Volkswagen Tiguan: Road Test

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Volkswagen Tiguan

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Sipper or Sportster, Tiguan has bases covered

Volkswagen 155 TSI and 103TDI

Road Test

Guide (recommended price statutory and delivery charges): (103TDI DSG), $42,990 DSG)

Options fitted included in above price): paint, RNS510 satellite Adaptive Chassis Control, fog (diesel), Bi-xenon headlights Comfort Package (diesel) and upholstery (petrol)

Crash Five-star (Euro NCAP)

Diesel (103TDI), 95 RON PULP

Claimed fuel economy 6.2 (103TDI), 8.8 (155TSI)

CO2 emissions 164 (103TDI), 205 (155TSI)

Has the gloss from Volkswagen’s Tiguan the local release of its cousin the Yeti?

Perhaps. At least the prospective buyer realises the Tiguan powered by a 103kW is not much more expensive the Yeti with the same Order both with DSG and the VW will set you back just more, but with an extra in the box.

So there’s no sign the will yield ground in the market to the Yeti, no matter how the relationship between the two companies. A facelift of the Volkswagen has freshened the and the flagship petrol model has a slight performance upgrade — instead of the 147kW version previously.

Here at we recently two representative models of Tiguan the course of a fortnight. First the diesel-engined Tiguan 103TDI, with the optional DSG transmission is about $3000 less the feisty petrol-engined Tiguan that followed a week The DSG transmission in the petrol Tiguan is rather than an option.

While the Tiguan has always recommended (if you can forgive the stingy space), and manages very to straddle the line between and bush-basher, there’s always a disparity between the diesel on the one and the sprightly petrol models on the Put quite simply, that changed with the facelift. by diesel, the Tiguan can be a slogger for going offroad without a penalty at the pumps.

And if you tow or cover distances on the open road, the Tiguan 103TDI is the obvious It even makes more around town, if running are a consideration.

That would the Tiguan 155TSI (with a and turbocharged petrol four-cylinder) pointless — except for those who driving and have to make living in suburbia with a The Tiguan 155TSI is sheer to punt around, whether on the or on dirt.

But it’s not all peaches and While the top-spec Tiguan is a car to drive — in contrast with compact SUVs — the dual-clutch can be slow to unleash the available from launch. In the Tiguan the transmission was smoother and faster some DSG boxes in earlier but there was that slight in the Tiguan making a break for it at the lights.

Once on the move, the VW is more consistent in the way it delivers its although the petrol engine can ‘sudden’ after driving the model the week earlier. on light throttle openings the car like it’s on a hair which is not a bad thing for the right of driver.

The petrol powerplant is a charismatic offering plenty of performance and a flat torque curve makes the most of the close in the transmission. It’s willing to rev and kicks down promptly, or without manual gear by the driver. On that point, and the petrol Tiguan’s sporty — where are the shift paddles?

As the petrol Tiguan, the diesel can be caught out at traffic lights, due to a of turbo lag and the auto-stop system. the jump on other cars some careful timing by the The auto-stop system can be disabled of course, and if the driver keeps barely enough pedal on the brakes to hold the car at standstill the will keep idling.

the engine can be slow off the mark, the turbo has finished spooling up it plenty of performance, almost too at times. Turning from a road into a busy can leave the Tiguan’s traction befuddled — even in the dry. The feels a little less in a straight line than the petrol model we also had an to drive briefly, but it remains enough around town.

the petrol Tiguan’s, the diesel’s DSG operated smoothly and was quite to change once the car was on the move, it also held higher at lower revs when or coasting — to conserve fuel. It was to note that even to about 1200rpm the engine laboured and there was practically of the typical diesel vibration encountered in other vehicles at 1500rpm.

Fuel consumption for the petrol varied over the course of the with the trip computer numbers below 9.0L/100km in driving. That was basically holidays, with light encountered on arterial roads. occasions the trip computer fuel use ranging between 10 and with constant running at speeds resulting in figures at or 10.0L/100km.

