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Our Verdict

Volkswagen Tiguan

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

14 September 2011

What is it?

We recently drove the 138bhp, 4WD diesel variant of the new Volkswagen Tiguan in the UK for the first time and were impressed by its car-like road manners and pleasing fuel economy. This time around we’re sampling the more modestly powered 109bhp, front-drive SUV.

What's it like

Despite its reduced output, the 2.0-litre oil-burner feels more than willing – thanks in part to a weight reduction of 112kg compared with its heavier four-wheel-drive counterparts. There’s also enough torque available to cope easily with everyday traffic.

Driving briskly along B-roads, with only the front wheels doing the legwork, this Tiguan doesn’t feel as composed or confident in the corners as its all-wheel-drive relative, with the front end scrabbling for grip when pushed. At more sedate speeds, however, the car corners surprisingly smoothly and with little body roll. The Tiguan’s accomplished suspension and damping do well to iron out most lumps and bumps, too, aided by some conservative 16-inch alloys.

Should the occasion call for it, the 2WD VW can even take the odd grass verge in its stride, making it enough of an off-roader to cope with 95 per cent of slightly stickier school runs.

It looks rugged enough for the job, too. Externally there’s nothing to differentiate this model from its dearer siblings, and it’s the same story in the neatly presented cabin, bar some missing steering wheel controls and lower-spec trim.

Should I buy one?

For extra security and the legs for longer journeys, the 138bhp four-wheel-drive Tiguan strikes a better balance between usability and performance, but you can’t argue with the economics of the cheaper, more frugal version. Overall, the front-drive model is an above-average package.

Alex Kertsen

VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 110

Price: £21,730; Top speed: 109mph; 0-62mph: 11.9sec; Economy: 53.3mpg (combined); CO2: 139g/km; Kerb weight: 1543kg; Engine type, size: 4 cal, turbodiesel, 1968cc; Power: 109bhp at 2750-4200rpm; Torque: 207lb ft at 1750-2500rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd manual

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21 September 2011

Skoda Yeti SE 2.0 TDI CR 110PS 4x4 - £19,980.00 4-wheel drive and almost £2k cheaper Why on earth...?

21 September 2011

[quote Velvet Munchkin]Skoda Yeti SE 2.0 TDI CR 110PS 4x4 - £19,980.00 4-wheel drive and almost £2k cheaper Why on earth...?[/quote]

Agreed. Who would buy this Tiguan over an equivalent Yeti? In my opinion, the Skoda is a more attractive car, and the fact that it's cheaper makes this Tiguan look like another pointless VAG product.

21 September 2011

[quote Fidji]

Agreed. Who would buy this Tiguan over an equivalent Yeti?

[/quote]

I think there are plenty of 'yummy mummys' who will definitely pay the extra to get the VW badge.

21 September 2011

[quote catnip]

[quote Fidji]

Agreed. Who would buy this Tiguan over an equivalent Yeti?

[/quote]

I think there are plenty of 'yummy mummys' who will definitely pay the extra to get the VW badge.

[/quote]

Good point, but I reckon that those 'yummy mummies' will pay even more for the Audi Q3. The Tiguan seems to fill an unnecessary gap in the market.

21 September 2011

It If a Japanese or Korean car with a 2.0 diesel with only 109bhp was tested it would be remarked that it was underpowered.This VW is 'willing'.no bias at all then??!! hmm.........

21 September 2011

I have the 140bhp version of this engine in my touran. It is very economical but feels way less gutsy than the 2.0d in my old Volvo which supposedly had less power. I can't believe this is anything other than very pedestrian. Just what you want in a 22k car.

22 September 2011

Skoda Yeti Greenline 2 1.6 CR TDI 105 Elegance, the badge is a mouthfull but its less money to buy (£20,350) and it's still 4WD, has low emissions (119g/km) for the important cheap tax bill and more toys than you can shake a stick at. And it drives very nicely too. So, as has already been stated, why exactly does the Tiguan exist?

22 September 2011

[quote spoolio]So, as has already been stated, why exactly does the Tiguan exist[/quote]

Because VW like to have their finger in just about every segment.

22 September 2011

And because whether you like it or not there are still plenty of people who will pay for a VW badge and won't drive a Skoda at any price. It's just the reality of the market.

22 September 2011

[quote Fidji]

[quote Velvet Munchkin]Skoda Yeti SE 2.0 TDI CR 110PS 4x4 - £19,980.00 4-wheel drive and almost £2k cheaper Why on earth...?[/quote]

Agreed. Who would buy this Tiguan over an equivalent Yeti? In my opinion, the Skoda is a more attractive car, and the fact that it's cheaper makes this Tiguan look like another pointless VAG product.

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Every time an SUV like the Tiguan gets tested there is a good chance someone goes on about why people should bother with it when they can buy the Yeti!

Well, not everyone likes the look of the Yeti. Yes, the Skoda is a good car and better value, but aside from the badge (that get some of you people so worked up), the Tiguan is better built, better appointed, more refined and a better drive too.

The Yeti (and other Skodas for that matter) seem to have become a stick with which people get hit over the head with, if they dare prefer a different car. It's as if we live in Maoist China and should all be dirving only Skodas.

Ok, rant over.

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