Volkswagen Touran 1.2 TSI restyled
The most anticipated remodeling can sometimes be surprisingly positive. This is the case with the Volkswagen Touran restyled, which offers a new version of Access 1.2 TSI 105 PS is very attractive.
The new Touran is not fooling anyone. If Volkswagen struggles to present it as a new model, its resemblance to its predecessor appears obvious. The gossips will quickly point out that the Golf VI is also a current Golf V restyled. The manufacturer of Wolfsburg seems convinced that its cars are less subject to the ravages of time than others.
For an eye particularly exercised, we can still distinguish the new from the old Touran. At the front, we see the pinched look of inherited Golf and Polo. At the rear, the amount of safe, less linear, adopts a design called “tornado line” . A name that reflects very badly excessive subtlety of change. Finally, the latest evolution, the taillights, won by a horizontal like the new Sharan. The aesthetics of the Touran is probably one of the least innovative in its segment and this new model does not alter the case. For Volkswagen, priority and much to reassure the customer, not the fluff of unnecessary frills.
The adjective describes equally subtle changes to the cockpit. The Touran retains the same design of the dashboard a little dated but offers the latest control panels appeared in the Volkswagen range. It recognizes the cooling modules for the Golf VI and in models that are equipped with GPS RNS 315. The foamed plastic covers the top of the dashboard and applications “Titanium” are emerging. The atmosphere on board, very Germanic, do not provoke laughter: Mr. Bean will be less at ease than the inspector Tatort.
The modularity of a more conventional compact MPV left unchanged. Found in the back three individual seats and removable sliding. A solution abandoned by most competitors, Renault Scenic apart. Of course, it is always possible to control the Touran 7-seater version.
In this sea of continuity data sheet contains some refreshing news. The Touran receives all the latest additions to the range starting with the Volkswagen 1.6 TDI common rail, which will be certainly the bulk of sales in France. Once is not custom, we chose to try the new version of Access hosted by the newly supercharged 105 hp 1.2 TSI wore for the first by Polo.
A small engine severely tested with 1,460 kg of MPV. The guy is doing surprisingly well. Never run out of resources, he demonstrated a remarkable flexibility at low revs, a major asset in the city. Relayed by a gearbox well-spaced and easy to manipulate it benefits, moreover, a rather discreet Start Stop. Despite its small displacement, this engine is hoarse, if ever. We even had the opportunity to submit this small block to test for the least incongruous: that of German motorways conducted at full speed. At high speed, between 160 and 170 km / h the 1.2 does not lose its means and do not dampen passengers. Obviously, this table will probably be a little less bright with five people with weapons and luggage.
Chapter consumption, the 1.2 promises to be quite reasonable given the weight of a minivan. On highway legal speed, he claimed just over 7 liters of fuel. Unfortunately we have not been able to further the action for lack of time.
Volkswagen could not afford to pay too dearly for its facelift. Price increases are limited. For the 1.2 TSI, Volkswagen France announces a rate less than 21,000 € or less the same as the current Touran 1.6 102 hp. One way to mark the tenor of the pants market, I appointed the Renault Scenic, € 20,350 in proposed version 1.6 110 hp on ethanol.