The Volkswagen Touran (Typ 1T) is a compact MPV based on a vertically stretched fifth generation Volkswagen Golf Mk5, and sold in Europe and other select markets. It was launched in 2003 to fill a gap in Volkswagen’s model lineup, below the Sharan large MPV. The vehicle is delivered in five- or seven-seat versions. It can be considered an extended version of the Golf Plus, since their front ends are similar in size, while the Touran’s rear overhang is 200 mm (7.87 in) longer (and therefore a seven-seater, while the Golf Plus is a five-seater). In some regions, such as Japan, the car is called Golf Touran.
The name ‘Touran’ derives from the combination of ‘Tour’ and ‘Sharan’, the bigger MPV by VW. Despite the similarity of their names, the Touran is not related to the North American-market Volkswagen Routan.