In the segment of traditional compact minivans, things are changing slowly. Therefore, it’s no wonder that VW’s small MPV hasn’t changed much since its initial launch, which happened back in 2015. According to the latest reports, it will remain in production for some more time, which is the reason why the 2023 VW Touran is coming with a familiar design and features. It may bring a few more things in terms of standard and available equipment but the overall layout will remain the same.
All this means that we know what to expect from the 2023 VW Touran. It will continue to deliver composed handling, along with good build quality – both on the inside and outside. Among things we like, we should also mention the powertrain lineup, which includes some pretty capable units, including an efficient diesel engine. This also means that you may count on the same downsides, such as things like a firm ride, small cargo area and uninspiring aesthetics.
2023 VW Touran Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 VW Touran is expected to come without more important changes. We are about to see a typical carryover model, which hasn’t changed much since 2015. This compact minivan is based on VW’s well-known MQB platform and most parts are shared with the previous-generation Golf hatchback. Many mechanical parts are shared, including suspension, so it’s no wonder that the ride quality is similar as well. The handling feels composed but for the same reason, you will probably find the ride pretty firm, especially when compared to French competition, models like Renault Scenic.
We can argue about the styling preferences but it’s a fact that the current Touran hasn’t changed much for a long time clearly indicating that this isn’t the most attractive model in the class. Moreover, we find the styling quite uninspiring, as many styling components are borrowed from the Golf Mk7. Unfortunately, the 2023 VW Touran will continue in the same way, though we could see minor updates, such as new color options.
The same thing is with interior design. We will see a familiar layout, which offers a conservative design approach that may seem dull to most buyers but which offers a high level of functionality and practicality. While we can argue about aesthetics, the cabin quality is great without any doubt. The materials are nice, and everything seems assembled very well.
The cabin feels rock solid and offers two spacious rows of seats. The front seats are decently shaped and offer a decent level of comfort. The second row is also spacious but that’s not the case with the optional third row. That area is too tight, even by the standards of this segment. Furthermore, there isn’t much cargo space behind it, so if you are looking for a three-row minivan, we suggest you go with French rivals, maybe a bigger but also older VW Sharan.
As we’ve just mentioned, we could see a couple of novelties in this aspect but most things will remain the same. Therefore, already mid-range versions will come with a digital instrument cluster, as well as a dual panoramic sunroof. The infotainment system isn’t the newest in VW’s range but it works pretty well. You can upgrade it and get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, while Bluetooth is standard in all models.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with things like adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue alert system, autonomous emergency braking front and rear parking sensors, lane change assist etc. Also, you can get upgrades like keyless entry, park assist and a rearview camera.
2023 VW Touran Engines
The 2023 VW Touran will continue with familiar powertrain options, which include both petrol and diesel variants. When it comes to a petrol powertrain, you may count on a familiar 1.5-liter turbo-four with 150 horsepower, which offers pretty decent performance. Still, we would rather go for the well-known 2.0-liter diesel, which offers the same power but significantly better fuel economy. According to the manufacturer, this minivan is good for about 5L/100km in a combined ride. Fuel economy is even better with the base diesel version, which features a max output of 115 horsepower and 320Nm of torque.
Both engines are available with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
2023 VW Touran Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2023 VW Touran on sale by the end of this year, with a starting price of around £30.000 in the UK and €28.000 in Europe. Some of the key competitors are models like Citroen Grand C4 Spracetourer, Renault Scenic and BMW Series 2 Gran Tourer.