I’ve often wondered (especially after watching a zombie infested movie); what car would I like to be driving if the world ended yesterday and the only companion you get in the streets are infected humans? It has to be a car that’s frugal since petrol would probably be scarce and have lots of space to better store years of can beans supplies.The car needs to be fast to better escape hordes of undead chasing after your blood and nimble to avoid body parts being strewn on the road.

 

Quite obvious, you won’t be needing a sports car since you’d spend as much time hunting for a petrol station as the zombies hunting you and there’s no chicks around for you to impress (unless you have a fetish for corpses). A hybrid makes a lot of sense then … its fuel-sipping characteristic would ensure you have enough range to reach the next town. The only issue is space. While a Toyota Prius certainly has more than sufficient space to move a family of 4, an MPV can store a lot more beef jerky and milk powders. So which MPV has all the abilities above? I think the answer lies in the Volkswagen Cross Touran

 

Design

Ok, in terms of design, it’s not going to get any pulse racing but since most of the inhabitants of the infested world don’t have a pulse to behind with, that’s ok. It’s not that bad really … the design grows on to you the longer you stare at it.

The LED DRLs up in front increases the visual appeal and helps to boost your presence on the road.

 

Performance

Under its hood, you’ll find a 1.4litre TSi twin-charged engine. Though it’s the same engine as the Golf TSi, the Cross Touran’s output has been detuned to dishes out 140PS @ 5,600rpm (20PS less than the Golf) and 220Nm from 1,250 to 4,500rpm (20Nm less than the Golf). As such, you won’t feel the thrust as much as the Golf and power delivery is linear and comfortable (as it should be for a family MPV). Despite that, this is still a sub 10-second car with century sprint being attained in 9.8seconds …. perfect for plowing down any zombies that gets on your way.

 

Fuel consumption is rated to be 8.9litres for urban, 6.0litres for extra-urban and 7.1litres for combined per 100km travel which is good compared to a hybrid, especially when you’re driving between abandoned towns and the hybrid technology isn’t as effective when cruising at a fixed speed.

 

Ride and Handling

 

It’s an MPV …. period.

 

Actually, despite that, it tackles corners pretty well. Some have remarked that the secret is in the rigid suspension and over some uneven roads, this may cause rear passengers to get uncomfortable. Granted I was at the helm of the car so I can’t really say how the rear passengers feel.

 

Cabin Convenience

 

Someone should re-write the dictionary and put the Cross Touran in there under the word utility because that’s what this car has … in abundance. The car swallow a lot …. 1,989litres to be precise. Heck, it’s practically a Noah’s Ark (ok, a Compact Noah’s Ark) on wheels.

The rear seats, aside from being able to fold up, can even be completely removed. I bet you could stuff a cow and some chickens in there in case you decide to start a farm somewhere.

Tired from the long drive? Swap people and the fatigued driver can lounge comfortably in the rear by reclining the rear seats to a position of his/her liking.

Volkswagen claims there are 500 configurations that you can do with the seats inside. I think a normal person would find it challenging to utilize just 5% of the said number. Of course, in a post-apocalyptic world, you can never be fully prepared.

 

Should you feel stressed from staying in the car too long, sunlight and fresh air can be let in with the panoramic sunroof.

It even has rails on the roof in case you want to tie a fridge up there …. just make sure you don’t open the roof while you’re at it.

 

At the helm, it’s all function and no nonsense. All controls are within easy reach and simple to understand, which is good in case you need a 5 year old to operate the car while you’re busy fending off some monsters trying to steal your dinner

 

The Cross Touran has auto lights to activate the bi-xenon headlights that illuminate the empty, dark roads. The lights have both static and dynamic bending abilities for you to better see carcasses on the road and avoid (or roll over) them.

 

Got some blood covering the headlights? No problem … turn on the wipers with the headlights on and the car’s washer system will ensure no goo will ever block your lights.

 

You’ll also get automatic wipers

Rear occupants gets aircon vents located in the center console and a 12V charger to make sure your phone or emergency walkies-talkie never runs out of power.

 

Another beautiful thing about the Cross Touran is the bins and cubicles to store the odd items you might collect as you traverse the roads. It is said that there are over 40 storage bins all over the car and I especially like the cup holders that are found inside the huge glove compartment (perfect place to store stim packs and other medicine)

 

As the landscape is probably blasted with rabbles and broken glass, a tire puncture is probably expected and despite the Cross Touran having 2 different tires for front and back (215/50 R17 for the front and 235/45/R17 for the rear) and no spare tires, you have a tire repair kit and an electric driven compressor which draws power from another 12V outlet near the rear boot of the car

Safety

 

If the car goes barreling too quickly, you’ve got the whole ESP, ABS, EBD, ASR to steer you out of danger. If despite that, you still managed to crash the car, you’ve gota 5-star NCAP rating and 6 airbags to ensure greater survivability.

 

Good luck in out-running the millions of walking dead though.

