- Touran, the four-liter car among the seven-seater
- The Sharan is the most family-friendly car
- For the first time with intercom
- Superb Combi stands out from Avant, Touring and T-Model
Touran, the four-liter car among the seven-seater
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It’s very rare in the automotive industry: VW built the Touran for almost twelve years. Now the second generation is finally coming.
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The engineers were also allowed to use the modular transverse matrix.
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The family van has grown 13 centimeters to 4.53 meters in length. At just under 2.80 meters, the wheelbase of the new Touran has recently been the same as that of the new Passat.
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This now makes it possible for the first time to offer the van with three rows of seats on request. All seats with seat belt detection, side airbags, rows two and three equipped with Isofix…t.
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The growth in size is also reflected in the price, albeit only slightly. The starting price is now 23,350 euros.
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For this you get a petrol engine with 110 hp.
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The Passat comes with the optional “Easy Open” system (735 euros): keys in your pocket, mountains of shopping on your arm, foot under the rear bumper – and the trunk opens …himself.
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The cockpit is typically VW, all switches are in the right place and therefore easy to use. Nevertheless, it looks a bit higher quality and friendlier than before.… The integration options for smartphones are also new.
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Even when the five-seater is fully seated, up to 1040 liters of luggage space is available.
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If you need 1980 liters, you no longer have to weigh your purchases over a step after folding down the rear seat. The loading area is level and can fit goods up to 2.70 meters long …in with the front passenger seat folded down – and thanks to the almost vertical rear end, no storage space is lost.
VW is defying the weak sales at Vans by bringing more and more of these large-capacity vehicles onto the market. Among other things, the second generation of the Touran. It’s now even more practical and more expensive.
Ka family van is sold as often in Germany as the Touran. Accordingly, there will be great interest when VW launches the second generation of the bestseller in September. It is true that the car makes a good step forward in terms of space, variability, consumption and equipment. But VW is also paying for this progress and is raising the base price by around 500 to 23,350 euros.
With the new generation, the Touran is also switching to the modular transverse matrix and benefits from this in several ways: The wheelbase increases by eleven and the length by 13 centimeters, so that the now 4.53-meter-long van offers noticeably more space inside.
The new seating system with three or five seats in the rear can not only be varied as usual by sliding and folding, but can now also be laid completely flat without dismantling, thus creating even more space for suitcases and boxes. Even with full seating, the seven-seater still holds 137 liters and the five-seater 743 liters, and with a few simple steps you can expand the storage space to up to 1857 liters.
The Sharan is the most family-friendly car
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From the outside only recognizable by new lights and changed rims, VW is offering the revised Sharan with five engines, all of which have now been trimmed to the Euro 6 standard…low consumption and, for the most part, more power.
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Those who look to the money can look forward to standard values of 5.0 to 5.7 liters with the three 2.0-liter diesels from 115 to 184 hp, and whoever is behind the wheel of a family carriage …want to have a bit of fun, in addition to the 150 PS TSI, it is now getting a new top petrol engine with at least 220 PS and solid 350 Nm.
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The basic price is 32,000 euros, but can easily be adjusted upwards with a number of extras. The two sliding side doors are part of the basic equipment.
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In addition to the drives, the Lower Saxony team has brought the assistance systems up to scratch and thus equipped the van for long journeys.
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In addition to the standard multi-collision brake, there is now finally a cruise control with distance control, an automatic emergency brake and an electronic one for the MPV…ric parking brake.
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And if you found the load too unwieldy when parking, you can now have a parking pilot maneuver you into the gap.
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There is also a new generation of infotainment that is optimized primarily for smartphone integration: whether Android Auto, AppleCarPlay or Mirror-Link – you just have to no…I plug in my cell phone and, seconds later, surf on the large touchscreen using the familiar user interface and navigate with the maps from Google and Apple.
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However, the Sharan is not bought for its infotainment, but rather for its spaciousness and its versatile seating concept.
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It can be ordered as a five-seater (885 liter trunk), a six-seater (two seats in three rows) or a seven-seater. It is even available with two in…integrated child seats.
The list of assistance systems includes innovations such as cruise control with distance control and the emergency brake for city traffic, for convenience there is a heated steering wheel and automatic air conditioning with certified allergy protection, and the Touran also seems to have arrived in the digital world when it comes to connectivity being.
With Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all common smartphones can be integrated. And where other manufacturers rely on a second interior mirror to look at the youngsters, VW can also display the images from a GoPro camera on the large touchscreen if required. Regardless of whether she is now squinting at the child seat, checking that the horse trailer is in order or, for example, making maneuvering a caravan easier.
It is above all little things like these that make the difference for Borghard Schetschorke from the Touran‘s technical project management team. And the engineer can list a number of them. For example the 220-volt socket in the trunk, the cooling compartment under the center armrest or the up to 47 shelves.
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And of course, the Lower Saxony have also sharpened the design: Inside, the Touran with its many decorative consoles, the frameless mirror and the sharper displays looks a bit tidier, clearer and, above all, more valuable, and on the outside it looks as if the sheet metal had been freshly ironed on and the edges strengthened. But even with clearer contours, smoother surfaces and sparkling LED lights, the family van does not turn into an exciting car that you turn around curiously.
VW also reports progress with the propulsion: Because the Touran has shed up to 62 kilos despite the growth and only the new EU6 engines are used, consumption should decrease by up to 19 percent. The most economical model is now on the list with 4.1 liters, which is why Heinz-Jakob Neuber, Head of Development, immediately labeled it the “four-liter car among the seven-seater”.
The Touran is great when it comes to saving, but when it comes to having fun, you have to accept a few restrictions. At least until the large diesel with 190 and the gasoline engine with 180 hp are subsequently submitted in January, two engines with 110 and 150 hp are available from each fraction, which are geared more towards common sense than pleasure.
Superb Combi stands out from Avant, Touring and T-Model
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Just like the sedan, the station wagon that Skoda Combi writes also lives the dream of space.
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The eight centimeters longer wheelbase and the noticeably larger track width not only benefit the backbenchers, who now enjoy almost more knee room than in a Maybach…-Version of the Mercedes S-Class.
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He also picks up the boot again. Anyone who lets the tailgate swing open – if desired, of course, electrically and can also be controlled with the foot – will therefore look into the future… a loading hatch of 660 liters and can use 27 liters more storage space than before.
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If you let the rear seat buzz forward on two snap hooks in the side wall, the luggage compartment grows to an unrivaled 1950 liters and thus reaches an absolute upper-class level…u. Not only the Passat Variant can pack with its 650 to 1780 liters. But also for the cars in the class above, the air is getting very thin. The five touring with its 560 to 1670 liters is just as bad as the Audi A6 Avant with 565 to 1680 liters. And the T-model of the E-Class has to fear at least one equal competitor with 695 to 1950 liters and share its sole claim to leadership with the climber from the east.
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And the Superb wouldn’t be a Skoda if it weren’t for a few smart extras from the “Simply Clever” category. Admittedly: the two umbrellas, the bottle holders with the pa…Payment for coke bottles is already known from the limousine.
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Just like the iPad holder in the huge rear. But a coat shelf under the luggage compartment cover or a trunk light that can also be used as a flashlight and can be labeled with e…A magnet can be attached to the sheet metal – you have to come to that first. And the tip-to-close function, where you only have to nudge the tailgate to close it, is a popular gimmick.
In any case, the largest diesel makes no secret of the fact that it has to work hard when it has to lift the van to 100 km / h with up to 340 Nm in 9.3 seconds and the airflow with a lot of patience a top speed of 208 km / h wrested. But you can shorten the time with a few gimmicks. The strangest one is this: VW is now offering a kind of electronically amplified intercom system for communicating with the backbenchers for the first time in the Touran.
The rather leisurely pace goes well with the comparatively good-natured chassis. And for customers who need space and still want to speed, there are a few alternatives in the VW portfolio. Maybe even more than you actually need: The Golf Variant for the practical, the Sportsvan for the over 50s and now the new Touran – VW has three vans in the Golf family alone. And that doesn’t include the next Tiguan and its long version with seven seats. Not to mention the Sharan and the trio of Caddy, Caddy Maxi and T6 from the commercial vehicle department.
The trip to test the Touran was supported by VW. You can find our standards of transparency and journalistic independence at www.axelspringer.de/unabhaengigkeit
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