Volkswagen Tiguan ticks all the right boxes
It may have taken a while to get here but the new Tiguan was well worth the wait
The week before Christmas in both our houses was almost unbearable.
The kids were up to high doh and bristling with excitement at what Santa might bring and the wives were severely stressed out over late-night shopping (apparently it should be all-night shopping).
But both of us were literally counting the sleeps until the day the big man would arrive.
We had been really, really good all year and above all, patient.
So when everybody was scrambling for last minute presents we were looking forward to driving the all-new VW Tiguan. And boy, was it worth the wait.
Now in its second generation, the mid-sized SUV is lighter, longer and wider than its predecessor and a hell of a lot better looking.
Built on the MBQ platform (same as the Golf /Audi A3/Q2) the latest offering offers plenty of room for a growing family (520 litres of boot space) and a superior build quality.
The cabin is unrivalled in its class and the digital clocks that dominate the cockpit are truly spectacular and even the bevelled caseless rear view mirror is a work of art.
Little touches like spring-up table tops in the rear for the kids (see pictures above) are really cool as is the 12.3 inch Active Info Display which is home to the infotainment system with Apple CarPlay.
Available in three trims — Trendline, Comfortline and Highline — standard kit includes 17” Montana alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth and a raft of safety features including ESC, Lane Assist, ISOFIX points for two child seats and the front assist including city automatic emergency braking.
Comfortline adds a multi-function leather steering wheel, more storage compartments, silver roof rails, tinted rear windows, cornering lights, ParkPilot, adaptive cruise control and “Climatronic” 3-zone climate control.
Engine-wise you can choose either a 1.4-TSI petrol with 125bhp or four 2.0-litre diesel engines with 115bhp, 150, 190 or 240bhp.
Our test car was the really swish R-Line spec with the awesome seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
There’s masses of power and torque and the oil burner is remarkably refined. Steering is light, if a little numb, but the suspension rides out all bumps on secondary roads effortlessly and she proved a comfort Godsend on longer motorway jaunts.
Granted, the Tiguan is not the most exciting drive out there, but then again neither is any of its rivals, but what it lacks in excitement it more than makes up for in practicality and space.
Comfort, build quality and the radical new look are the big guns in VW’s arsenal in the slugfest that will be the this year’s SUV battle and the Korean twins are top of the hit list.
The Tuscon is in for a more than few sleepless nights in 171. Prices for the new Tiguan start from €29,085.