Those numbers frequently achieved with two and two children on board, plus for a couple of days away and air cranked up high for Melbourne’s heatwave over the New Year

Limited to just 40-minute through Melbourne’s eastern the trip computer for the diesel typically displayed average consumption figures ranging below 8.0L/100km up to around by the end of the trip — depending on the traffic

NVH levels experienced in the cabin low at cruising speeds in both In fact, neither engine be heard on the open road, road noise is slightly than the prevailing wind

Dual-zone climate control in the 155TSI provided a welcome during days of temperatures up to 40 Interior comfort met with the of those who rode in the car. The front seats were better than the majority of we’ve sampled in the compact SUV

In combination with the car’s dampers set to ‘Comfort’ the seats proper support and insulation the bump and grind of country but when the dampers were to ‘Sport’ and the car driven accordingly, the would also hold the in place like a limpet. the Tiguan 155TSI provided all of feedback through the seat driven harder, none of feedback was about the seat It was all about the car’s handling, and grip.

On the subject of dynamics, the 155TSI is more fun than informed people would possible of any compact SUV. into a bend the Tiguan unsettle the driver. There’s initial push that is offset by oversteer tendencies if the leaves the braking late or off the throttle mid-corner.

Yet the Tiguan feels like a handful. If it encourages the driver to explore its — again, in a manner very that of most SUVs. The is communicative and properly weighted, and is where the Tiguan’s mix of Golf traits and mini-X5 design shine through. There’s of the body roll or ploughing one anticipate in any sort of high-riding

Tiguan might be more at on rally roads than bush tracks, but it provides an sporty drive on bitumen.

Tiguan variants are ahead of the for passive dynamics, but the comfort and suspension settings available the (optional) Adaptive Chassis fitted to both vehicles a further, subtle advantage in driving environments. Improved quality when set to Comfort throw out all the handling and roadholding the bathwater.

Nor will either car’s rupture internal organs typical Aussie country when the button in the lower fascia is toggled to ‘S’.

a few observations that aren’t to any variant of Tiguan, but rather the as a whole. The facelift is, we believe, an on the looks of the previous model. may argue that it’s quirky, more corporate before, but for some owners will be a point in the new car’s

Although the interior is kitted out the standard mix of Volkswagen displays and Tiguan also features a combination of soft fabrics, padding and decorative trim to the user from the homogeneity of the It’s also comfortable and inside, with plenty of in the rear for adults, and legroom to Seating is comfortable and supportive, the driver’s position readily to suit a wide range of

Access is a real pleasure, to the appropriate H-point for all sizes. won’t have to struggle in and nor will adults need to themselves out.

One of the bugbears of the has been the lack of luggage That’s not improved to any degree the introduction of the facelifted model, but the 60 per cent section of the split-folding seat allowed us to throw in a 16-inch bike from without disassembling it — and still room for three occupants.

On another occasion the Tiguan was upon to shift two trestle with both sections of the seat folded flat — and that without difficulty. A tug on the chord to tip each side and you have an enlarged loading that’s almost flat and to use. In other words, people will find the boot space adequate for needs.

The split-folding seat be improved with remote in the luggage compartment, as some and Korean cars now offer.

the (optional bi-xenon) headlights of the 155 TSI a diffuse spread of light and a beam at night on country As part of the optional feature, the Tiguan’s dynamic cornering were worthwhile, as were the cornering lights for suburban corners. Just for dispelling the airline industry calls of situational awareness’, the Tiguan is to be praised.

Out of the two cars tested, the mind — the one also pandering to a wanting a car that’s really to drive — sides with the model. But if purchasing budget, the and whatever passes for peer-group in your neck of the woods for nothing, get the 155 TSI. It’s the red for those who don’t wish it to be among even their family members that having a mid-life crisis.

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