome-trimmed air vents (above the centre console) and the switch for the hazard warning lights occupy a central position. In the area below, a decorative element extends wing-like across the full width of the dashboard. A closable storage compartment is integrated into this element on the passenger side. Depending on the trim level chosen, it serves as an additional glove compartment or a media compartment (CD player, USB port, Bluetooth telephony, etc.). In the middle of the wing-like element is the infotainment system with its black gloss frame; below that are the controls for the climate control system and a panel of buttons for operating, among other things, the Stop/Start system, the Driver Profile Selection function, the electric tailgate and the Park Assist park-steering assistant). 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 that can be equipped with an optional interface for connecting a smartphone to the external antenna. Additional storage compartments and trays are located, among other places, on the left of the new instruments (sporty tubes) and in the footwell on the passenger side (for tablet computers). The Highline equipment line also includes ambient lighting units as standard; for the first time ever, these are fitted not only in the doors and footwells but also in lighting strips along the sides of the very large (optional) panoramic sun roof (1.34 m2 as compared to 1.15 m2 in the previous model). This indirectly illuminates the closed sun roof blind as well.

Seat row 1 (driver’s seat and passenger seat)

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. As is typical of Volkswagen, both models display the highest ergonomic standards, despite their many differences. The new Touran’s optional electrically adjustable 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 (heated steering wheel available on request) 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 large stowage area under the centre armrest, large compartments in the doors and sliding drawers under the front seats. From the Comfortline version, the Touran is also fitted with folding tables and storage bags on the back of the front seats.

Seat row 2 (three individual 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. If the seats in the second row are being used, a seat belt indicator lets the driver know when all passengers are safely strapped. For the first time, the Touran also offers heated rear seats and a three-zone automatic climate control system in the rear (Pure Air Climatronic as an option). Another new feature is the armrest built into the centre seat, for the use of passengers in the outer seats. Sun protection in the form of roller blinds integrated into the doors is also offered as an option – an important detail when young children are aboard. 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.

Seat row 3 (two individual seats)

The third seat row offers another two individual seats. Legroom here 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). As was already the case with the second seat row, the third row now also features seat belt detection and ISOFIX fixings that include top tether fixtures.

You can find more visual details of the 2016 Volkswagen Touran gallery by scrolling up.

Luggage compartment

All the rear seats, plus the backrest of the passenger seat (Comfortline and above), can be folded down to form a level load platform that can be configured as desired. If the 5-seater Touran is loaded to the upper edge of the back of the 2nd row bench, the luggage compartment can accommodate a volume of up to 743 litres. When this area is loaded up to the roof height, volume increases to 1,040 litres. In this case, a net partition is fitted behind the second seat row. If the partition is placed behind the backrests of the driver’s seat and passenger seat, the volume increases to 1,980 litres. The equivalent figures for the 7-seater Touran (loaded up to the roof height) are 917 and 1,857 litres. From the Comfortline version and above, the 5-seater Touran is equipped with a variable luggage compartment floor as standard. An optional cargo management system is also available for the 5-seater and 7-seater versions. This entails a new system with two rails into which rods can be positioned to support a net that can be configured for use as a bag or storage compartment.

The new engines for the Touran are more powerful and also up to 19 per cent more economical

The new Touran features a total of six new or perfected engines – three petrol engines (TSI) and three diesel units (TDI). All the engines are four-cylinder direct injection engines with turbocharging and all are fully compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standard. Stop/Start and brake energy recuperation systems are fitted to all models. Although the new engines are up to 19 per cent more economical, it was still possible to improve their performance and thus the vehicle’s agility. The TSI engines (efficiency class B) develop 81 kW / 110 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS and 132 kW / 180 PS. The TDI engines (efficiency class A) also produce 81 kW / 110 PS and 110 kW / 150 PS, with the top-of-the-range version delivering 140 kW / 190 PS. With the exception of the base model (TSI with 110 PS), all the engines can be combined with an automatic dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). The 6-speed and 7-speed DSG versions are equipped with a coasting function, whereby the engine is disengaged from the drivetrain when the vehicle coasts in order to utilise kinetic energy in an optimal manner and thus reduce fuel consumption even further. The DSG gearbox is standard with the most powerful petrol and diesel engines. The TSI and TDI engines in detail:

1.2 TSI with 81 kW / 110 PS

The 81 kW / 110 PS entry-level engine for the new Touran develops 5 PS more power than the equivalent version in the previous model. The Touran 1.2 TSI BlueMotion Technology comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. With its 110-PS 1.2 TSI engine, the new Touran attains a fuel consumption value of 5.4 l/100 km (equivalent to 124 g/km CO2). The engine’s maximum power is available over the engine speed range of 4,600 to 5,600 rpm. The TSI produces its maximum torque of 175 Nm over a broad range, between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm. The Touran 1.2 TDI BlueMotion Technology has a top speed of 189 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.3 seconds.

