2003 Volkswagen Touran Mid range equip 1.6 FSI

Summary:

Super family car for those who might need to take a pram and baggage at the same time

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

21st Feb 2007, 02:16

I wrote the original review a few years ago, and now (Feb 2007) we still own the same Touran. At about 55000km, there has been no problems at all with the car. Service is a bit more expensive than for the Skoda we own.

Some reviewers had problems with tyres; we have not yet had to shift neither winter, nor summer tyres.

Some more driving experience: The car is great on snow and ice. Kids, now at 5 and 4, still loves the car. My wife wants to replace our second car with another Touran.

If the experienced quality goes on, I believe the second hand value of this car will be very good. But what is the right strategy for selling a used Touran? Any ideas?

19th Jul 2007, 15:36

Why let him scratch both of your cars? Unbelievable.

24th May 2008, 17:09

My daughter did this as at 3; she was learning to write her name and wrote it on the car with a tree stick she picked up whilst I was getting the baby out of the car unaware. I was surprised at how easy it was with a stick! As there is now Amy on the side!