• Aug 16, 2010
2011 Volkswagen CrossTouran – Click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen has now started taking orders for the new "outback" version of its European-market Touran MPV starting at €27,700 in Germany (that's around $35,500 USD). The CrossTouran joins the joins the CrossPolo and CrossGolf in the high-riding flared wheelarch segment. Longer springs lift the CrossTouran about 0.8 inches further off the pavement, letting driver and children play rally driver that much more convincingly.

Like its lower-riding siblings, the CrossTouran has an array of gas and diesel TSI and TDI inline-fours to choose from along an optional bi-fuel natural gas version. If Ford finds success with its similarly sized Grand C-Max next year and the slow-selling Chrysler-in-drag Routan is canceled, perhaps VW will bring over the Touran instead to flesh out its lineup. If the seven-seat Touran could be produced in Mexico along with the Jetta to bring the price down, such a move could have potential.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      The 2010 Routan won #1 J D Powers quality award in it's segment.
      It is an excellent sized mini van for American families. The ride quality is class leader. My wife loves hers. I like the ride and build quality. The touran is too small for U S family and real world cargo needs. Mazda 5's are nailed to the showroom floor and it is a Touran size product.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Minivans are coming into their own now. They aren't just for "soccer moms" anymore. I wonder if there is a way to make them look more masculine though....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Less dorky than the Rondo. I like it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's no Renault Espace but looks decent enough. I'm sure this'll sell well in Euroland, minivans always do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rebadged Rondo/Carens? Kidding, but it does resemble it a lot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cancel Routan...ship the Sharan here...or Touran..or Caddy Life,..or Caravelle!! Das Auto
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this was available in the U.S., I'd have to shop it as a replacement for my Element.

      Eventually, this market will embrace small boxes. Sedans just don't make sense. I'm seeing more Mazda 5s (finally) and lots of Kia Souls on the road. I hope the tide is turning.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It most reminds me of the first generation Odyssey, the Isuzu version of which I still own. I'm a big fan of three-row vans-wagons like this, the Mazda5, and I suppose, the Rondo. Mine is the perfect family vehicle. The 3rd row seats are not exactly Lazyboys, but certainly better than back seats of a large coupe. As cheap to operate as a 4-Cyl. Accord, as useful as a minivan.

      Sadly, the original Oddy wasn't a success in the states (though there are a ton of them here in So Cal) but I think the car was just a little ahead of its time. I hope VW brings this over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rear wheels seem to have an awful lot of concavity for a minivan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      omg

      bring it to the states and kill those fugly toyos and hons
        • 4 Years Ago
        They're Less likely to bring this to US Market than the larger, more conventional Sharan which has just had sliding doors added for the first time in Europe. That makes more sense than this mini-minivan...
        • 4 Years Ago
        this think is even more plain and just as fugly as the toyotas & hondas u mentioned

        even worse looking than the dodge minivan version they already sell in the US
        • 4 Years Ago
        they're not bringing it to the states, and autoblog isn't just going to report on north american news, come on people.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really? I think this looks on par with the last generation Sienna and current generation Odyssey. The new Sienna is definitely miles ahead of this in terms of style.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is pretty nice looking for a minivan! If VW could sell it for the mid 20's then I think it would do as good or better then the current VW minivan based on the dodge caravan. Minivan's will never be a huge seller no more with all these nice suv's from ford, hyundai, kia, GM , and nissan !

        IT WOULD NOT TAKE A LOT of design to out style most of Toyota's and Honda's current line up .

        I think the Honda accord coupe of both automakers is the only good looking car I can even think of. Toyota's Lexus devision has some of the most hideous looking cars .

        Honda's acura's would all be good was it still the mid 1990's

        Toyota's scion only had the tC and now with the 2011 tC there is nothing good in the scion line.

        I don't understand why Honda and Toyota does not fire these designers that keep coming up with these either hideous , boring and lacking any modern connection to the auto world style of today! Be it not everyone's taste yet , this new style is the style that most seem to like with the exception of Toyota and Honda fans who are shrinking faster then Gm's Buick base did here in the USA
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think the name would work in the US.

      For the root name, take "Routan", switch the T and the R, and you get Touran. Which sounds very much like "touron" (contraction of tourist and moron).

      For the lifted version, add "Cross" to the front. Too bad the first nine letters of the name end up being "Crosstour." Not an association I'd want to make, were I VW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        what way are you saying?
        its said tour-ann
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess I was saying it more like "tour-on" but regardless it reminded me of the word "touron" which is a derogatory word used to describe clueless tourists.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder if they have a pocket full of shells?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah! I haven't heard that song in a long time.....
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