 

Specifications

Engine & gearbox

  • 1.4litre 140PS TSi twincharged direct petrol injection 4-cylinder engine
  • 7-speed direct shift gearbox DSG

Interior

  • All-round power windows
  • Central locking with radio remote control, 2 remote control folding keys
  • ‘Climatronic’ air-conditioning system with 2-zone temperature control
  • Cruise control
  • ‘Fey’ fabric seat upholstery
  • Front center armrest with storage box, height and longitudinal adjustment, 2 rear vents and 1 cup holder
  • Gearshift knob in leather
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Interior chrome trim
  • ‘Iridium’ decorative inserts for dashboard and door trim panels
  • Radio ‘RCD310’ with MP3 player including CD player
  • Mobile device interface MEDIA-IN with USB adapter cable & AUX-IN in front center armrest
  • Multi-function display ‘Plus’
  • Multi-function leather-covered 3-spoke steering wheel with paddle shift control for DSG
  • Park distance control PDC

Exterior

  • Automatic headlight activation with separate daytime running lights, ‘Leaving Home’ and manual ‘Coming Home’ function
  • Bi-xenon headlights for low beam and high beam with dynamic bending light and intergrated LED daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Electronic panoramic tilt/slide glass sunroof
  • Exterior mirrors, electrically foldable, with environment lighting and curb view
  • ‘Funplay’ alloy wheels, 6.5J x 17″ front, 8J x 17″, tires 215/50 R17 front, 235/45 R17 rear
  • Headlight washer system
  • Rain sensor
  • Remote unlocking for luggage compartment
  • Silver anodised roof rails

Safety

  • 3-point seat belts in second row of seats with height adjustment for outer seats and two in the thrid row of seats
  • ABS with EBD
  • ASR
  • Curtain airbags for front and rear passengers including side aribags in the front
  • Driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Electronic differential lock EDL
  • Engine drag torque control EDTC
  • ESP with driver steering recommendation
  • Euro NCAP 5-star rating for adult occupant protection
  • Warning triangle breakdown sign

 

All this for the price of RM167,608 OTR without insurance. Only thing is … I wish it came with leather seats because cleaning dried blood on fabric seats is such a chore.

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14 Comments

  1. Duck
    June 13, 2012 at 12:53 am — Reply

    Only two words for this car: practical carrier.

    VW salesman said the direct competitor is the 3008 instead of 5008 as this is a cross over. Not really an Mpv or suv. Somehow the 3008 driving position feels taller. But this cross touran does feel more steady and has lesser body roll compared to the 3008 – as a passenger.

  2. Fon
    June 13, 2012 at 2:58 am — Reply

    beautifully written, kudos to zomb apoc ^^

  3. BK
    June 13, 2012 at 8:25 am — Reply

    Good review with dash of humour.
    How about doing a review on other continental MPVs like Ford S-Max?

    • June 13, 2012 at 8:43 am — Reply

      I’ve always wanted to do a review on the Fords (Fiesta/Mondeo/S-Max) but with only so few branches around and not all of them having test drive units, it is proving to be challenging for me. Right now, I just basically check out any cars along my path as I carry on with my work. Hopefully as the site gains more readers, I can write an official letter to Ford requesting for their media cars to be used for a few days.

      • kevin
        June 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm — Reply

        Ford PJ isn’t that far from your workplace. Do test drive the S-Max. I would love to have your feedback.

        • June 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm — Reply

          I would love to have a feedback of my own too 🙂

          Let’s see how it plays out

  4. kev
    June 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    is it normal for vw not to provide spare tyre? i think it’s a big turn-off, i’d rather change the tyre than do the repair at some god forsaken place with zombies running around.

    • kevin
      June 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm — Reply

      CBU VWs usually come with spare tyres but their specified tyres in use are also self-sealing Contiseal tyres.

      The Cross Touran is one of the few VWs in Malaysia that come with a puncture repair kit.

  5. Duck
    June 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm — Reply

    The Cross Touran’s front and back wheels comes in different size. If you want a spare tire, then you’ll need two of it.. hence the tire repair kit.

  6. abang tanjung
    June 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm — Reply

    perhaps for every purchase of VW without spare tyres, they should throw in 30-minute tyre repair course to get a hold of it in case shit happens. I know there are instructions but some people are just not good at reading and imagining. What more with zombies around, you would’nt have much time watching over your back.

  7. lp16
    June 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    Any known issue with the CT? I’m actually thinking of getting one esp 2011 unit with discounts. Turn offs are no air vents for 3rd row and for a car that cost over RM160k, at least give leather seats la! I’m a bit worried that the 1.4TSi might struggle to pull this babe.

    Design wise, a bit boring but hey! I drive a Skoda; that could be the most boring looking car in the world! But I like the panoramic roof though. Sheer class!

    • chris lee
      September 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm — Reply

      In our country Malaysia, which is humid and hot, fabric seats are better. Cross Touran fabric seats are hard wearing, comfortable and very cool to our bottoms after the vehicle has been under the sun. Leather seats are slippery, get stained easily, very hot to our bottoms after under the sun, and also remain hot and uncomfortable, and cause itchiness to our bottom and back due to the heat in the leather. I think the Cross Touran is value for money in every aspects, build qualiy, electronics, power, audio system, space and driveability, solid feel. My only complaint is that the Principal VW at Bangsar is not that responsive with their email. They do not respond as promised in their automated email reply, even after given them my HP number. I bought my CT from VW Amcorp Jalan Ipoh, and I am very satisfied with their service and attitude, also their coffee bar with the tasty coffee!. If you want to visit this dealer, please call Alvin Tan, a very polite marketing gentleman.

      • Nur Hafidza
        October 30, 2012 at 7:29 am — Reply

        hi chris, we are considering between mazda 5 and cross touran. cross touran seems to be the champion among the two, but we are holding back for now looking at the poor reviews of volkswagen after sales services. Any positive experiences regarding you servicing your cross touran and any problems with your car so far?

  8. July 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    I’m not sure exactly why but this website is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

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