Volkswagen unveils new Touran MPV

Volkswagen Touran

This is the new Volkswagen Touran MPV, which has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at next week's Geneva motor show.

The new compact people carrier will offer a more commodious alternative to the Golf SV, and will sit below the full-size, Sharan MPV in the German brand's family car line-up. It will be offered in both five and seven-seat guises.

The styling is a sharpened up evolution of the previous model, rather than a wholesale redesign. The Touran now wears the three-bar grille and slim-line headlamp units that feature on the new Passat and Golf SV. To liven up the car's boxy shape, VW's designers have added heavy crease lines along its flanks, to break up the visual bulk.

Inside, the cabin benefits from higher quality materials, and there is a motion-sensitive touchscreen carried over from the new Passat executive saloon. Buyers will be able to specify a large amount of tech, including a modular media system and the option of Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto sync software.

Three trim levels will be offered: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. All models are fitted as standard with air conditioning, chrome trim detailing and ISOFIX child seat mounts. Mid-range Comfortline cars complement that tally with an upgraded stereo, 16-inch alloy wheels and an autonomous emergency braking system, which can bring the car to a halt automatically at low speeds if it detects an imminent front-end collision. Highlights of range-topping Highline models include three-zone climate control and ambient interior lighting.

New Volkswagen Touran

New Volkswagen Touran

UK buyers will have a choice of five engines. Petrol power is provided courtesy of 108bhp 1.2-litre and 148bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged units, while those who prefer diesel will get the choice of a 108bhp 1.6, or a 2.0-litre in 148bhp and 187bhp states of tune. All but the most powerful diesel get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a twin-clutch DSG transmission offered as an option on all but 1.2-litre petrol models.

Utilising VW's modular 'MQB' platform, which underpins the new Golf hatchback, the new Touran is longer and more spacious inside than its forebear, though it is around 60kg lighter too – aiding fuel economy and handling potential. The boot has grown in size too (now 1,040 litres with the middle seats in place), while the second row of seats can now be folded flat into the boot floor to maximise load space. There are also no less than 47 different storage cubbies dotted around the cabin.

The new Volkswagen Touran goes on sale in Europe in September. Full price and specification details will be announced closer to its on-sale date.