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Another car thread for Puss! Anyone have a VW touran?

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PussinJimmyChoos Wed 17-Sep-08 19:13:42

Come and talk to me about it!

<offers choc and the seat next to her>

PussinJimmyChoos Wed 17-Sep-08 19:30:35

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joynovemberjoy Wed 17-Sep-08 21:33:06

I do and love it - what do you want to know?

PussinJimmyChoos Thu 18-Sep-08 13:40:05

Oooh!

Space - buggy storage etc

For parking - am totally pants and like the idea of a higher up vehicle but apparently the Which car report says that is not so good for reverse parking

General driving - reliability etc, ease of controls...

ooh - thanks very much smile

joynovemberjoy Thu 18-Sep-08 21:47:51

LONG POST WARNING

Space - The boot isn't as wide as you might imagine but we've never had a problem and I'm a buggyaholic so have tried a few! eg can fit a Zapp and a Buzz complete with carrycot and a load of shopping. You can fit a P&T with doubles, cocoon, picnic, change bags etc AND still have a teenager in one of the boot seats (may whinge though!). Can also fit a Mac Quest and a Zapp on top of each other behind the 2 boot seats in the tiny bit of boot that is left (beware - it is tiny). Best example though is that we have just been away and fitted in 3 adults, 1 baby and 1 toddler plus a week's clobber. We did put a medium roofbox on top but even so it was a massive load of stuff.

Parking - I am not one to ask as I don't generally attempt reverse parking (totally pants at parking full stop). I do find it hard to judge the back and front (which is very short) and there is a known blind spot on the front pillar things. Having said that I haven't pranged it in 3 years. The driving position is fab - it feels really safe but isn't too high like a people carrier.

General Driving - Love it. Very reliable, feels really sturdy. Had 2 scenics before this and it is much better IMO. We have the basic S TDI 105 model and I usually manage to beat neighbouring cars at traffic lights (must stop doing that). Lots of lovely practical pockets inside the car. Saddo me loves the fact that each door can hold a 1 litre bottle. I like the fact that the lights are on a dashboard dial rather than on a stick because it is idiotproof. Lots of performance info available (for men) at the annoying click of a button. Am reliably informed that it gives great mileage.

Still awake? zzzzzz. Hope that helps but happy to waffle on even more if you need to know anything else.

joynovemberjoy Thu 18-Sep-08 21:47:53

LONG POST WARNING

Space - The boot isn't as wide as you might imagine but we've never had a problem and I'm a buggyaholic so have tried a few! eg can fit a Zapp and a Buzz complete with carrycot and a load of shopping. You can fit a P&T with doubles, cocoon, picnic, change bags etc AND still have a teenager in one of the boot seats (may whinge though!). Can also fit a Mac Quest and a Zapp on top of each other behind the 2 boot seats in the tiny bit of boot that is left (beware - it is tiny). Best example though is that we have just been away and fitted in 3 adults, 1 baby and 1 toddler plus a week's clobber. We did put a medium roofbox on top but even so it was a massive load of stuff.

Parking - I am not one to ask as I don't generally attempt reverse parking (totally pants at parking full stop). I do find it hard to judge the back and front (which is very short) and there is a known blind spot on the front pillar things. Having said that I haven't pranged it in 3 years. The driving position is fab - it feels really safe but isn't too high like a people carrier.

General Driving - Love it. Very reliable, feels really sturdy. Had 2 scenics before this and it is much better IMO. We have the basic S TDI 105 model and I usually manage to beat neighbouring cars at traffic lights (must stop doing that). Lots of lovely practical pockets inside the car. Saddo me loves the fact that each door can hold a 1 litre bottle. I like the fact that the lights are on a dashboard dial rather than on a stick because it is idiotproof. Lots of performance info available (for men) at the annoying click of a button. Am reliably informed that it gives great mileage.

