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Launched back in 2008, apart from minor face lifts and upgrades VW's compact SUV has more or less remained the same since its introduction, the main reason being the vehicle was exactly as its buyers wanted it to be. Part of what VW now describe as their SUV Offensive, the new Tiguan is set to maintain the model's third best seller UK status, existing customers already upgrading and first time buyers ready and waiting. Based on VW's MQB seemingly universal platform, the new Tiguan makes far better use of space for both occupants and cargo whilst enhancing all aspects of safety and the inclusion of VW's latest technology.


Available in both 2WD and AWD versions along with four engine options, two petrol and three diesel varying between 115hp to 240hp along with both manual and VW's DSG automatic transmissions, the new Tiguan also comes with a cross section of trim and specifications. Externally, the 2nd Generation Tiguan echoes the VW family looks combining the profile of the larger Tuareg and the new Passat estate, the broader, lower looks and slightly more squat stance enhancing the vehicle's multi practical status. Internally, the MQB platform increases passenger and cargo space, a far more ergonomic approach now sees a more airy cabin, the basic controls logically laid out and falling easily to hand, the overall quality exceeding VW's already high standards. Five passengers are comfortably accommodated along with 615 liters of cargo or just two occupants and 1,655 litres of load space.


In AWD 4Motion guise, by leaving the rotary selector in auto the Tiguan is more than capable of sorting itself out, the 5th Generation Haldex system more than capable of sorting itself out. Alternatively, more specific programs are easily dialed in for warning the Tiguan of the road or lack of it ahead. With a sensible attitude combined with 18.3 and 24.7 approach and departure angles, 20 degrees ramp over, 200mm ground clearance and a 11.5m turning circle, whilst not and out and out off-roader, with hill decent, traction control and stability programs, the new Tiguan is still more than capable of performing reasonably well over most surfaces. Four fisheye lens cameras are also able to provide the driver with what is ostensibly an aerial view of the car and its immediate surroundings whilst connectivity to the now almost universal GoPro camera systems, drivers can add additional visual coverage all of which is directly relayed back to the central infotainment screen.


And whilst the more overtly sporting R-Line isn't likely to appeal to everyone, the 150hp 2-litre diesel, 6-speed manual initially tested immediately highlighted VW's improvements. Easy to drive with a newly found sense of responsiveness and tautness, the driving sensation is more akin to the Golf than that of a compact SUV, the 340Nm of torque pulling the car along with no apparent effort. This in turn will once again enhance the new Tiguan's appeal especially for first time SUV buyers, VW having completely eliminated any possible negatives undecided 4x4 buyers occasionally face.


Whilst VW's new Tiguan has been a while in arriving, the end result has been more than worth the wait. And whilst the majority of sales are expected to be the 2WD 140hp SE model, it's anticipated that the AWD diesels in all specifications will find favour amongst more rural drivers, the Tiguan having already carved out its towing credentials, reliability and longevity. Price start at 22,510GBP for the entry level 2WD with the R-Line 4Motion seen here retailing for 33,435GBP.



By; Mark Stone



All New VW Tiguan