The world premiere of the Touran compact van took place on March 14, 2003. A more spacious model based on the fifth generation Golf came to court: in the mid-2000s, the Germans sold 166-191 thousand cars annually, but recently things have been very bad: 47 thousand Turans sold in 2020, 30, 5 thousand – in 2021, about 22 thousand – in 2022.
The second generation on the MQB platform, which debuted in 2015, could not repeat the success of its predecessor, and in eight years VW did not even carry out a restyling: all the reforms affected only the equipment and interior decoration. For example, last fall they changed the steering wheel and the climate control unit (now it is touch-sensitive). Now the scale of innovation is similar.
Active cruise control with traffic sign recognition, automatic braking and additional lane control functions are now standard on all versions, and IQ.Light LED adaptive headlights and Travel Assist adaptive cruise control with lane keeping function are available for a surcharge. The graphics of the 8-inch dashboard display have also changed.
The power units are the same. A choice of a 1.5-liter “turboservice” (150 hp, 250 Nm) in conjunction with a 6-speed “mechanics” or “robot” DSG-7 and a 2.0-liter diesel engine (122 hp) are offered. and 320 Nm with a manual gearbox, 150 hp and 360 Nm with a robotic transmission). Versions with all-wheel drive from “Turan” was never.
Sales are hampered not only by the outdated appearance, but also by the high price. The simplest configuration of a compact van with a gasoline engine and three pedals costs 37,845 euros, which is almost 5,000 more than they ask for the base Tiguan. Apparently, in 1-2 years Touran will have the same fate as the larger Sharan.
The most commercially successful version is in the center