The availability of key options on steering, damping, spring rate, ride height, wheel size, tyres and, of course, the number of driven axles will inevitably make one new Tiguan behave quite differently from the next.
It’ll be a while before we’ve had a chance to piece together a complete picture on what the best all-round specification for the car may be, but if the answer to that question turns out to be as simple as ‘buy a standard one’, we won’t be at all surprised.
Here, on its middle-of-the-road, common or garden passive suspension, standard-issue steering and 18in alloy wheels, the Tiguan strikes an excellent dynamic compromise for a pragmatic family car.
It is softer-riding, more inherently stable and less incisive in its handling than some of its nearest competitors, but this is a car intended to keep your occupants safe, comfy and happy at all times and to make your job of driving them around as easy and as unwearing as it can be.
You won’t have much fun (but then you’re probably not expecting much), but if you’re happy instead to accept a comfortable car that’s easy to place and still feels smaller, lighter and better controlled on the road than the SUV’s prevailing dynamic standard, you’ll like what you find.