Volkswagen Touran mini MPV (2010-2015) - Practicality & boot space

A high roofline means lots of headroom and the Volkswagen Touran has lots of storage and an adaptable seating layout

Carbuyer Rating

3.2 out of 5

Practicality & boot space Rating

3.6 out of 5

The Volkswagen Touran's boxy shape means there’s lots of room inside. The individual middle row seats slide, tilt and tumble – so the layout is really flexible. The third-row chairs fold out of the boot floor with ease, while boot space is decent for a compact MPV. There’s also lots of storage throughout the interior.

Volkswagen Touran interior space and storage

With plenty of steering wheel and seat adjustment, most people should be able to find a comfortable seating position in the Touran. The slightly upright driving position gives a decent view of the road, although thick windscreen pillars cause blind spots.

With 35 separate storage areas around the interior, the Touran is perfect for family motoring. The door pockets are big enough for one-litre water bottles, the glovebox is huge, and there’s a dash top cubby and storage in the roof console. From SE onwards the Touran has folding tables on the back of the front seats and draws under the front seats.

The functional interior allows you to arrange the seats in a variety of different ways depending on how many people and how much luggage you want to carry. The middle row has three full-size individual seats. They slide back and forth independently and the seat backs can be reclined.

If you’re fitting child seats, the fact that you can offset the seats gives you extra flexibility if you’re fitting more than one child seat or booster. You can even convert into two seats with a table in the middle.

Access to the third-row seats is a little tight but the extra pair of seats pullout of the boot floor with ease. Ideal for children the third-row seats have enough space to be tolerable for adults over a short journey.

For just over £200 you can choose to have a five-seat layout with the free space under the boot floor used for a full-size spare wheel instead.

Volkswagen Touran boot space

The downside of choosing a car with seven seats is that with all of them up the Touran can only has a short and tall 121-litre boot. Fold the third row of seats away and that increases to 700 litres.

The middle-row chairs don’t fold flat; instead they tumble forwards against the front seats to give you 1,913 litres of boot space. You can also lift them out altogether, which almost transforms the Touran into a van. But the chairs are heavy to lift out and you’ll need somewhere to store them.

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