The Volkswagen Cross Touran, the 7-seater versatile performer for the unconventional driver from Volkswagen, was chosen as the “Best Value for Money MPV” at the Allianz Asian Auto Auto Industry Awards ceremony last night. The Cross Touran that has the personality of an SUV and the character of an MPV beat 4 other multipurpose vehicles in its category.
It was judged by a panel from the Asian Auto motoring magazine as having the best combination of fuel consumption, design, engineering, value, handling, aftersales service. These results were audited by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), which is under the Department of Transport, the United Kingdom.
The Cross Touran was launched last October as part of Volkswagen Group Malaysia’s brand strategy of providing Malaysians with choices in the multipurpose vehicle segment. Volkswagen Group Malaysia managing director Mr Ricky Tay said the Cross Touran befitted the award as it truly represents Volkswagen’s Peoples’ Car philosophy.
“We want to offer Malaysians the complete Volkswagen experience. The Cross Touran will be the lifestyle option that we provide. This is a class-leading compact MPV and is sure to excite those who appreciate premium at affordable prices,” he added.
The Cross Touran will have leading performance figures in its class via its 1.4 TSI twin-charged engine that generates 140PS. This outstanding engine is mated to Volkswagen’s innovative 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). This enables the Cross Touran to churn out 220Nm from as low as 1,250rpm, reaching 100kph in 9.8 seconds, which is excellent for a compact MPV. The Cross Touran boasts a top speed of 194kph.
The Cross Touran’s TSI engine consumes some 7.1 litres/100km of fuel on a combined cycle but emit 164g/km. This more ‘extrovert’ compact MPV follows the new Volkswagen design DNA and impresses externally with a dynamic character line, a new, powerful rear-end design and two-part taillight clusters.
However, the Cross Touran traditionally ‘goes one better’ and with its ”Cross” kit complete with longer suspension springs it gets 20 millimetres more ground clearance than the standard model. This vehicle offers interior comfort and convenience, with 40 storage bins and optional third seating row, driving fun and environmental awareness.
This 7-seater vehicle comes standard with Volkswagen’s Climatronic air-conditioning system, leather-wrapped gearshift knob and multi-function steering wheel, interior chrome trim, RCD310 audio system complete with MP3 player, MEDIA-IN with USB adapter cable, cruise control and of course, park distance control (PDC). The 1,989 litres of cargo space is another point that would set the Cross Touran apart from the rest.
Besides being awarded a 5-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro-NCAP), the Cross Touran’s key safety features include ABS and EBD, Anti-Slip Regulator (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Engine Drag Torque Control (EDTC), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), 6 airbags and, 3-point seat belts in the second row seats with height adjustment.
The Cross Touran is available is 11 colours; Candy White, Wild Cherry Red, Toffee Brown, Reflex Silver, Silver Leaf, Titanium Beige, Acapulco Blue, Pepper Grey and Night Blue, Deep Black and Venetian Green. A choice of two interior colours is available for the ‘Fey’ fabric seats; Natural Brown and Anthracite.
The Cross Touran is available at all authorised Volkswagen dealership nationwide and priced at RM166,888.
For more information, visit www.volkswagen.com.my
words & pix: Volkswagen Malaysia