What is it?
Volkswagen has fitted the Tiguan with the higher-powered version of its familiar 2.0-litre common-rail TDI diesel motor.
The vital stats are promising enough, with 168bhp and 258lb of torque - 30bhp and 28lb ft more go than the existing TDI 140.
Happily, the more powerful engine offers near-identical 40mpg fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
What’s it like?
The hotter engine’s extra horsepower adds a useful surge of urgency between 40- and 70mph, which the TDI 140 lacks.
This Tiguan can achieve 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds but, at urban speeds, the engine’s relatively narrow powerband means that you’re still aware of a surprising slothfulness when trying to press on amongst stop-start traffic.
The steering is fine too (there’s a button to lighten the weight of the wheel for parking) and the Tiguan’s composed handling is one of its strongest assets.
We also like the spacious cabin, which is cosseting and inviting compared with class rivals, while appearing well made and cleverly thought-out.