VW Touran 1.2TSi

When I picked up the Touran I was told it is a 1.4. I was a bit disappointed at first, hoping it would be the 2.0TDi. After checking the owner’s manual I realised it was the 1.2! Even worse, I thought… But once on the move I was pleasantly surprised by this little engine power. It is rather nippy for a MPV with so much space, and even on the highway it never let me down while trying to overtake in the fast lane.

From the front the VW bloodline is immediately evident from the Golf-like nose so familiar to most VW vehicles nowadays. From the outside you can already see that visibility will be great for the occupants inside. The interior has the same conservative VW look as the Polo, but has touch screen radio controls which make it difficult to hit the correct station with your eyes on the road. Luckily the multi-function steering wheel has all the audio controls, as well as the cruise control buttons.

The little 1.2 liter turbo-charged engine develops a healthy 77kW at 5 000 r/min with maximum torque of 175Nm available in a wide band of 1 550-4 100 r/min. This goes to show how far technology has advanced in terms of engine design with the CO2 emissions limited to 149 g/km and a claimed fuel consumption of 6.4l/100km. I did not hold back and consequently only averaged 8.5l/100km. With the 60 liter fuel tank and a light foot a range of close to 900km should not be too hard to achieve.

The seating arrangements in the rear and the near 2 000 liters of loading space it what impressed me most. The three individual rear seats can be folded over or removed separately and there are more than enough little storage compartments throughout the cabin i.e. in the rooflining, under the rear floormats or under the rear loadbay.

The Touran has all the modern safety features like ABS, EBD, airbags, ISOFix child seat anchors. The list goes on. It also has ESP (traction control), which is handy since this little MPV’s direct steering and nippy little engine makes you want to drive it like a hot hatch. The optional extras list is endless, with my car fitted with Rear Park Distance Control (which actually work rather well), Bi-Xenon headlights and metallic paint adding another R15 700 to the R260 300 base price. It aso had bend lights, which turns on to the side you are turning to when travelling at less than 35km/h or when you indicate left or right. When you get out little lights under the side-mirrors illuminate the floor next to the car and the headlights turns on when you unlock the car via the remote.

I like cars that are different or is fun to drive, but then I also like cars that is funtional and good value for money. This is where the Touran shines out. A good friend of mine is having a baby soon and he is worried that his life is over as he now has to sell his Mini Cooper and sacrifice driving pleasure for a family-friendly car. I’ve got good news for him, it is not all that bad. A 5 year / 90 000km service plan is included in the price.

VW Touran 1.2TSi

Capacity (cc)

1 197

Power (kW)

77 (5 000 rpm)

Torque (Nm)

175 (1550 – 4 100 rpm)

Fuel consumption (claimed)

6.4 l/100km

Fuel consumption (actual)

8.5 l/100km

Fuel tank capacity (l)


CO2 emissions (g / km)


Boot capacity (l)

695 / 1989


6 speed manual

Service / maintenance plan

 5 yr / 90 000km (s)


3 yr / 120 000km

Service intervals

15 000km


R 260 300


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