If like most customers you buy a Tiguan with a 2-litre, 138bhp engine, you’ll own a car capable of returning 53.3mpg on the combined cycle unless it has four wheel drive, which thanks to the extra 109kg of weight and frictional losses of the extended drive system drops the figure to 48.7mpg.
Now consider that if you bought a 2-litre diesel Golf you’d get 10 extra horsepower and 68.9mpg – over 20mpg better than the all-wheel drive Tiguan. Such is the price you pay for buying a high and heavy car based on yesterday’s technology. In the class it is competitive with its best-selling rivals, but no more.
That said, the Tiguan boasts fairly copper-bottomed residual values so long as you choose your engine and trim level carefully (think mid spec diesel) and we have no reason to think that it wouldn’t provide years and even decades of trouble free running almost regardless of how it was treated.