Sunday 17 December 2017

New Volkswagen Tiguan to cost from under €30,000 when it arrives in May

The new Volkswagen Tiguan
The new Volkswagen Tiguan

Eddie Cunningham, Berlin

THE Crossover craze continues apace with demand soaring at home and abroad.

And latest on the market is Volkswagen’s new Tiguan which is due in Ireland on May 16.

I understand quite a number of potential buyers are already waiting – it is that sort of market at the moment - but because of its May arrival this will be a 162-reg seller.

Prices will start at €29,765 with higher specced Comfortline versions from €33,765 and top Highline trim from €36,015. PCPs will start from €359 a month and Comfortline diesel will be the big seller. Standard trim is notably higher than heretofore, by the way.

The new car, based on the company’s famous MQB architecture, will have a 2-litre 148bhp diesel for this year.  It fared well on my drives, was quiet even at 4,000rpm and a big improvement in a car that has stepped up on refinement.

There will be a 115bhp (yes 115bhp) 2-litre diesel next year with plenty of other powerplants and variants in the pipeline, including a plug-in hybrid (GTE). They are planning a 7-seater version down the road too.

There are 6spd manual and 7spd DSG dual-clutch automatic gearboxes while permanent 4Motion four-wheel drive is an option too.

It’s longer and wider, which means there is a lot more cabin room for front and rear passengers (a sliding rear bench is standard and lets you juggle with seating or luggage demands).

I had loads of room both at the wheel and behind (not at the same time mind you). I found there was a lot of head room as well.
It’s a much better looking car, with strong clean lines front, back and along the side (looks count for so much in the Crossover market).

The Tiguan isn’t the first name that springs to mind when you think ‘compact Crossover’. That name-check is more likely to be the Nissan Qashqai or Ford Kuga or Hyundai Tucson etc.

Yet it clocked up more than 1,000 buyers in one of the years since the economic crash which in itself gives an idea of how demand for this genre is rising all the time.

I think the new one is a significant improvement so expect to hear a lot more about it from now on.

But it is in a truly challenging and crowded market place where so many big names vie for buyers.

They tell me they expect this new version to become “the Golf of compact SUVs”.

Now that’s what you call a mission statement.

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