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Composed, comfortable and well packaged, but lacks the spark that this clinical SUV needs

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Tiguan
The Tiguan is based on the Golf platform

Does the Volkswagen Tiguan blend a hint of SUV bad-weather confidence with decent on-road dynamics?

3 June 2011

What is it?

Is the New Volkswagen Tiguan a better car than the outgoing model that it replaces? Yes, it is. But does it now come with the all-important sparkle that the old car lacked? No. And that’s a shame. Be in no doubt, however, that this is a competent, spacious and comfortable car that looks the business. But it’s not one that will make you feel special.

What’s it like?

This facelift brings a redesigned grille, revised rear lights and some new engines, including the 158bhp 1.4 TSI twincharger, a 2.0 TSI with 178bhp and the range-topping 207bhp variant of the same unit. There’s a new 109bhp diesel, too.

VW estimates that 90 per cent of Tiguan sales will go to the oil-burners – particularly the 2.0-litre with 138bhp – but it’s the more powerful 168bhp version with a six-speed manual gearbox that we opted to use for the 300-mile route from Munich to Austria’s Wörthersee via mountain roads, fast autobahn and more moderate traffic.

Gone is the gruff engine note, muted by better soundproofing that contributes to the 85kg that VW has added to the Tiguan’s weight. It now tips the scales at a hefty 1695kg.

Taller gearing, aimed at reducing CO2, means the Tiguan is best suited to long motorway hauls. On twisty roads you’ll find yourself making more use than you might expect of the manual ’box in order to get the most out of the SUV’s 258lb ft of torque, but at least it’s a slick-shifting unit. The light steering, meanwhile, is precise and the ride remains composed, ironing out bumps with ease.

Should I buy one?

Overall, the Tiguan is a likeable mid-size SUV, but it’s not something a driving enthusiast would choose to ferry their family around.

Alex Kertsen

Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 170 

Price: £26,200 (est); Top speed: 125mph; 0-62mph: 8.9sec; Economy: 47.1mpg (combined); CO2: 158g/km; Kerb weight: 1695kg; Engine: 4 cyls, 1968cc, turbodiesel; Power: 168bhp at 4200rpm; Torque: 258lb ft at 1750-2500rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd manual

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9 June 2011

[quote Autocar]Gone is the gruff engine note, muted by better soundproofing that contributes to the 85kg that VW has added to the Tiguan’s weight. It now tips the scales at a hefty 1695kg....[/quote] Curious that VW reduced the kerb weight of the latest Touareg, but have done the reverse with the Tiguan!

As for Autocar's view that Tiguan is not a spirited drive, I've read elsewhere that it's one of the better ones in its class in that regard. Go figure.

9 June 2011

For me this car (like it's predecesor) looks smart enough, it's just the rest of the package that doesn't inspire me.

Because of that, if I were going to buy something like this then I would save several thousands and go for a Hyundai IX35. Okay, may be not as classy but it's not that far behind.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

9 June 2011

[quote TegTypeR]For me this car (like it's predecesor) looks smart enough, it's just the rest of the package that doesn't inspire me.[/quote]

i completely agree Teg. My dad and i looked at one for him and it made the final shortlist of 2 with the x trail. Although the VW was finished to a higher standard inside, the cabin was very cramped. In fact it seemed like a reverse tardis!

9 June 2011

I just wish they'd actually start making the bloomin things! There's been massive demand and dealers havent been able to supply the old one for the majority of this year do far.

jer

9 June 2011

Adding 4wd and a tall body to a Golf chassis adds a lot weight. 1685kg that's 350kgs more than a Focus and only 90kgs less than the measured tested weight of an XF 3.0d premium luxury. (Source crash tests at Euro ncap).

9 June 2011

[quote Overdrive]Curious that VW reduced the kerb weight of the latest Touareg, but have done the reverse with the Tiguan![/quote]

I think there's less chance to do radical things like a sizeable weight-saving programme during the mid-cycle facelift than there is at the end of the model cycle, like the Touareg was. Easier to mask the problem and try to solve the weight issue in three years time.

I do like the Tiguan, though, we nearly got one last year. However, as others have said, the cabin is cramped - more Kuga than CR-V. Leasing rates were also higher than the CR-V we ended going with and spec levels not as good.


10 June 2011

iI prefer the Kia Sportage to the Tiguan as it looks more interesting too and from what the road testers say its very competitive in every way including price

10 June 2011

I like the Tiguan, but I can't stand the interior. It's bland, bulbous and those air vents looks silly.

12 June 2011

[quote jer]

Adding 4wd and a tall body to a Golf chassis adds a lot weight. 1685kg that's 350kgs more than a Focus and only 90kgs less than the measured tested weight of an XF 3.0d premium luxury. (Source crash tests at Euro ncap).

[/quote]

They have added 85kg to make it weigh 1695kg so by my reckoning the previous version weighed 1610kg, so considering the size of the thing its not that bad really especially when the BMW 1M weighs in at 1570kgs ie only 40kg lighter that the first one and only 125kg lighter than the new "hefty" one - or is the super BMW actually a bit lardy..;)

13 June 2011

[quote Citytiger] ...so considering the size of the thing its not that bad really especially when the BMW 1M weighs in at 1570kgs ie only 40kg lighter that the first one and only 125kg lighter than the new "hefty" one - or is the super BMW actually a bit lardy..;)

[/quote] How many times do you reckon you've gone on about the weight of the BMW 1M, inc when the article isn't about that car?

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