Roomier and better equipped VW Tiguan

Hugh Maguire


Hugh Maguire

Roomier and better equipped VW Tiguan

The VW Tiguan is not an unfamiliar name on these shores.

The Tiguan is a compact SUV that has had a great degree of sales success worldwide selling in the millions but here in relative terms it has not had as big an impact.

However the new Tiguan may change that. It is roomier, better equipped and boasts a fresh new style.

Entry to the range starts at €29,085 for the Trendline version and there are the usual VW diesel and petrol engines to choose from with either 6-speed manual or the VW DSG auto gearbox.

This week I am road testing the Tiguan 2.0 TDi manual Highline BMT. Prices for the Highline version start at €36,870. So what’s it like?

Its a stylish if unadventurous design with the front end mirroring that of the latest Passat.

The overall style is good and in top of the line Highline version it looks very well with details such as the attractive alloys and roof rails adding a touch of class.

The new cabin is a very nice place to be.

Its very well finished with excellent build quality and a high level of specification the highlights of which include, 18 inch alloys, auto adaptive headlights with Dynamic light assist, auto wipers, a centrally mounted touch screen which controls many functions including Navigation, park assist, Parallel Auto Park, Fatigue detection, pre crash warning, heated seats, electric front seats, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth with audio streaming, voice activation and of course the now usual electric windows and so forth. there are also a host of safety features both post and pre crash.

I quite like the new instruments which are digitally generated but analogue in style.

However some of the instrument selection options result in a lot of clutter with too much unnecessary information. Choose “Classic” mode and the instruments look best.

This revised 2.0 litre TDi has more power now boasting 150 bhp a welcome progression as its predecessor was a bit underpowered.

Drive is to the front wheels but an all wheel drive 4-Motion version is available.

The 6 speed gearbox is light and easy but when in reverse and going to re engage first it is quite easy to slip into reverse again. Could be embarrassing as you expect to go forward but end up going backwards!

On the economy front it proved very good burning 6.1 litres per 100km.

The Tiguan costs €270 to tax for a year.

The ride and handling of the new Tiguan is a fine blend of comfort and good handling.

Accommodation is good for four adults with neat foldaway trays on the back of the front seats for the kids. The boot of the new Tiguan is big too breaking 5500 litres with the seats down.

Noise levels are generally low, with wind, road and engine noise all very well dampened out. The new Tiguan proves a refined car in which to travel.

The new VW Tiguan is a well put together, somewhat conservatively styled compact SUV that delivers in most areas.

Its main rivals are cars like the Ford Kuga, Nissan X-Trail, and Honda CR-V to name but a few.

The new Tiguan is an excellent car but somehow it left me cold, with no feeling that I would really want one.

It is really good but maybe for me it just lacks that bit of flair some of its rivals possess. The Tiguan Highline as tested costs €37,389.