Super family car for those who might need to take a pram and baggage at the same time
Rear right passenger door somewhat hard to lock.
Original fan replaced under warranty; almost all 2003 Tourans should have had this engineering error fixed under warranty.
Front over-head storage compartment: Minor plastic error. Resulted in one compartment hard to open. Replaced under warranty.
I drive this car daily in Norway (that is, a lot of hills/mountains and cold climate wintertime).
This car has a very low fuel consumption on long drives, flat land, but if you live in a similar geography, go for one of the diesels instead of the 1.6 FSI; it does the job, but running costs would be lower with the diesels.
We load the car quite 'heavily': 2-3 kids daily, and very much baggage when traveling. Despite this, the finish is fine.
One of our kids decided to decorate the car using a stone: He managed to scratch of the paint, but not the rust protection layer. He has tried the same on our Skoda Felica (2000), and there he got off all paint. Indicates good rust protection work.
Over the years, we can in certain lights see a slight color difference in body paint depending if it is paint on metal, or, paint on plastics. Not an issue in practice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th May, 2005