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By Jeremy BennettA real-life mother of three in our office has chosen the Volkswagen Touran as her next company car and it's easy to see why. It fulfils all the requirements of a family five-a-side team when it comes to practicality, comfort and safety. Costing £22,245 our SE spec car - the spec my colleague is getting next month - sits in the middle of the price range which goes from £18,360 to £26,865. As well as having seven seats (and 500 seating combinations and providing between 121 and 1,989 litres of luggage space), there are numerous space saving and storage features: driver's and front passenger's under seat drawer, folding tables on the back of the front seats and compartments in the roof.And for the comfort of young ones in the back the heat insulated tinted glass from the B-pillar backwards reduces sunlight glare by up to 65%. Safety features in SE and Sport include lane assist that counter-steers if the car drifts from the lane and gives a warning sound if you take your hands off the steering wheel; the second row seats have head restraints and three-point automatic belts and a host of airbags, including curtains for the front and second row. It's easy to drive and offers excellent comfort and visibility for the driver and roominess for all passengers. Of course, there's the Volkswagen build quality (this has leached in a very positive way into Skodas now, so watch out VW when Skoda introduce a people carrier), but there is some-thing lacking in visual appeal: it is very boxy compared to competitors, particularly the Ford Galaxy and Peugeot 5008, so if your children's opinion matters then they may huff a little if you conclude your tour of show-rooms with the Touran top of the shopping list. Simply have the riposte that begins, 'when you can afford your own car' at the ready. SpecificationPrice £19,215Engine 1.6 TDI 105bhp Performance 0-62mph 12.8 secs; top speed 114mphTransmission 6-sp manEfficiency 44.8mpg combined; 134g/km CO2RV (3yr/30k) 42.9%Rivals Peugeot 5008, Ford S-Max Seat AlhambraNew car marketNewsDealerprofileUsed car analysisInsight: RecruitmentPeugeot UKNewsdigestNew car newsDriven Volkswagen Touran SE - on sale nowAn ideal family favourite "It's easy to drive and offers excellent comfort and visibility"