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Volkswagen Touran mini MPV (2010-2015) - Interior & comfort

The Volkswagen Touran has a quality cabin and comfortable seats but the 1.6-litre diesel is a little noisy

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Sitting behind the steering wheel, the quality of the Volkswagen Touran's interior is clear. It might not be quite up to the mark of the latest Volkswagen Golf, but it gets very close and feels better built then the Citroen C3 Picasso.

The interior lacks design flair, but the dashboard is logically laid out and easy to use. Even in the basic S model the driving position is good thanks to a full range of adjustment for the driver’s seat and steering wheel.

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Once underway, the Volkswagen’s suspension feels firm for a car like this and it can’t match the subtleness of the Citroen Picasso, but it’s not so firm that its uncomfortable.

Choosing the economical 1.6-litre diesel does mean you’ll have to put up with some engine noise under acceleration, but the 2.0-litre diesel is more refined.

Volkswagen Touran dashboard

With a no-nonsense layout, big buttons and large, clear dials, the Touran’s dash is very easy to get on with. The design is a little flat and dated, but you get top-notch materials and tactile switches.

Volkswagen Touran equipment

The cheapest Volkswagen Touran S has black plastic door trims and handles, but even this model gets alloy wheels. Inside, it boasts air conditioning, chrome trim inlays, cloth seats, a DAB digital radio and cruise control.

Step up to SE and you get larger alloy wheels, chrome roof rails and insulating tinted rear windows. The interior is more upmarket with a leather multi-function wheel, Bluetooth, automatic wipers and all-round parking sensors.

The most expensive Sport model comes with the sort of equipment you’d expect at this price, including sports seats, two-zone climate control, a touch screen radio and chrome exterior trim.

Volkswagen Touran options

There’s lots of scope to add practical, luxury and dynamic options to the Touran. Volkswagen’s Dynamic Chassis Control variable suspension system gives the Touran a more comfortable ride. You can add extra bright Xenon lights and, for around £2,000, full leather upholstery.

There are also two touch-screen navigation systems to choose from – one with a 5.0-inch screen and the other with a bigger 6.5-inch screen. And if you want a really airy interior, for just under £1,000, you can add an excellent panoramic glass-sliding sunroof.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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