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2016 Volkswagen Touran Gets 1.8 TSI 180 HP and 2.0 TDI 190 HP Engines

We bet somebody at Audi mentioned "rightsizing" to Volkswagen engineers because they keep changing their engines. When the all-new Touran was revealed, the best petrol engine was supposed to be the 180 PS 2.0 TSI found in the Touareg and Audi Q3. But it's not; instead we are getting the 1.8 TSI.
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This is by no means a bad alternative, as the horsepower output stays the same at 180 PS. But the torque is down to just 250 Nm, which isn't that much for a "flagship" gasoline model. The engine has more torque on the Polo GTI, but the 7-speed DSG gearbox can't take any more twisting power.

If you fancy a brand new Vdub minivan with a "gas guzzling" engine, this can be yours for €34,250 with all the benefits of the Highline trim. That makes it €1,275 more expensive than the 150 PS 1.4 TSI with the same automatic, which we think is a great deal.

As you'd expect from a company that invests much of its money into diesel engines (save the Dieselgate jokes), the most powerful engine that's now available on the Touran is the 2.0 TSI 190 PS. Its standard 6-speed DSG unit is much stronger and can handle all of 400 Nm of torque from 1,900 rpm. This bad boy is said to consume 4.6 l/100 km (51.1 mpg US) and is available for the starting price of €37,150 ($42,300) in the same Highline trim.

Just as in the case of the SEAT Leon FR, there's very little separating the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI versions of the Touran. The gasoline model takes 8.3 seconds to reach 100 km/h and tops out at 218 km/h, while the TDI needs 8.2 seconds for the sprint and goes all the way to 220 km/h.

Which one would we buy? Neither, as this is an MPV, not a Golf GTD impersonator. But if you're after speed, the 2.0 TDI saves fuel on long motorway journeys and packs a better gearbox. The Touran now offers almost everything a pensioner could want, except 4Motion (B-Class and 2 Series AT have it).

 
 
 
 
 

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