1.4 TSI with 110 kW / 150 PS

In the next power level up, Volkswagen gives the new Touran a 1.4-litre TSI, which develops 110 kW / 150 PS between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm – an increase of 10 PS over the previous model. The petrol engine in the Touran 1.4 TSI BlueMotion Technology consumes an average of only 5.6 l/100 km (130 g/km CO2). This engine can also be combined with an optional 7-speed dual clutch gearbox, in which case average fuel consumption is an outstanding 5.4 l/100 km (125 g/km CO2). The four-valve four-cylinder engine, which generates 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm, propels the Touran 1.4 TSI BlueMotion Technology with DSG to 100 km/h in just 8.9 seconds; the model’s top speed is 209 km/h.

1.8 TSI with 132 kW / 180 PS

The most powerful petrol engine in the new Touran is a 1.8 TSI with 132 kW / 180 PS; the unit delivers 10 PS more than the equivalent engine from the previous model. This version is equipped with a 7-speed DSG as standard. Despite its high output of 180 PS, the Touran 1.8 TSI BlueMotion Technology consumes only 5.9 l/100 km (equivalent to 137/km CO2)

1.6 TDI with 81 kW / 110 PS

As with the petrol engines, the entry-level diesel also delivers 81 kW / 110 PS. As an option, the Touran 1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology, which has 5 PS higher output than its predecessor, can also be combined with the 7-speed DSG. The engine produces its maximum power between 3,200 and 4,000 rpm, and its maximum torque of 250 Nm is available between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. With this TDI engine and a manual transmission, the Touran accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 187 km/h. As one might expect, the average fuel consumption of the 1.6 TDI is very low: with the manual gearbox, average fuel consumption is 4.4 l/100 km (equivalent to 115 g/km CO2). In combination with the extremely efficient 7-speed DSG, the average consumption figure decreases to 4.2 l/100 km (equivalent to 109 g/km CO2).

2.0 TDI with 110 kW / 150 PS

The 110 kW / 150 PS 2-litre TDI in the Touran 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology has two balance shafts, which allows it to run particularly smoothly. The new model boasts an increase in power output of 10 PS. Its combined fuel consumption of just 4.4 l/100 km (115 g/km CO2) is an excellent value for a 150-PS engine in an MPV of this size. The TDI develops its maximum power between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm and produces its maximum torque of 340 Nm at a low 1,750 rpm (up to 3,000 rpm). The Touran 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology, which is equipped with a manual gearbox, has a top speed of 208 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds. This Touran can be ordered with a 6-speed DSG as an option, in which case fuel consumption amounts to 4.8 l/100 km (equivalent to 124 g/km CO2).

2.0 TDI with 140 kW / 190 PS

The most powerful Touran engine, which also has two balance shafts, can be found in a similar version in the sporty Golf GTD, among other models. In the MPV, it develops 140 kW / 190 PS and is combined with a 6-speed DSG as standard. The powerful and agile Touran 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology also makes a convincing impression with its trailblazing low fuel consumption of 4.6 l/100 km (equivalent to 121 g/km CO2).

You can find more visual details of the 2016 Volkswagen Touran gallery by scrolling up.

Dual-clutch gearboxes (DSG)

6- and 7-speed DSG. With the exception of the base engine (1.2 TSI), all engines for the new Touran can be paired with either a 6-speed or 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Besides the number of forward gears, other technical aspects differentiating the DSG versions include the clutch type. While two dry clutches are used in the 7-speed DSG, the 6-speed DSG has a dual clutch that runs in an oil bath.

Front and rear suspension

The new Touran is equipped with an improved McPherson strut type suspension on the front axle. Here, coil springs and telescoping dampers are integrated as a unit into the spring struts. The wheels are suspended by spring struts and lower wishbones with a track-stabilising scrub radius. The four-link suspension with independent wheel suspension in the rear offers a high level of comfort combined with agile and safe handling and is equipped with oil pressure shock absorbers that use separate springs. Anti-roll bars are utilised at the front and rear. The Touran can also be optionally equipped with the Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) system that includes Driver Profile Selection, as well as with a rough road suspension system (15 mm higher ground clearance) or a sport suspension (body 15 mm lower). The new Touran comes with a very durable braking system as standard equipment. This system includes ABS, Brake Assist, ESC and an electronic parking brake. The front brake discs are internally ventilated.

