Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDi 150 R Line with Desirable Factory Extras Diesel 5 door Estate (2017) at Preston Motor Park Fiat and Volvo

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This VW Tiguan R Line comes with £2,110 worth of factory fitted extras including LED 'Mid' headlights, Sports suspension, and Atlantic Blue Metallic paint - Also feature d is Glass roof, Adaptive cruise control, VW Apps control, Audio system with digital media card reader, touch screen and one disc auto-changer that reads MP3 CDs, DAB Radio, Automatic air conditioning with three climate control zones, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Centre armrest between front and rear seats, Chrome/silver roof rails, Collision warning system which activates seat belts, Computer includes average speed, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel. Connections for USB (front) and auxiliary audio devices , Cornering lights/kerb illumination, Day time running lights, Dual 12.3 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen, Dynamic steering, Engine start/stop, Front fog lights, Headlight cleaners, Lane departure warning system, Light sensitive rear view mirror, Mobile Integration using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, Refrigerated storage compartment in glove compartment, Satellite navigation system with colour, 8.0 inch display, and much more.

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MPG: 58.9

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This VW Tiguan R Line comes with £2,110 worth of factory fitted extras including LED 'Mid' headlights, Sports suspension, and Atlantic Blue Metallic paint - Also feature d is Glass roof, Adaptive cruise control, VW Apps control, Audio system with digital media card reader, touch screen and one disc auto-changer that reads MP3 CDs, DAB Radio, Automatic air conditioning with three climate control zones, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Centre armrest between front and rear seats, Chrome/silver roof rails, Collision warning system which activates seat belts, Computer includes average speed, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel. Connections for USB front and auxiliary audio devices , Cornering lights/kerb illumination, Day time running lights, Dual 12.3 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen, Dynamic steering, Engine start/stop, Front fog lights, Headlight cleaners, Lane departure warning system, Light

General

AdBlue: True
Badge Engine CC: 2.0
Badge Power: 150
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: TDi 150
Coin Series: R-Line
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 18E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 84
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 72
NCAP Safety Assist %: 68
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 10000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.19
CO2 (g/km): 126
HC: N
HC+NOx: 0.068
Noise Level dB(A): 71
NOx: 0.047
Particles: 0.0004
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1968
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Engine Code: DFGA
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
Gears: 6 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 58.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 65.7
EC Urban (mpg): 50.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 47.9

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.3
Engine Power - BHP: 150
Engine Power - KW: 110
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 251
Engine Torque - MKG: 34.7
Engine Torque - NM: 340
Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
Top Speed: 127

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Space Saver?: True
Tyre Size Front: 255/40 R20
Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R20
Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style: SUZUKA
Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height (including roof rails): 1654
Length: 4490
Wheelbase: 2677
Width: 1859
Width (including mirrors): 2099

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 58
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2210
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1655
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 615
Max. Loading Weight: 680
Max. Roof Load: 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
Minimum Kerbweight: 1530
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.5

GOLF BUGGY (new2) 15/04/2016

In second generation form, Volkswagen's Tiguan looks a strong package. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's much improved second generation Tiguan targets both volume and premium brand customers for mid-sized SUVs with a high quality, well priced package that's smart and efficient. All the car you'll ever really need? Many see it as just that.

Background

If you're planning to spend somewhere in the £23,000-£36,000 bracket on a compact SUV or SUV-like Crossover, you'll certainly not be short of choice. But choice can sometimes be a compromising thing - and so it is here. So for the premium badge you'd like on a car of this kind, you have to compromise on equipment. For the practicality you'll need, you have to compromise on trim and build quality. And for the all-wheel drive ability you'll maybe sometimes want, you've to compromise on tarmac driving pleasure. Volkswagen understands this, which is why in 2008, they brought us this car, the Tiguan, a contender in this class that's arguably less compromised than any other. Especially in the rejuvenated second generation guise we're looking at here. The Tiguan model line has historically been hugely successful for Volkswagen, having accounted for nearly 2.6 million global sales by the time this MK2 version arrived. And the reasons aren't hard to fathom. Here, you've all the class of a Honda CR-V or a Toyota RAV4 at a significant saving in cost, pricing being not too much more than Far Eastern budget brand models in this segment. Let's see how this car stacks up.

