2003 Volkswagen Touran 1.6 FSI from France


Would be good if it wasn't a Volkswagen


Lousy plastics -- some ventilation vents broke (replaced under warranty).

The "check engine" light turned on for no apparent reason and had to be service to be turned off (under warranty).

The driver window mechanism broke, leaving the window fall down inside the door, less than 2 weeks after warranty ran out. VW refused to cover it.

Windshield had to be changed (hit by a small piece of rock on the highway).

We had to change the trunk carpet -- entirely our fault for having an badly closed can of paint in the trunk!

Did I mention the crappy plastics? The plastics are crap.

General Comments:

This is a comfortable car for hauling a family with 2 or 3 (small) kids.

Lots of room, enough storage space to accommodate several families of hamsters. The kids loved that car.

I had a love-hate relationship with this car, though.

The quality is both excellent for everything that's not plastic, and absolutely horrible for all plastics. Whatever type of plastic they used is brittle and marks ridiculously easily at the slightest scratch.

The car's 1500kg are a challenge for the 115hp 1.6FSI engine. Thank god for the 6-speed manual. Anything else would be hopeless.

The upside of the small engine is that it burns very little fuel for a car of that size and category. I commonly averaged less than 7.5l/100km on longer trips.

The biggest downside with this car is that it's a Volkswagen, and unfortunately my local VW dealer was a hopeless jerk with attitude.

I reported several times a problem with the driver window, which they refused to do do anything about, until the thing broke for real literally a few days after the warranty ran out -- and of course they refused to cover it under warranty.

If you consider this car, check your local VW dealer: many of them (in France) have way too much attitude.

Also, maintaining and servicing this car is *very* expensive. But it runs around 25K between services.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th July, 2009

2003 Volkswagen Touran Sport 2.0 TDI from UK and Ireland


Generally very good, needs some tweaking. Hopefully the newer models are better


White smoke billowing from under bonnet after a a short drive on cold mornings.

Boot catch broke would not shut at all; previously has to really slam it to shut, and the dash light nearly always stayed on.

General Comments:

Great car. Would advise getting the 2.0L TDi (red I) which is really nippy.

Great for kids, but if you have three, which all need car seats, it's a bit of a squeeze doing up all the seat belts.

Like most 7 seaters with the seats in the boot, they are a bit pointless, as when you use them, you have no boot space; can't even get the smallest buggy in!

Don't get the ones with cream interior, even if you are very fussy; it gets marked very easily.

The trim around the glove box is poor and doesn't line up at all well - maybe better on the newer models though.

Why do they put that rubberised paint on the steering wheel and around window switches, which very quickly scrapes off and looks very tatty. We have a Passat too which has done the same.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2008

2003 Volkswagen Touran 16 Fsi from Sweden




At 50000 km - Color on main headlights switch has came of.

After 2 years the heated seat on driver side burned a hole in the seat - have to replace it myself.

At 70000 km color on one of the stereo buttons has started to "degenerate"

Both power windows has it own mind - service says that there is nothing they can do about it.

General Comments:

Nice to drive even if the engine is a bit weak.

In contrast to Chrysler the comfort is dreamlike - firm and precise steering and handling.

The extra seat in the back is for kids up to about 12-13 years and wry nice.

Big car for moving stuff - I have moved 500 KG stone and my family 200KM without problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2007