The new Touran is extremely safe

The assistance systems available for the first time in the Touran include the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Driver Alert System, Park Assist, Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert and, for the first time in any MPV, the Trailer Assist trailer manoeuvring system. 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 Automatic Post-Collision Braking 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 comes as standard equipment. If the system detects a potential accident situation – for example, through the initiation of hard braking via an activated brake assistant – 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 ESC 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.

Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert

Side Assist can help prevent serious accidents, particularly in the following two situations: the first is when the vehicle is driving on a motorway. Here, the system detects both fast overtaking vehicles and slower ones in the blind spot, and warns the driver via an LED display in the exterior mirror housing to make overtaking safer. If the camera-based Lane Assist is installed in addition to Side Assist, the system responds to a steering movement towards the hazardous side with a warning (even if the turn indicator is not set), and the vehicle then actively countersteers when a lane change is initiated. The second situation relates to reversing out of a parking space: Rear Traffic Alert is a practical aid that revolutionises reversing out of parking spaces that are perpendicular to the carriageway. Its radar-based sensor detects vehicles that are approaching from the side. If a collision is imminent, Rear Traffic Alert first outputs a visual warning, then an acoustic one. If the driver ignores the hazard, and there is an immediate risk of a collision, Rear Traffic Alert automatically initiates a braking intervention.

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. The City Emergency Braking function is part of the Front Assist system.

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 MPV.

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Trailer Assist

Volkswagen is launching the new Touran with an assistance system that makes manoeuvring with a trailer easier than ever before: Trailer Assist. In order to manoeuvre a car-trailer into an entry-way in reverse, the driver stops at a suitable spot, engages reverse gear and presses a button to activate the system. The current driving angle and possible driving angles are then displayed in the instrument cluster. This is achieved with image-processing algorithms that use data from the rear-view camera, which monitors and analyses the angle between the car and the trailer. With the help of the mirror adjustment switch, which serves as a sort of joystick, the driver can freely adjust the desired driving direction of the car-trailer combination. The MPV executes the steering commands entered by the driver, who only needs to operate the accelerator pedal and the brake. The Touran is turned by automatic control of the electro-mechanical power steering system.

ACC Adaptive Cruise Control

Like Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, this system makes use of a radar sensor integrated into the front end of the car. The driver can specify a target speed within a range of 30 to 160 km/h. ACC works with either a manual gearbox or with DSG (dual-clutch gearbox). In all Touran cars with DSG, the ACC system comfortably brakes the Touran to a full stop when the vehicle ahead comes to a stop. When combined with DSG, ACC also enables the MPV to automatically drive off again. ACC maintains the pre-set vehicle speed together with a preselected distance to the vehicle ahead, braking or accelerating automatically in moving traffic. The system dynamics can be individually varied by selecting a driving programme or via the optional Driver Profile Selection feature.

Easy Open

If the Touran is equipped with Keyless Entry (automatic locking and starting system) and an electric tailgate, a targeted movement of the foot at the back of the vehicle is all that is needed to open the tailgate, thanks to Easy Open. The human-machine interface here is a proximity sensor near the bumper, which detects the kick movement.

Driver Profile Selection

A total of four driving profile programmes, or five when DCC is ordered, are available in the new Touran. They are: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual, and, in combination with DCC, the additional Comfort mode. 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. In vehicles fitted with DSG, a 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, damping is increased (which reduces body movements), while 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 systems enable maximum connectivity

The new Touran is being launched with the most modern infotainment systems offered by the Volkswagen Group. The self-explanatory features are part of the second generation of the Modular Infotainment System (MIB II). They are operated via a touchscreen; the systems in the top models are also equipped with proximity sensors. Extremely fast processors ensure rapid operation of all features. The DAB+ digital radio receiver and state-of-the-art online services are available as optional expanded features. With the inclusion of the new App Connect and Media Control interfaces, as well as the Volkswagen Guide & Inform online service, MIB II also offers the highest degree of connectivity ever achieved by the Volkswagen Group. The Touran is also one of the most sophisticated MPVs on the market, thanks to features such as the new Car-Net Cam Connect system, which offers a view into the back of the vehicle via GoPro® and is being used for the first time in a Volkswagen model, as well as an electronic voice amplification system (communication with rear passengers via the hands-free telephone unit and the vehicle’s speakers).