Driving Experience

At the foot of the Tiguan engine range is a 130PS 1.5-litre TSI EVO unit, or you can have a frugal yet also more powerful 150PS version of this engine; either way, you get 'Cylinder-on-Demand' technology. Both these variants only use 2WD. If you want Volkswagen's 4MOTION 4WD system in your petrol-powered Tiguan, you'll have to opt for a 2.0-litre TSI petrol variant, available in 190 and 230PS forms and offered only with 7-speed DSG transmission. Most buyers of this car though, will probably want a diesel. There's a 115PS entry-level 2.0 TDI 2WD derivative but many likely customers will want this car fitted with the 2.0 TDI 150PS unit, which can be ordered with with front wheel drive or 4MOTION 4WD - and has a DSG auto option. If you go for the pokier 190PS 2.0 TDI powerplant, you have to have 4MOTION and the DSG auto. That's also the case with the flagship bi-turbo BiTDI flagshp variant which puts out a potent 240PS. The fifth-generation four-wheel-drive 4MOTION system provides a faster apportioning of power to all four wheels via a process that provides pre-activation of the rear clutch and improved operation of the electronic differentials. In recent times, nearly three-quarters of Tiguan buyers in the UK have shown a preference for AWD. In 4x4 form, the car has 200mm of ground clearance, 11mm more than it would have in 2WD guise. There is also an optional Off-Road package, which features a uniquely styled front bumper providing an approach angle of 25.6deg and a departure angle of 24.7deg.

Design and Build

The conventional Tiguan has put on 60mm in length and 30mm in width in second generation form and sits 22mm lower than its predecessor. Wolfsburg has developed a lengthened seven-seat Allspace version this time around. It's the conventional five-door model we're concentrating on here, a car which sits on the advanced, stiff, light MQB platform that underpins the current Golf and Passat models. It's certainly a confident-looking car - and quite a spacious one too. Inside, there's a long 77mm wheelbase, at 2681mm, and the tracks have also been widened, which greatly improves the Tiguan's overall stance. If you need seven seats, there's a lengthier 'Allspace' version too. The cabin's classy too, fit and finish being of a noticeably high standard. Much of the switchgear and the infotainment monitor will be familiar to anyone who has tried a MK7 Golf. Borrowed from the Passat is the optional Active Info Display high-definition instrument panel. You can also specify a Head-up display that uses a small glass panel, deployed from behind the instrument binnacle at the press of button. Luggage space is rated at 615-litres with the standard 60/40 split folding rear seats in place, or 1655-litres with the seats lowered.

Market and Model

Expect pricing to sit in the £23,500 to £40,000 bracket, and most buyers will focus on the 150PS version of Volkswagen's familiar 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, priced from around £26,000. If you want 4MOTION 4WD with this variant, then an extra £1,600 will secure it and there's also the £1,600 option of DSG automatic transmission. As for trim levels, there's a choice of 'S', 'Match', 'SEL' and 'R-Line Tech' options. All models come with alloy wheels, 'Climatic' semi-automatic air conditioning, a trip computer, all-round electric windows, an alarm, power heated door mirrors and a 'Composition Media' infotainment system. Safety kit includes a clever 'Automatic Post-Collision Braking System' that automatically brakes the car down to 6mph after a collision - so if, say, someone hits you and, understandably, you go to pieces, the car will automatically sort itself out. There's also a 'Front Assist' system that at speed, scans the road ahead as you drive for potential accident hazards, warning you if one is detected and automatically braking if necessary. You get that same kind of functionality at urban speeds too, as part of a 'City Emergency Braking' system included as part of the 'Front Assist' package.

