When it launched back in 2007 the VW Tiguan was one of just a handful of cross-overs and was one of the most premium, that was a long time ago though , the new one has a tough job on his hands. That’s because the cross-over market has exploded over tha past 10 years and the VW Tiguan has to be seriously good to get a place on the buyers short list.
The dashboard is the sam that you get on the VW Touran MPV, the way it starts and the way the controls are layed out , it’s all very conventional and well ordered, it’s all very very Volkswagen. That also means that there is lots of storage , the back we find one of Tiguan’s best selling point, it’s booth, which is begger than the Nissan Qashqai and the Mazda Cx-5.
In the back there is a lot of head and knee room, you can easily fit 3 adults . On the back of the front seats you can find some little picnic tables with cup holders, which are really good for the kids. The seats slide frontwards and backwards, also the backrest is adjustable.
There’s a large range of engines to choose from, from the small 1.4-litre TSI petrol in the less expensive models to the 2.0-litre TSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel. The 1.4-litre petrol, with either 123 or 148bhp, is also used in the Golf, and is cheaper and a little more economical than the bigger engines. That’s especially true of the 148bhp version, which has Active Cylinder Technology, which shuts down parts the engine when full power isn’t required in order to save fuel.
The diesel choices are all 2.0-litre engines, but come in a number of power outputs, with a 113bhp version available in the entry-level model and 148, 187 and 236bhp versions also offered. The 2.0-litre TDI diesels are the most popular choice, picked by around 95% of Tiguan buyers.
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