2008 Volkswagen Touran Overview

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2008 Volkswagen Touran Overview

The 2008 Volkswagen Touran went through an overhaul of its exterior design and engine choices last year and carries over to 2008 with few changes. The compact MPV remains one of the most popular minivans in Europe, and plans to introduce a new hybrid version in China, coinciding with the 2008 Olympics. The hybrid will feature a 20 kW electric motor paired with a 148-hp engine.

The 2008 Touran seats five in two rows, with an optional third row expanding passenger capacity to seven. The third row folds into the floor, while the second can fold, be removed, and slide both fore and aft and sideways. The center seat in the second row also folds down into a table. Built for family practicality, the Touran features 39 storage spaces, including a variety in the cargo area, which also comes with a cargo cover, net, and hooks. Offered in S, SE, and Sport, all trims feature six airbags, ABS brakes, and stability control. A new option added last year is Parking Assist, which uses sensors to maneuver the MPV into a parallel parking spot once you slip it into reverse.

There are no less than six engine choices for the 2008 Touran. A naturally aspirated 1.4-liter engine delivers 140-hp, and a turbo version ups that to 170-hp. Both are paired with a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). Four diesels (two 1.9 and two 2.0-liter) deliver anywhere from 90-170-hp. Transmissions range from a 5 and 6-speed manual to a Tiptronic. Other versions of the 2008 Touran include the CrossTouran, a sort of crossover vehicle with larger 17-inch alloy wheels and a higher suspension. The ABT group has developed a tuner version that features a front chin spoiler, dual exhaust, rear wing, larger wheels, aluminum accents, and upgrades the diesel engine horsepower ratings.

The 2008 Touran maintains a popular position in Europe, thanks to its wide range of engine choices and interior space and versatility.

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