Cost of Ownership

Let's look at the WLTP-rated figures. Expect the 2.0 TDI 150PS 2WD variant many will want to deliver 47.1-49.6mpg on the combined cycle and 125g/km of CO2. Go for the 1.5-litre TSI 130PS petrol option and the figures are 39.8-42.2mpg and 128-130g/km. Later on, the economy champion will be the GTE Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric version you can ask your dealer about. Overall, though the upfront sticker price isn't cheap, whichever variant you choose, you'll probably be better off choosing this Volkswagen than a cheaper South Korean alternative when you factor in depreciation and whole life costs. And warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. If you plan to see a bit more of the world in your Tiguan, there's a five year / 90,000 mile package. Whatever your decision, your car will come with three years of pan-European Roadside Assistance that has no mileage restriction. The paintwork warranty lasts for three years and, as you'd expect, this car is protected by a 12-year anti-corrosion package.

Summary

It's not hard to see why the Tiguan is such a popular choice in its sector here in the UK. You get pretty much all the quality of premium-badged mid-sized SUV for the price of a budget brand contender. You get pretty much all the tarmac handling ability of a Qashqai-like SUV with virtually all the off road ability of something more capable. And it all comes with the enduring appeal of that Volkswagen badge and the enduring residual values that'll go along with it. Such has always been this car's appeal and not much has changed with this MK2 model. It's not a car for driving enthusiasts or those who live halfway up Snowdon - but then such people are unlikely to be shopping in this sector anyway. What it does offer in this improved form are running costs from an ever-more efficient range of engines that make the transition to a car like this from an ordinary family hatch less painful than ever. And an extra dash of polish in everything it does that'll make you feel as good when you open the bedroom window as you will when you're at the wheel. A sensible choice then, but one you'll enjoy making.

COOL CALM & CONNECTED (used) 17/06/2016

BY JONATHAN CROUCH

Introduction

The facelifted post-2011 version of Volkswagen's first generation Tiguan targeted compact SUV and Crossover customers alike with a high quality, well priced package that was smarter and more efficient. All the 4x4 you'll ever really need? Many saw it as just that. Let's check this model out for used car customers.

Models

5dr SUV (1.4TSI, 2.0TSI / 2.0 TDI 110PS/140PS/177PS diesel)

History

If you're looking for a compact SUV or family-sized Crossover from the 2011 to 2016 era, then you'll certainly not be short of choice. But choice can sometimes be a compromising thing - and so it is here. So for the premium badge you'd like on a car of this kind, you have to compromise on equipment. For the practicality you'll need, you have to compromise on trim and build quality. And for the all-wheel drive ability you'll maybe sometimes want, you've to compromise on tarmac driving pleasure. Volkswagen understands this, which is why in 2008, they brought us this car, the Tiguan, a contender in this class that was arguably less compromised than any other. Especially in the rejuvenated guise that arrived here in the middle of 2011, the model we're focusing on here as a used buy. The Tiguan proved to be a hugely successful car for Volkswagen and the reasons aren't hard to fathom. Here, you got all the class of a Land Rover Freelander or a Toyota RAV4 at a significant saving in cost, pricing being not too much more than Far Eastern budget brand models in this segment. The dynamics strike an appealing balance too, with tarmac travel to a standard not too far off a Qashqai or Kuga-like pretend-SUV Crossover model matched with off road ability far in excess of what cars of that kind could ever consider. It all meant that, with not too much being broke, there wasn't a great deal to fix when the time came for VW to facelift this MK1 model Tiguan in 2011. In the end, we got a smarter look, a range of slightly pokier more efficient engines and some useful splashes of high technology. Would that be enough, commentators at the time wondered, to keep this model competitive in a sector brimming with ever-toughening competition? It turned out to be. This improved Tiguan sold steadily for the brand until its replacement by an all-new MK2 model in the Summer of 2016.

