Hmmm, the so-called ideal family car. Frankly, any car can be a family car as long as the family can fit inside the cabin. Of course, whether the family can do so comfortably depends on the size of the family unit and, also, the sizes of the individual family members. Tall people need more headroom than vertically challenged people, for instance.
Assuming we have a family of four, all of average height and build, the ideal car for them would be a multi-purpose vehicle, or MPV.
As its designation implies, an MPV serves multiple purposes, seven days a week, and moves multiple people from point to point, day in, day out.
A modern MPV is very functional, like a household appliance, but it’s usually not very fun, like a household appliance again. There are exceptions, though.
One of which is the Volkswagen Touran, a peppy MPV with seven seats and 47 storage points on board. You can count them all, and count on them to be useful.
The VW is also refined on the go, relaxing while cruising on the expressway and well-equipped for domestic duties, which include school runs, commutes, family outings and countless “minibus” tasks in between.
And with a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine producing a healthy 150bhp and 250Nm, put through a sweet 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Touran has the power to transport up to seven folks at a decent pace and allow daddy at the wheel to relive a little of his younger, zestier days when he’s driving alone.