2016 Volkswagen Touran R-Line: No other MPV could get sportier than this

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 19, 2016

Volkswagen’s award-winning seven-seater MPV gets a sporty upgrade with the introduction of the new Touran R-Line. It was only very recently that Touran was awarded by WhatCar? magazine as the ‘Best MPV’ and with the addition of this new stylish R-line, the model’s appeal to its customers is bound to increase.

The new R-line will get major exterior and interior design enhancements as well as equipment upgrades since the R-Line trim is considered to be Volkswagen’s most overtly sporty trim. The new style enhancements are set to boost the MPV’s cabin style, road presence as well as kerb aesthetics.

On the performance side, the new Touran R-line will be powered by a choice of petrol or diesel engines that are both powerful yet highly fuel efficient. Available in 1.4 litre TSI to 2.0 litre TDI, these economical engines will provide outputs between 150 PS to 190 PS depending on the engine size.

Options of either a six-speed manual or a six or seven-speed DSG transmissions are available and are dependent on the choice of engine. Convenience on the road is not left out in this new model either.

Touran R-Line models feature Volkswagen’s BlueMotion technologies such as Start/Stop technology, brake energy recuperation and low rolling resistance tires that maximize fuel efficiency. The vehicle boasts a high fuel economy rating of 49.6 mpg for the 1.4 litre TSI 150 PS six-speed manual and 62.8 mpg for the 2.0 litre TDI 150 PS six-speed manual.

The new Touran R-line comes with numerous exterior design improvements such as the unique front and rear bumpers, side skirts and rear bumpers. Making the MPV stand out even more are the 18-inch ‘Marseille’ alloy wheels, chrome mouldings for the rear bumper, and the distinct R-Line badging.

Explaining its recent award to the Touran, the WhatCar? article points out that the new Volkswagen MPV offers a classy interior and fun driving. It also has better safety credentials compared to others.

The judges added that the seven-seater Touran is more practical when compared to its rivals in the same price category. Other MPVs might be bigger or even cheaper but the Touran bests them all by being able to balance the crucial aspects that matters most to bigger families.

The new Touran R-Line is certainly a perfect combination of practicality and aesthetics. Orders are accepted by Volkswagen retailers now for a base price of £27,740 RRP for the 1.4 litre six-speed manual.

Interior Design

The interior ambience is greatly enhanced with new additions as well, most prominent of which are the ‘Black Lead Grey’ decorative inserts in the front doors, centre console and dash which go well with the black roof lining.

A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel is upgraded with grey stitching on its leather trimmings and features aluminum inserts with the R-Line logo, while its stainless steel pedals are upgraded with a new design and R-Line sill protectors.

The already comfortable seating is even made more stylish with the addition of microfiber side bolsters and front seats with a corresponding R-Line logo on the rear backrests.

Press Release

VOLKSWAGEN TOURAN SPORTS EYE-CATCHING NEW R-LINE STYLING

Volkswagen is bringing more than a dash of sports style to the MPV class with the announcement of the new Touran R-Line.

The brand’s latest award-winning seven-seater – most recently named ‘Best MPV’ by respected automotive publishing brand What Car? – is now available to order in stylish R-Line guise for the first time.

The R-Line trim level is Volkswagen’s most overtly sporty mainstream equipment grade and provides a raft of exterior and interior styling enhancements, all carefully calculated to dial up kerb appeal, cabin style and on-road attitude.

The range-topping new Touran R-Line is available with a selection of potent yet frugal turbocharged petrol or diesel engines ranging in capacity from 1.4-litre TSI to 2.0-litre TDI, and with outputs of between 150 PS and 190 PS. These are mated to a similarly broad selection of transmissions which, depending on engine choice, comprise either six-speed manual or six- or seven-speed DSG.

Of course all the new Touran R-Line models also feature a selection of Volkswagen’s BlueMotion technologies such as Start/Stop, brake energy recuperation and low rolling resistance tyres, meaning economy is maximised. Combined fuel consumption* ranges from 49.6 mpg for the 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS six-speed manual, to 62.8 mpg for the 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS six-speed manual.

Outstanding R-Line is styled to stand out

Instantly recognisable outside, the new Touran R-Line benefits from a selection of exterior design enhancements including unique front and rear bumpers, radiator grille, and side skirts; plus chrome mouldings for the rear bumper, and 18-inch ‘Marseille’ alloy wheels. Unique R-Line badging completes the external additions.

Inside, the sporty new Touran adds ‘Black Lead Grey’ decorative inserts in the dash, centre console and front doors; a black roof lining and grey stitching on the leather-trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, which also includes aluminium inserts and R-Line logo.

The seating, meanwhile, includes contrasting microfibre side bolsters and front seats with R-Line logo on the rear backrests. Completing the stylish upgrades are stainless steel pedals, and unique R-Line sill protectors.

Practicality that’s highly-praised

Praising the new Touran in its recent awards issue, What Car? said: “This new Volkswagen is great to drive, classy-feeling inside and has better safety credentials than most of its rivals.”

The judges added: “There are cheaper and bigger MPVs, but none that so brilliantly balances all of the things that matter to big families. Crucially, Volkswagen’s latest seven-seater is more practical than all of its similarly priced rivals.”

Now, with the addition of this stylish new range-topping trim level, the Touran offers this renowned practicality in its most eye-catching form.

The new Touran R-Line is available to order from Volkswagen Retailers now, with prices starting at £27,740 RRP for the Touran R-Line 1.4-litre TSI six-speed manual.

Topics: vw, vw touran, mpv

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