What You Get

The Tiguan has always been smartly but inoffensively styled. Hardly 'powerful and muscular', apparently the qualities that the design team were aiming at. You couldn't really apply those adjectives to the look of this revised post-2011 version either, but its looks were an improvement, Klaus Bischoff and his stylists neatening up the front end with the same kind of horizontally-lined grille used on the larger Touareg luxury SUV. Double-chromed louvers and daytime running lights in the optional bi-xenon headlamps completed the more up-market look. Moving towards the rear, there are some thoughtful touches. Like the small plastic surrounds on the squared-off wheelarches that can be unclipped for off-road use and, if necessary, replaced afterwards. Most models have classy chromed roof rails and there are sharply-lit LED lights at the rear. Under the skin, as with the original version, it's all Golf hatchback-based, but this improved design uses a tougher modular sub frame that's partly steel and should be better able to withstand off road buffeting. At the wheel, you'd certainly think you were in a Golf were it not for the slightly raised driving position. The leather-trimmed wheel feels good to hold, is adjustable for both reach and rake and is perfectly positioned for quality switchgear that falls nicely to hand. It's a practical cabin too, with door bins that can accommodate a sizeable drinks bottle, plus there's a cooled glovebox, plenty of cupholders and most models feature under-seat drawers for both front seat passengers. At the rear, Volkswagen built in some of the flexibility used in its Touran mini-MPV. So the back seat bench can slide fore and aft by up to 16cm and recline by up to 23-degrees for greater comfort on longer journeys. If you're not using the middle part of the seat, it can be folded down to make an armrest with cupholder. As usual in this class of car, three adults would be a little squashed on the back seat but two will have decent standards of head, leg and shoulder room and three kids will be fine. Out back, there's 470-litres of total boot space and the option of a ski-hatch for longer items. If that's not enough, pushing forward the 60:40 split-folded rear bench frees up a total of 1510-litres. You can carry quite heavy loads too, thanks to a payload capacity of 670kg. And there are neat touches like extra under-floor storage, a 12v power socket and an optional luggage net to stop your eggs mixing with you Iron Bru.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Our customer survey revealed a lot of very satisfied Tiguan owners but inevitably, there were a few issues. By the time of this post-2011-era model, Volkswagen had solved the timing chain issue that afflicted some owners of the original version of this car. We did still come across the odd report of a turbocharger failure though, something that also featured on a few early models. What else should you look out for on your test drive? Well we came across one owner who claimed his car had bouts of running in a 'lumpy' fashion; another complained of squealing brakes; and another experienced an oil leak. One buyer experienced a sat nav fault and another had a few instances of the electric handbrake not connecting properly. One buyer also found the alloy wheel deteriorating. Check all these things before you buy.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2013 Tiguan 2.0 TDI) A set of brake pads are between £45-£50. Brake discs cost around £45 to £50 - or between £75 to £80 if you want a pricier brand. Air filters are in the £7 to £11 bracket. Oil filters cost around £8-£10 and fuel filters between £20 and £30. You'll pay around £10 to £20 for a wiper blade. A shock absorber would be around £85 to £100 depending on brand. Bash one of the wing mirrors and you're looking at paying between £15 and £30 for a replacement.

