Drive – Volkswagen Tiguan Diesel Review

25 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – Volkswagen Tiguan Diesel Review

Joshua Dowling

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Who’d thought a soft-roader would this much attention, let distract someone enough to crash? Yet that was the case not after I picked up the Volkswagen , the German maker’s first into Forester territory.

A driver travelling the other way was so to get a good look at VW’s new he nearly went over the instead of around it.

Then, at the I returned to find people into the car – and had to field about a vehicle I knew not about, as I hadn’t yet devoured the They then told me all it.

So why is there seemingly an iPhone-like over a car? There are a few Volkswagen is the first European to sell a compact soft-roader here.

Until now the market has been by Japanese and Koreans models.

is the first time there has something a little bit different in a of the car market Australians are especially about. In case you hadn’t them in the traffic, one in five new sold today is a recreational

Australians now buy more soft-roaders they do Holden Commodores and Falcons.

The other reason for all the to be blunt, is brand snobbery. people can’t bring to buy a Japanese car, no matter how the class leaders are. To up appearances in a compact soft-roader, options until now were to the Subaru Forester or Honda but the former is viewed by some as too and the latter as a mummy’s car.

So the VW timing is perfect. It arrives as owners of mainstream soft-roaders may be to update and it is also likely to buyers who have never considered a soft-roader.

VW was so keen to get the car into Australian as quickly as possible it grabbed the vehicles it could get its hand on the Wolfsburg factory (the is one of the few VWs actually made in Germany). is only a diesel version for now but models are due in late September.

The is likely to account for most sales, as the petrol models the most expensive premium (98 octane) and don’t have as driving range.

The diesel is with manual transmission and with auto. When the models arrive, the basic will cost $33,990 and the $42,990. Other soft-roaders in class start at about so VW is charging a premium for a smaller

And it wouldn’t be a European car unless it had a options list. For example, paint adds $790, most of the Asian makers less than half – or don’t charge at all. Some equipment is whether you need both or

If you want a rear-view camera, for it’s only available the navigation system, which between $2990 and $4780 on the model. Can you tell I’ve the brochure now?

Leather with electric adjustment for the $3990. Ouch! What are feeding the cows in the VW paddock,

Front- and rear-parking sensors are but at least they come a party trick. With option the Tiguan can parallel itself. Well, not quite. got to be in it, press a button to activate the and hit the brakes when the car is in position.

The as with the $200,000 Lexus it takes longer to park by than it does to park the car

That’s just one of many owners might corner friends and family with. are others, such as the clever hooks in the cargo bay that can be to secure cargo and also be as shopping bag hooks if you poke out.

Obsessed owners display the car to friends at night, to off the cabin illumination. Soft-glow allows you to see which cubby phone, house keys etc are in and are backlit controls on the steering and window switches. Other have similar features but the VW is the

The dashboard materials are soft to the and most controls are high, in the peripheral vision. The power switches are also well high on the door panel. All windows have auto up and can be by pressing the key fob after the car has been off.

There are massive for all four doors as well as a glovebox and centre console.

visibility is good, thanks to the driving position, and the over-shoulder are excellent thanks to the convex

But visibility when reversing is by the smallish back window and the gap when parking is a hassle rear sensors. They are a option ($612 plus

The seats are comfortable and the back is roomy. However, compared other vehicles in this the Tiguan’s cargo space is and shallow. Cleverly, the back can be moved 18cm forward to more cargo room but in case the back seat is unusable.

Perhaps Volkswagen doesn’t parents to be able to fit a decent-sized and their child.

It’s why VW didn’t make the Tiguan a bigger. Bumper to bumper the is 13cm shorter than the the smallest of the Japanese soft-roader

Another annoyance is the spacesaver tyre. Fourteen of the 16 cars in class have full-sized Most European makers little consideration to Australia’s and remoteness.

Most tyre in metropolitan Sydney struggle to the right replacement tyre and type in stock. What does a regional repairer It’s a shame because the is a good thing to drive on the road.

In diesel guise it highway driving than commuting.

First gear in the is a little too short, so you’re in it for a moment, and starting in second ideal. Thankfully the shift is precise and smooth. The auto has its ups and

The diesel’s initial delay in takes a bit to get used to and in stop-start the auto tends to hold gears longer than is

The Tiguan always feels in corners thanks to permanent The tyres are quiet and the suspension with bumps easily. colleagues say the Tiguan can get steering in tight, bumpy corners but we encounter this.

The Tiguan perfect but it is a refreshing change. of Japanese and Korean soft-roaders likely scoff at the premium for what is a smaller vehicle spacesaver spare tyre, Europhiles will warm to it moths to flame. In their at least, it has some polish been missing from category for a long time.

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