As there seems to be in quite a lot of products emanating from Germany these days, there’s quite a bit of Golf underneath the Tiguan.

But the platform from which it’s derived isn’t the fancy new lightweight hybrid steel and aluminium chassis featured on the seventh generation of Golf, but the undeniably effective but rather more prosaic underpinnings of the fifth and sixth.

Steve Sutcliffe

The Tiguan is an upright 4x4 with little to demonstrate its dynamism

Suspension for all models is covered by McPherson struts at the front though at the rear there is either the multi-link arrangement from the Golf or, for all-wheel drive versions, the four-link rear suspension from the Passat 4Motion.

Those opting for all wheel drive will be buying a Haldex system that unlike many today that are effectively front drivers with four-wheel drive on demand, always directs a minimum of 10 percent of the torque to the rear wheels.

Naturally this provides a traction advantage in poor conditions, because there’s already some drive to the rear the moment it’s needed, but there will be small and commensurate fuel consumption penalty too.


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