On the Road

When this Tiguan first arrived on the market, it was one of the few compact SUVs you could switch into from an ordinary family hatchback without noticing much difference. Today, almost all cars in this sector are like that, but this one remains an appealing choice, still one of the keener models in its class on tarmac. Even if you find an example that was originally kitted out with the optional XDS electronic differential from the Golf GTI, it's still not quite as sharp through the bends as a Kuga or Qashqai-class Crossover, but then these cars can get little further than a muddy carpark when it comes to going offroad. Likely Tiguan owners won't be looking to cross the Namibian wilderness but they do often need their cars to tow and deal with the kind of gnarlier muddy tracks you'd hesitate to attempt in a Crossover. And this Volkswagen can do just that. We'll get to the muddy stuff in a minute. First though, you'll want to know how this car will feel on the school and shopping runs where it'll spend most of its time. Pretty good is the answer. Bodyroll is well controlled and the electric power steering's responsive, though even without the optional sports suspension, the ride might be a little firm and springy for some tastes - why is perhaps why some owners apparently christen their cars 'Tigger'. If that's an issue for you, try and find an example who's original buyer paid extra for the ACC Adaptive Chassis Control system via which 'Normal', 'Comfort' and 'Sport' modes enable you to tailor the suspension to suit the mood you're in and the road you're on. It's an easy car to drive in-town thanks to good all-round visibility and reasonably a tight 12m turning circle. And the optional self-parking system's a real boon in such an urban environment, effortlessly steering you into the tightest spaces. On the open road, as we've already suggested, there's nothing especially memorable about the driving experience, but it is pleasantly refined, with a slick feel to the six-speed manual gearbox, or the optional silky-smooth DSG twin-clutch 7-speed semi-automatic. Right from the beginning of its life, all the Tiguan's engineware has been turbocharged and nothing changed on that front in this revised version. Nine in every ten Tiguan buyers opt for a diesel and buyers of the post-2011 version were offered a choice between three 2.0 TDI units developing 110, 140 or 170PS. Both the two lower-powered units came with the option of either 4MOTION 4WD or a simple 2WD front-driven set-up but we can't really see the point of buying the lowest powered variant since it isn't much cheaper and saves you nothing in running costs. Most buyers then understandably plump for the 2.0 TDI 140 variant, which makes sixty from rest in 10.2s on the way to a top speed of close to 120mph, regardless of your choice of two or four wheel drive. Opt for the pokier TDI 170 4MOTION variant and you'll find that it manages 8.9s and 125mph. If you are one of the few Tiguan customers considering petrol power, then the choice lies between a couple of TSI units. There's a 1.4 with 160PS and optional 4MOTION drive and a 2.0-litre powerplant developing either 180 or 210PS, the latter Golf GTI engine capable of powering this unassuming little contender to sixty in just 7.8s on the way to 134mph. Standard on all the most powerful Tiguans is a full-time 4MOTION four-wheel drive system that most of the time, with fuel saving in mind, diverts only 10% of drive to the rear axle. Should the rear axle-mounted Haldex electro-hydraulic clutch detect wheelslip however, the system is capable of directing as much as 100% of torque rearwards, the proportion adjusted to suit the conditions. These mechanicals won't be tough enough to facilitate really extreme off road use, but then the 195mm of ground clearance wouldn't really allow for that anyway. But this will all be quite sufficient to get most owners a surprising distance off-tarmac. If you really want to see how far that is, then you'll need to find something very rare - a Tiguan specified in 'Escape' off road-orientated guise. The 'Escape' package was only available on the 2.0 TDI 140PS 4WD variant and from new, only 3% of Tiguan buyers specified it. Volkswagen developed a revised front end specifically for this version that improved the standard 18-degree angle of approach to 28-degrees, thereby reducing the likelihood of off roading panel damage. Escape buyers also get an 'off-road mode', supposed to improve and simplify control of the vehicle off the beaten track. Activating this function modifies the throttle and the braking to better suit off piste conditions, reduces the likelihood of stalling, offers assistance climbing up steep slopes and provides a hill descent control system to help you down them. All Tiguans can offer a rear departure angle of 28-degrees and a breakover angle of 20-degrees, but if you have to ask about that when you're out and about, then you're probably somewhere you shouldn't have ventured with this car in the first place.

Overall

It's not hard to see why the first generation Tiguan proved to be such a popular choice in its sector here in the UK. You get pretty much all the quality of premium-badged compact SUV for the price of a budget brand contender. You get pretty much all the tarmac handling ability of a Qashqai-like Crossover with virtually all the off road ability of something more capable. And it all comes with the enduring appeal of that Volkswagen badge and the enduring residual values that'll go along with it. Such has always been this car's appeal and not much changed with this revised post-2011-era version. It's not a car for driving enthusiasts or those who live halfway up Snowdon - but then such people are unlikely to be shopping in this sector anyway. What the Tiguan did offer in this improved form was enhanced running costs from a more efficient range of engines that made the transition to a car like this from an ordinary family hatch less painful than ever. There's an extra dash of polish in everything this car does that'll make you feel as good when you open the bedroom window as you will when you're at the wheel. A sensible choice then, but one you'll enjoy making.