Five infotainment systems

The Touran Trendline and Comfortline models are equipped with the Composition Touch radio system (5.0-inch monochrome touchscreen) as standard. The Touran Highline models come with the next-level MIB II – the Composition Colour radio system (5.0-inch colour touchscreen plus a CD drive and other features). The Composition Media radio system (6.5-inch colour touchscreen plus, among other things, a Bluetooth interface and proximity sensors) is also available. At the next level, Volkswagen offers the Touran with the Discover Media system, which takes Composition Media a step further through the inclusion of a navigation module. The expanded features of the Discover Pro radio-navigation system include a DVD drive, a 64-GB SSD and an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen.

Cam Connect

With Cam Connect, a GoPro® camera, which must be purchased separately but which many people already have, eliminates the need for parents to constantly turn around to keep an eye on the kids in back. Instead, an image of the rear seating area and the passengers is displayed on the infotainment system monitor. Naturally, the driver and front passenger can also use the system to keep an eye on pets or fragile cargo in the rear. A continual video stream can also be transmitted to the monitor whenever the Touran is driven at a walking pace or comes to a standstill. Due to reasons of safety, the system will feed a still image into the touchscreen at higher speeds and this image can then be viewed with the push of a button at any time. Because it can be positioned in different places – e.g. under the rear-view mirror or on the centre seat in the second seat row with GoPro® accessories – Car-Net Cam Connect is the perfect on-board mirror.

Electronic voice amplification More relaxed communication between seating rows than ever before is ensured by a new electronic voice amplification system that allows the driver and front passenger to talk to passengers in the second and third rows via the microphone of the hands-free telephone unit – and be clearly heard via the speakers connected to the infotainment system in the Touran. The electronic voice amplification system can be obtained as a component of the optional “Family” package in combination with the Composition Media radio system or the Discover Media radio-navigation system.

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Maximum connectivity

As mentioned, the systems in MIB II also now make it possible to connect nearly any smartphone to the Touran via Volkswagen’s App Connect system. That’s because along with MirrorLink™, App Connect can now also integrate CarPlay™ (Apple) and Android Auto™ (Google) into vehicle infotainment systems for the first time. With Media Control – another new app – Volkswagen is also now one of the first automakers to offer an infotainment interface for tablets as well. In addition, Volkswagen’s Guide & Inform online service provides up-to-the-minute information on traffic jams, available parking spaces in nearby parking garages (number of spaces and garage addresses) and prices at, and the addresses of, nearby petrol stations.


MirrorLink™ makes it possible to display smartphone content and operate smartphone functions via the infotainment system touchscreen. To avoid distracting the driver, specially designed apps can be used while the vehicle is on the move. This is done intuitively by simply connecting a smartphone to the Touran and using the app via the infotainment system screen. MirrorLink™ makes use of an industry standard set by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) to “mirror” smartphone apps onto the car’s touchscreen and link their operation to the infotainment system. Because smartphone apps are always kept up-to-date, MirrorLink™ never becomes obsolete. The Volkswagen apps currently available under MirrorLink™ are as follows: My Guide, Think Blue.Trainer, Shared Audio and Sound Journey.

Apple CarPlay™

Thanks to Apple CarPlay™, anyone who owns an iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus can use a large number of their phone’s apps via the new Touran’s infotainment system. This system also “mirrors” the smartphone apps. CarPlay™ feeds the iPhone’s Phone, News, Maps and Music apps into the infotainment system via a USB connection. The apps in the Touran are controlled either via the infotainment system touchscreen or by voice control via Siri (Apple).

Phone: Everything operates just like an iPhone here. Users can perform the following operations via the touchscreen: answer call, end call, switch phone to mute, display the keypad, retrieve the phone book and retrieve voice mails. As an alternative, all of this can be done via Siri (by a long press of the voice control button on the multifunction steering wheel).

News: Text messages are read by Siri, which is both practical and safe when on the move. Siri can also be used to generate the user’s own text messages during the drive.

Maps: CarPlay™ makes all features of the Maps app available via the infotainment system. This includes detailed route descriptions (“turn by turn”), traffic information and estimated trip times.

