Picking the best sports car is easy; it’s the one that’s best to drive. But picking the best sports utility vehicle, in a market like the one the Volkswagen Tiguan occupies, is considerably more difficult.
After all, what are the criteria? Towing potential? Perhaps. Overall family car practicality? Undoubtedly. Off-road potential? Certainly, but to what extent?
Few small SUVs are particularly serious about going anywhere off the Queen’s highway, and on the face of it the Tiguan is little different, because it’s largely a Golf-based, 4Motion-enabled device (there are also front-drive-only versions) with an option list including such un-4x4-like features as 18-inch alloys and Sport trim.
Sport? Yes. It’s at the top of the Tiguan range and a moniker which alone suggests this is a car honed for on-road use. Indeed, early indications are that this could well be the best-handling small SUV around.
Which begs the question: has Volkswagen managed to blend a hint of SUV bad-weather confidence with decent on-road dynamics, or would you just be better off with a Golf Plus?