TIGERNOMICS (family) 05/05/2010

Introduction

Does the world really need another mid-sized SUV? Certainly, when it's as good as Volkswagen's current Tiguan, thinks June Neary

Will It Suit Me?

I dread anyone asking me to recommend a mid-sized SUV to them. There are, after all, these days, so many from which to choose. I guess it depends on what you want to pay. If you simply want the best, then you need to consider the car that I've been looking at this week, the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Practicalities

I was surprised that it took Volkswagen so long to get around to doing a second generation version of its Qashqai competitor. When it arrived in 2016, there was a certain predictability to the way it looked - a bit like a jacked-up Golf SV, a bit like a scaled-down Touran. Not very pretty but you just knew it would be tough and practical. If you need seven seats, there's a lengthier 'Allspace' version too. We know that the Tiguan is based on the Golf but Volkswagen have done a typically thorough job of converting their family hatch favourite into an SUV. The cabin's classy too, fit and finish being of a noticeably high standard. Much of the switchgear and the infotainment monitor will be familiar to anyone who has tried a MK7 Golf. Borrowed from the Passat is the optional Active Info Display high-definition instrument panel. You can also specify a Head-up display that uses a small glass panel, deployed from behind the instrument binnacle at the press of button. Luggage space is 615-litres with the standard 60/40 split folding rear seats in place, or 1655-litres with the seats lowered.

Behind the Wheel

Unsurprisingly, VW has included its BlueMotion 'green' technology with all models in the current Tiguan line-up and since every engine in the range is turbocharged or supercharged and turbocharged, pulling power shouldn't be in short supply. The power units are a familiar bunch, with the 150PS 2.0 TDI diesel that I tried likely to be the best seller. It can be ordered with front wheel drive or 4MOTION 4WD - and has a DSG auto option. If you go for the pokier 190PS 2.0 TDI powerplant, you have to have 4MOTION and the DSG auto. That's also the case with the flagship bi-turbo BiTDI flagshp variant which puts out a potent 240PS. Plus there's a couple of entry-level 1.4-litre TSI petrol units, a top 2.0-litre petrol TSI and a base 115PS 2.0-litre diesel. The fifth-generation four-wheel-drive 4MOTION system provides a fast apportioning of power to all four wheels via a process that provides pre-activation of the rear clutch and improved operation of the electronic differentials. In recent times, nearly three-quarters of Tiguan buyers in the UK have shown a preference for AWD. In 4x4 form, the car has 200mm of ground clearance, 11mm more than it would have in 2WD guise. There is also an optional Off-Road package, which features a uniquely styled front bumper providing an approach angle of 25.6deg and a departure angle of 24.7deg. More importantly, all variants have a nice line in electronic trickery to help you out of sticky situations - though I didn't put that to the test.

Value For Money

The models offered are S, SE, SEL and R-Line. Many variants have 4MOTION four-wheel-drive but there are also entry-level front-wheel-drive versions. As standard, the 4x4 Tiguan has an 18 degree angle of approach, a figure that defines the size of obstruction the vehicle can drive over. If you really aren't interested in the vehicle's off-road ability but care more about the urban jungle, fear not because Volkswagen have developed a parking assist function that will automatically steer you into a parallel parking space. Most owners will go for the economical diesel models but even the petrol 1.4 TSI BlueMotion variant is remarkably frugal, returning over 47mpg on the combined cycle. Though the upfront sticker price isn't cheap, whichever variant you choose, you'll probably be better off choosing this Volkswagen than a cheaper South Korean alternative when you factor in depreciation and whole life costs. Insurance group costs are low too, with a group 13E showing for the entry-level model.

Could I Live With One?

I'd say so. There was a feeling of quality to this SUV missing from some of the others I've tried recently - but then, you'd expect nothing less than that from Volkswagen. Basically, here we have a mid-sized crossover with at least some genuine off-road ability for those that want it, plus Golf-inspired build quality and driving dynamics for people like me who don't. Add to that a highly advanced engine range along with Volkswagen badging that's certain to go down a storm in this image-conscious sector and the Tiguan's package seems to make market sense.

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