Music: Access to the media library is available via touchscreen and/or Siri. CarPlay™ also recognises other installed audio apps for playing music, the radio and podcasts on the iPhone – for instance, Podcasts, Spotify and Sticher Radio.

Android Auto™

Android Auto™ was developed by Google for Android smartphones. Here, selected phone apps are displayed on the infotainment system touchscreen in exactly the same way as when MirrorLink™ and CarPlay™ are used. The interface is a USB port. Numerous apps can be incorporated via Android Auto™, including classics such as Google Maps, Google Play Music, WhatsApp and Spotify. Many of these apps can be operated via Google Voice control as well as via the touchscreen (the voice control function is activated via the multifunction steering wheel).

Guide & Inform

Guide & Inform enables the use of many different helpful online services. These include Online Traffic Information (real-time traffic jam warnings), News, Vehicle Status Report and Weather. An Online Destination Import feature makes it possible to send travel destinations (navigation) to the Touran’s infotainment system from one’s office, home or smartphone. Google Street View and Google Earth are also available to provide drivers with photos and satellite images that present a realistic depiction of their surroundings as they travel to their destination. The integrated My Special Destinations personal point of interest search allows travellers to discover restaurants, museums and cinemas in unfamiliar places. Drivers can also call up information on available parking spaces nearby or search for the least expensive petrol stations in the area. Their selections are immediately entered into the navigation system, which then plans the route.

Media Control

Volkswagen Media Control – a new infotainment extension via app – now lets you conveniently control all main functions via a tablet, even from the rear of the Touran. Volkswagen Media Control will thus become the rear-seat entertainment system of the future. Passengers simply connect their tablet to the Discover Media or Discover Pro infotainment system using the Wi-Fi hotspot. Controllable systems here include the radio, all media sources (e.g. USB, CD, DVD, hard drive, online song search) and navigation. When music is selected, the Media Control menu displays information such as artist and album names, as well as a picture of the cover. When the radio is turned on, users can view and access station icons and lists, operate the station-search function and display RDS information and radio frequencies. Standard features in the navigation menu are supplemented by an address-search function that uses the Internet and which can also be used to enter selected search results as destination inputs. Rear seat passengers can now also send calendar events and address book entries to the infotainment system as destinations for the navigation system. Volume and balance and fader settings can be adjusted with all functions, and the tablet can also be used to make selections from available audio sources, access the media library and control basic operating functions such as start, stop, pause, forward and back.

Proximity sensors and cover flow

As already outlined, Volkswagen has equipped the Touran with three new radio and two new radio-navigation systems, all of which have a standard touchscreen. The devices used in the Touran are available in three different display sizes: 5-inch (Composition Touch radio, Composition Colour radio), 6.5-inch (Composition Media radio, Composition Media radio-navigation) and 8.0-inch (Discover Pro radio-navigation system). Systems with the 6.5 or 8-inch display are equipped with proximity sensors. 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 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. The Discover Pro system’s display also has a so-called cover flow function, in which wiping gestures can be used to scroll through lists or browse through CD covers from the media library.

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Performance and interfaces

The MIB II systems work faster than their predecessors. Consider Discover Media – the radio-navigation system with a 6.5-inch display: compared to the first generation, performance of the CPU (main processor) has more than doubled. Even in Composition Touch (base device), music can be fed in via the AUX-IN socket, by SD card or optionally from a USB stick or Bluetooth device (“Connectivity” package). An iPod/iPhone interface is also available. Starting with Composition Colour, a CD player is also integrated, and all systems from Composition Media up include a Bluetooth interface and USB interface as standard. The Discover Pro navigation system also comes with the Premium mobile phone interface (rSAP profile) as well as a DVD drive; a TV tuner is optional.

Perfect telephony features

Two mobile phones – e.g. a business phone and a private phone – can now be paired in the Composition Media system and superior systems. Speech quality has been perfected here (Wide Band Speech HFP 1.6). Another new feature is SMS messaging: Received SMS messages can be read aloud via a TTS (Text-to-Speech) system, while predefined templates such as “Call back” make answering safer while driving. From the Composition Colour system up, the optional “Comfort” mobile phone preparation offers a compartment for inductive coupling of the smartphone to the outside antenna of the Touran. The Composition Media and Discover Media systems can also be equipped with a voice control feature (standard in Discover Pro).

Optimal solutions for travelling with children

The accessories designed especially for the new Touran are as varied and versatile as the new generation of the popular MPV. Among other things, Volkswagen Accessories has designed intelligent comfort products for the significantly enlarged multi-variable interior of the new Touran. These products make travelling in the back of the MPV even safer and more enjoyable – especially for children.

