Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 BlueMotion TDI review (2011 onwards) – Car Reviews – MSN Cars UK

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Volkswagen Tiguan

2.0 BlueMotion TDI (2011 onwards)

Model: Tiguan SE BlueMotion Technology TDI 140 £25,645

Bodystyle: Five-door SUV

Engine: 2.0-litre TDI turbodiesel, @ 4,200rpm, 236lb ft @ 1,750-2,500rpm

six-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel drive

The Volkswagen is the closest thing to a VW crossover you can buy. Technically a compact it nonetheless aims to deliver a experience that is as car-like as while also offering the visibility and sense of security comes with a taller, vehicle.

To this end it is potentially the ideal family car for the present – since it blends so currently desirable attributes. combination of easy driving a higher perspective sets a that’s only enhanced by the Volkswagen image and the quality of that comes with it.

Add to a selection of some of the best and turbo petrol engines right now and you’ve got quite the In fact, it’s such a. proposition we actually found the thing rather boring we drove this revised during its international launch.

But how does the Tiguan fare home in the UK?


Where it fit?

This particular is the ideal real world for anyone who isn’t planning to do more challenging than the occasional pavement or cross a damp field: the 2.0-litre TDI 140 BlueMotion Technology and 4Motion drive.

That 140 represents the making this the mid-spec version; BlueMotion Technology it has start-stop and other eco goodies as while the four-wheel drive reassurance when the weather inhospitable.

Rivals range the inevitable Nissan Qashqai even more car-like – through the smart-driving Kuga and the engorged Honda to the more premium Audi Q3. BMW X1 and Rover Evoque. though you also consider the Hyundai and the Volvo XC60. Or maybe a hatchback.

Is it for you?

Volkswagen continues to off its most remarkable trick the ability to appeal to all kinds of the image is strong enough to be without ever coming as pompous enough to provoke You could take one of these and no one will judge.

Strong to be aspirational without appearing

This creates a kind of anonymity, however, so you probably going to pick a Tiguan if you to stand out. That this revised version, the latest VW family vogue for lines and sharper definition, looks less amorphous its predecessor – in our opinion.

the almost ephemeral appeal Volkswagen projects is far from where the Tiguan is concerned. it is unlikely ever to really get heart racing, it has enough of a feel-good factor that it becomes a very satisfying to spend time with.

does it do well?

As you can probably tell, the Tiguan has us far more in the UK than it did on the international Poor weather and some climbs on the test route gaps in the power delivery you’ll never notice in driving.

In fact, hacking the roads of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, the all-wheel-drive Tiguan comes as incredibly well rounded.

image, the way the cabin feels so the performance, the space – actually pretty hard to

The standard suspension (as opposed to the optional Adaptive Chassis delivers predictable body and well-judged steering, giving the VW a SUV feel yet enough feedback you can hustle it along at quite a It’s no sports car, but it well. Great engine, traction.


What it do well?

What you can’t do the standard suspension is make the softer. Which generally isn’t an issue – but you’ll hit a more ragged of tarmac, and if you’re travelling at this can cause an unsettled or two.

Take this as a sign you’re approaching the limit and the occasional reminder is no bad thing in a SUV. It’s testament to how good the Tiguan really is you’re not often dynamically about this or its raised height.

Beyond that, argue that the interior is on side – it’s of the ‘inoffensive’ school, if not quite the – while the ergonomics us struggling to find an entirely driving position. We’ll the electronic handbrake as a necessary these days.

What is it to live with?

As the above living with the Tiguan is a pleasure. Passengers are unlikely to their noses up when climb onboard, and there’s of space front and rear. It unlikely you’ll spend time worrying whether made the right choice.

A consideration is the relatively high lip

little seems to faze car. With such a engine and a chassis that unflinchingly grippy it comes as an excellent all-weather warrior. anonymity in its character becomes like quiet confidence swiftly – it’s as if it it has nothing to prove.

It also has all the VW safety kit either already or available, giving you the distinct it wants to look after This includes Driver as standard, making sure still awake, but we’re not so on the optional Lane Keep as this does funny to the steering.

One minor gripe may be a consideration is the relatively high lip to the Those looking for a more orientated vehicle, meanwhile, can spec a Tiguan Escape which features different for more versatile green

How green is it?

That BlueMotion badge means the Tiguan its best; the start-stop system as flawlessly as you’d expect, and VW has as many other systems as to save fuel without the ownership experience.

The biggest compromise would be to do the four-wheel drive

So, the Tiguan a decent level of refinement, for But the biggest green compromise you can is to do without the four-wheel-drive system.

it, CO2 emissions increase from to 150g/km, while claimed economy is reduced from to 48.7mpg (you can expect to see 30s or perhaps early 40s from the in real life). 0-62mph identical at 10.2 seconds; top speed drops from to 116mph.

Would we buy it?

Be in no doubt, the Volkswagen Tiguan is a very all-round contender that suit a lot of people. There are more interesting and more choices out there, but the VW ticks so boxes it’s extremely to dismiss.

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