VW’s pricing places the Tiguan closer to premium competition such as the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA than it is to volume rivals such as the Ford Kuga and Mazda CX-5.

As a result, you can’t help but conclude that it’s moderately expensive – but not overpriced.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Residuals are expected to shadow the BMW X1 very closely and outperform Honda CR-V. Creditable on both fronts

The fact that it’s also very practical even by class standards and has residual values forecast to be every bit as good as those of its rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes, goes a long way to justifying the expense.

Entry-level S trim brings an 8.0in touchscreen and VW’s Composition Media sound system with DAB radio.

You also get lane assist, ‘front assist’ pedestrian detection and city emergency braking as standard.

There’s a big jump in price between mid-spec SE Navigation and upper-level SEL trim, because the latter gets adaptive LED headlights, 19in wheels, adaptive cruise control and VW’s Active Info Display TFT instruments as standard.

If you are intent on a Tiguan, go for a 2.0 TDI 150 SE Nav in 4Motion form (£29,745) and add Active Info Display (£585), LED headlights (£1350), Discover Nav Pro (£1365) and Dynamic Chassis Control (£790).

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The Tiguan proved to be more fuel efficient than expected during testing, returning better than 50mpg when touring – a result as good as any you’re likely to see from a car of this kind.

At 125g/km, CO2 emissions are unexceptional by class standards, though, and it remains to be seen if the DSG-equipped models will be more frugal than their manual transmission counterparts.

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