The safety of the youngest passengers in the Touran is always the top priority. For this reason, Volkswagen Accessories offers child seats that are secured with the ISOFIX system, which is anchored to the vehicle body and is therefore extremely safe. The fact is that if child seats are to offer optimal protection, they need to be aligned as much as possible with the weight and size of the child in question. The genuine Volkswagen G0 Plus ISOFIX, G1 ISOFIX Duo Plus Top Tether and G2-3 ISOFIX child seats meet this requirement.

Volkswagen Accessories also now offers a genuine Volkswagen additional rear-view mirror that allows parents to keep a constant eye on the kids in the back. The mirror can be affixed to the windscreen or the dashboard with an integrated suction cup; a flexible hinge ensures it can be directed toward either the back of the interior, the rear window or the side of the vehicle, which can help with parking, for example. There’s also a digital variant of this solution – the new Car-Net Cam Connect system.

After the little ones are safely secured and the journey begins, the next question arises: how to keep the kids entertained. Volkswagen Accessories has the answer here as well – in the form of a modular travel and comfort system. This practical, convenient and flexible system includes a base frame that can be mounted between the seat headrests. A couple of clicks is then all it takes to insert an iPad holder (iPad 2-4), after which the games or films can begin! Additional system modules include bag hooks, clothes hangers and various tablet holders that are compatible with Apple iPad Air, Apple iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3/4 10.1.

R-Line enables sporty customisation of the Touran

The extremely versatile second-generation Touran sets a new standard of connectivity, safety and comfort in the compact MPV segment. The advances made in these areas are attributable to the model’s innovative overall concept and its new assistance, comfort and infotainments systems, some of which are being utilised for the first time in this segment. The Touran can be further customised through the selection of a wide range of optional features, while Volkswagen R has also put together sporty R-Line packages for the new Touran. The complete R-Line package consists of modified exterior and interior details; the R-Line “Exterior” package focuses on the body features included in the complete package.


The new complete R-Line package includes, among other things, special bumpers for the front and rear. The design of the front bumper stands out through, among other things, two distinctive body-coloured wing-shaped air guide elements which divide the lower air inlet into a large centre section and two outer segments framed by high-gloss black edgings. The air inlets are enhanced even further by chrome-plated cross panels. The lower section ends in a high-gloss black splitter (the kind of front spoilers used in motorsport). The distinctive feature in the upper part of the front end of the customised Touran is the R-Line logo on the radiator grille.

A Touran MPV that’s been enhanced with the R-Line is also an eye-catcher from the side with its high-gloss black side sill extensions, an anodised silver roof rail and the R-Line badge (on both the right and left side of the vehicle near the front side panel / door). The silhouette is made even more distinctive through the addition of 17-inch “Salvador” wheels (Touran Comfortline) or 18-inch “Marseille” wheels (Touran Highline). As was already mentioned, the rear is defined by a distinctive bumper that has been made even more elegant and dynamic through a high-gloss element, decorative chrome trim and a diffuser in high-gloss black. In addition, the complete R-Line package includes chrome tailpipe finishers for all engine versions offered with the Touran.


Volkswagen R has also made the R-Line features for the interior of the Touran even more elegant and dynamic.. The dominant element here is the seat system with top comfort seats in the front. The seats are upholstered with “Race” fabric; Volkswagen R uses the “San Remo” microfibre for the inner side supports. The driver and front passenger seats are also adorned with the R-Line logo. In addition, all seats come with decorative stitching in “Crystal Grey”. The range of appointments in the complete R-Line package also includes a headliner in “Titanium Black”, a leather multifunction sport steering wheel with aluminium trim and the R-Line logo, decorative stitching in “Crystal Grey”, decorative inlays in “Black Lead Grey” for the dashboard and front door trim, carpet floor mats, door sill plates in aluminium in the front with the R-Line logo and stainless steel pedals and foot rest (driver’s side). The infotainment system shows the R-Line logo on its screens when the customised Touran is first started up. Last but not least, the complete R-Line package can also be ordered in combination with “Vienna” leather upholstery.

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The R-Line “Exterior” package

The new R-Line “Exterior” package includes the range of exterior features offered with the complete R-Line package – i.e. the R-Line interior details are not included. In general, the alloy wheels from Volkswagen R are also available as an option for all Tourans without an R-Line package.


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