[Review] The Volkswagen Touran
During the Mother’s Day weekend, as an ambassador of Rise & Shine, I was invited for a test drive of the Volkswagen (VW) Touran Comfort 1.4 TSI at the MacPherson showroom.
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The event was quite well-organised with many families visiting both the showrooms at Alexandra & MacPherson. Moms, Dads & their children were treated to quick bites of mini burgers, baked potatoes & ice-cream. The children got to enjoy themselves with food art, golf, colouring, etc. while the moms & dads tested out VW’s fleet of cars. You can see more pictures of the event here & here.
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When it comes to the interior of a car, I am not so particular as long as it is comfortable for the family. What I would expect of an MPV such as separate retractable 3rd row seats to accommodate large items at the back, plenty of reasonably-sized storage pockets, sufficient leg room in the 1st & 2nd row seats, etc., the VW Touran has them all.
The 17” Oakland Alloy Wheels, the Slimmer Headlights that give the Touran a more streamlined look, the Grey-tinted Rear & Side Windows, & the Panoramic Sunroof certainly add to enhancing the aesthetics of VW Touran.
However, the safety aspects of the car are what I like most. As a mom, I rank safety of the car above all. While airbags are a must for all cars that I am considering, the VW Touran Comfort 1.4 TSI did impress me with some of its safety features:
(1) ‘Rear Assist’ Reversing Camera which allows me to view the rear space of the car when I do reversing. It is extremely helpful in tight parallel parking situations & when doing reverse parking into your driveway;
(2) Automatic Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror that automatically dims out annoying high beam headlights from behind;
(3) Rain Sensor that detects rain droplets & turns on the wipers automatically
(4) Automatic Headlight Activation so that I do not even need to meddle with the lights when I go into a multi-storey carpark.
Much to my surprise, this beauty comes with only 1400cc engine. Thanks to its TSI EcoFuel engine that allows high performance with low consumption. The car can carry a family of 4 to 5 pretty comfortably, yet it is economical in terms of fuel consumption, road tax & Certification of Entitlement (
The dual clutch gearbox DSG enables changing of gears smoothly without interruption
of power flow. This is what I appreciate most in an automatic gearbox because I would not feel the pull-back when the next
gear is engaged while cruising.
Overall, the VW Touran Comfort 1.4 TSI is quite a darling for a young family. With its price tag of less than $150,000 & the features it offers, I must agree that it is a very attractive compact MPV.
* This is a sponsored review. All opinions & text are my own.