Volkswagen Tiguan | Auto Express

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THE Tiguan is a classy to the compact SUV class. Its small frugal engines and five-star NCAP rating make it a alternative to a mainstream hatch. powerful petrol and diesel are also in the pipeline, which boost its appeal even

However, hi-tech features as Park Assist and touchscreen push up the price, and with the diesel starting at £20,500, it can to look expensive.

Car makers are over themselves to build off-roaders, but Volkswagen is ahead of the

The Tiguan is the firm’s first-ever SUV, and it has stolen a march on rivals such as the Ford and Renault Koleos, as it’s on now. But is it worth a trip to local VW showroom?

Well, of thought has gone into the styling. Its compact exterior will appeal to hatchback and there’s nothing intimidating its neat headlamps and squared-off

Protective mouldings are fitted to the and door bottoms, and all models, this entry-level S version, with smart alloy Climb aboard, and the cabin is what we’ve come to from VW, with high-grade and solid build quality. pairs of stylish circular air punctuate the dashboard, and the driving is commanding and comfortable, with of adjustment from both the and steering wheel.

Space on the centre console is up by a Passat-style electronic parking It’s less intuitive to use a conventional handbrake, but it has a useful function to help when away on steep inclines.

its compact exterior dimensions – the is 33cm shorter than a – there’s plenty of space and a 395-litre boot. The split-folding seats also slide to luggage space or legroom. them completely flat, and 1,510 litres of luggage

Go for SE trim and you’ll get front bigger alloys, plus roof rails and window Inside, the upgrade adds an six-disc CD changer and practical such as rear picnic but you pay £1,300 for the privilege.

Our test car was with VW’s new touchscreen system. The package includes a view camera to help reversing, a CD changer in the front music hard drive and an MP3 connection. It’s easy to use and great, but at £2,080, it’s

Other hi-tech extras Parking Assist, which steers the car into a space, and a sunroof – but they cost and £450 respectively. If you plan to your Tiguan off-road, Escape trim, which a revised front bumper an improved approach angle and descent control.

Two engine are available at launch, but the line-up expand later this For now buyers can choose between the turbo and supercharged 148bhp TSI petrol or a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI The oil-burner will take the of sales, thanks to punchy and fuel economy of up to 39.2mpg.

The impressive returns are partly due to the 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system, only engages the rear when needed. It provides ability in the rough, but few owners are to leave the tarmac.

On the road, the is agile, composed and refined, precise steering. Performance is with the 0-62mph sprint 10.5 seconds, but CO2 emissions of put the diesel in road tax Band F. to its tall body there’s roll in the bends and dive braking, but it’s well and doesn’t spoil the comfortable Later this year, two powerful 2.0-litre TSI petrol and a 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel join the range.

By then the Tiguan will even more competition, but VW has set a benchmark for new arrivals in the competitive SUV class.

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