SUVs are hot property with nearly all the major manufacturers offering some sort of raised-up hatchback in their range to grab market share in what’s become a very lucrative segment. Caroline Kidd looks at the VW Tiguan
Volkswagen jumped on the bandwagon back in 2008 with the launch of the Tiguan compact SUV. It sold well for the brand as the demand for SUVs took off. But competition is fierce in this segment, so an all-new Tiguan was well overdue.
Enter the second generation Tiguan. Launched earlier in 2016, it’s the first Volkswagen SUV to be built on the MQB platform, which is shared with the Golf Mk 7 and a number of others in the Volkswagen range. The soft curves of the previous model are gone and the new Tiguan is now wearing a sharp suit. It’s all the better for it. The styling is classic VW but with an assertive and robust presence that is just right for this market.
Inside, the cabin design is similar to the Golf and recently launched Touran MPV. All the controls are easy to find and use, and the quality of the materials nods to the more premium end of the SUV market. Technology highlights include the ‘Active Info Display’ digital instrument cluster and the touchscreen infotainment system, which is one of the best in the business.
The Tiguan has seating for five and the passenger footwells in the back are reasonably large, while headroom is also good. There’s a sliding rear bench and when it’s slid forward there’s an impressive 615 litres of available boot space, while the rear seat backrest split folds 40:20:40.
The Tiguan range kicks off with a 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrol engine with 125hp but there are more powerful petrols available. 2.0-litre diesels are offered with a range of outputs from 115hp to 240hp. There are manual and automatic transmissions available, as well as a four wheel drive option. The 2.0-litre 115hp diesel is the most economical, returning up to 60mpg with CO2 emissions of 123g/km.
On the road the Tiguan is pleasingly agile for a SUV with well-weighted steering and not too much lean in the corners. It’s comfortable for long haul journeys and the 2.0-litre TDI 150hp tested offers great power and flexibility, while noise intrusion into the cabin is minimal.
New Tiguan is available in five trims and standard equipment includes 17” alloy wheels, roof rails, electric windows, air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers, 8” touchscreen and digital radio. Pricing starts at £22,510 for petrols and £24,110 for diesels. The Tiguan can look pricey compared to rivals like the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage, but the Tiguan has an all-round polish and premium feel that just lifts it above the competition.
To organise a test drive of the New VW Tiguan call Edwin May Volkswagen
Ballymena 028 2565 5209 Coleraine 028 7034 4837 Portadown 028 3833 2238 or visit roadsidemotors.com
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