The Touran won't be making it to the U.S., but the underpinnings of this mini minivan will, because this is the first variant of the fifth-generation Golf. The new VW uses electromechanical steering, a four-link rear suspension, and six-speed transmissions. It is notably bigger than before. VW has been lacking a car in this booming segment in Europe, so the Touran can't come soon enough. Like the Renault Megane Scenic and the Opel Zafira, it offers amazing versatility in a small package: The three individual rear seats slide and fold and can be removed, the trunk is enormous, and there is an available third-row seat. The Touran will be offered with three engines at launch: a 113-hp, 1.6-liter gasoline unit and 1.9- and 2.0-liter turbodiesels making 99 and 134 hp. Interior quality, as expected, is stellar.
BOTTOM LINE: Just what the company bottom line needed.
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