An entry-level diesel Touran costs almost £3000 more than the equivalent Picasso and £1500 more than the Scenic and a mere few hundred pounds more than the Grand Scenic.
Although its CO2 emissions aren’t desperately commendable, strong residual values should make for competitive ownership costs – and decent equipment levels sweeten the deal.
Should you want to spend a king’s ransom on your medium-sized MPV, VW gives you plenty of options from which to choose.
Massaging seats are on the list, as is an auxiliary parking heater, heated outer second-row seats, active LED headlights and a trailer assist system capable of perfect automatic perpendicular reverse parking of whatever you happen to have hitched up to your swivelling tow bar.
We would recommend sticking with the 2.0 TDI 150 with a manual gearbox and in SE trim. To complete the package, we would upgrade the alloys and opt for a heated windscreen, Family pack, adaptive cruise control and – if your budget stretches – the Discover Pro sat nav.