Still awake? zzzzzz. Hope that helps but happy to waffle on even more if you need to know anything else.

joynovemberjoy Thu 18-Sep-08 21:47:58

LONG POST WARNING

Space - The boot isn't as wide as you might imagine but we've never had a problem and I'm a buggyaholic so have tried a few! eg can fit a Zapp and a Buzz complete with carrycot and a load of shopping. You can fit a P&T with doubles, cocoon, picnic, change bags etc AND still have a teenager in one of the boot seats (may whinge though!). Can also fit a Mac Quest and a Zapp on top of each other behind the 2 boot seats in the tiny bit of boot that is left (beware - it is tiny). Best example though is that we have just been away and fitted in 3 adults, 1 baby and 1 toddler plus a week's clobber. We did put a medium roofbox on top but even so it was a massive load of stuff.

Parking - I am not one to ask as I don't generally attempt reverse parking (totally pants at parking full stop). I do find it hard to judge the back and front (which is very short) and there is a known blind spot on the front pillar things. Having said that I haven't pranged it in 3 years. The driving position is fab - it feels really safe but isn't too high like a people carrier.

General Driving - Love it. Very reliable, feels really sturdy. Had 2 scenics before this and it is much better IMO. We have the basic S TDI 105 model and I usually manage to beat neighbouring cars at traffic lights (must stop doing that). Lots of lovely practical pockets inside the car. Saddo me loves the fact that each door can hold a 1 litre bottle. I like the fact that the lights are on a dashboard dial rather than on a stick because it is idiotproof. Lots of performance info available (for men) at the annoying click of a button. Am reliably informed that it gives great mileage.

Still awake? zzzzzz. Hope that helps but happy to waffle on even more if you need to know anything else.

Spockster Thu 18-Sep-08 22:00:41

Get beepy thing if you are not good at parking; ours has front and rear park assist which is idiot proof. It can also parallel park the car for you, but I haven't had the need/nerve to try that yet. All in all, bags of room for 2+2 and our 2.0 tdi automatic drives as well as my nippy Gold did but with a better driving postion. Get all the bells and whistles you can afford!

iheartdusty Thu 18-Sep-08 22:08:08

we have one and love it.

we ordered a rear beepy thing - never got around to having it fitted - so 18 months later got the money back! just didn't need it. It is much more compact externally than it seems inside. The rear boot seats are a dream to put up and down.

we had one problem with it, clutch fluid leaked into the gearbox, but this is apparently almost unheard of, or so the specialist VW garage said. Fortunately still under warranty.

PussinJimmyChoos Thu 18-Sep-08 22:19:45

Oooh...its sounding very good then....am a bit mmm about the known blind spot issues though - is that just for reverse parking? We have just done our drive way to avoid any parking issues but I still managed to bump the car the other day <sigh> not so sure the beepy parking assist would be good for me (profoundly deaf)..depends how loud it is...

Thanks loads to all who posted! Keep 'em coming!

joynovemberjoy Thu 18-Sep-08 22:24:17

apologies for posting 3 times. Think I hit the post rather than preview. Blind spot really isn't a problem if you are aware that it could be a problem.

annh Thu 18-Sep-08 23:12:25

Have one and love it! Don't know about a blind spot and although I am not the world's greatest parker (understatement of the year!) I find it easy to park. Kids also very happy with space in the back, long past the buggy stage so can't advise on that. We would all use it in preference to our other car which is an A4 convertible and therefore, you would think, more desirable. We have a diesel which is economical. Thought about upgrading to a VW Tiguan (think that's the spelling) in the summer and then realised we were prefectly happy with the Touran. Would get another one in future!

PussinJimmyChoos Fri 19-Sep-08 15:10:59

Ooh - sounds promising! We have a Ford Mondeo atm and at 5ft 2", I'm struggling and practically sat on the steering wheel in order to be high up/close to the pedals etc...

What I like the look of with the Toran is that the back window IS the back, and not miles of sticking out boot like in the Mondeo - recipe for prangs imo!

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