Volkswagen TIGUAN

SUV’s are very popular and Volkswagen’s Tiguan SUV, version two, is positioned as a showcase of VW’s intentions to rebuild and restore the company’s standing and reputation post diesel gate, and get on with the business of keeping the company where it should be in the future of the auto world. This debut is a very important one for VW.

Volkswagen Tiguan

This new Tiguan delivers strong road presence with compact but larger than previous dimensions, with elegant looks that draw attention whether sitting at lights or on the move. During our media drive people did not just look they stared!

For a mid-sized SUV the second generation Tiguan has hatch-like frugality, the 2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine achieving 7.4-litres/100km, and class-leading advanced safety features such as front and lane assist are standard. Volkswagen Australia MD Michael Bartsch expects the 2.0-litre 132TSI Comfortline to be the most popular choice.

Externally the Tiguan is truly likeable, stylish headlights featuring LED daytime running lights and wider more imposing two-bar grille, with sleeker front bumper, all do their part to give the SUV a more dynamic and purposeful look.

The interior is similar to the Golf, and that's good because the Golf's is amongst best for price. Tiguan then adds its own refinement. The cabin has classy design and feel, with a level of fit you find only from the best.

The dash is simple and nicely lay out, lined with soft touch rubber, leather and solid plastics. Cabin trim feels substantial and secured, giving the feeling of staying that way without deterioration.

Dials and switches on the centre console are all within easy reach, displays are clear and friendly to the eye, the steering wheel is perfectly-sized with useful controls placed on it. Handy storage spaces abound, with significant space on the central area, thanks to the electronic park brake.

The Tiguan’s cabin remains an enjoyable place to be. Opening the rear door the first thing you notice is the spacious and comfortable seating, accommodating three rear passengers without hitch, five seats overall, and providing more than adequate head and legroom. A seven seater is expected to arrive in future.

The new Tiguan now has a very comprehensive standard package of innovative safety technologies and assistance systems, including seven airbags, pop-up bonnet, front assist, city emergency brake, driver fatigue detection, lane-departure warning, multi-collision brake, reversing camera and sensors, and more. The other variants add increasing levels of features, and then there are three sets of options packages available.

The entry level 1.4L TSI Trendline has 6 speeds manual or DSG double clutch auto transmission, then the 1.4L TSI Comfortline has 6 speed autos only. Both front wheel drive only. All other models have all wheel drive and 7 speed DSG double clutch autos. All models have speed and direction sensitive, electrically assisted power steering, and engine start/stop when stationary.

The all-wheel drive system switches the power ratio intelligently between front and rear wheels as needed for best drive and grip under prevailing conditions, but propels front wheels only under low load.

Under the 132TSI Comfortline model's bonnet nestles a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo petrol power plant, mated to a 7-speed twin-clutch DSG box, whipping out 132kW at 3,900-6,000rpm of power and 320Nm at 1,500-3,940rpm of torque. Despite 1.6 tonnes kerb weight it still manages a century sprint of 7.7 seconds.

On the highway, as with most SUV's, understeer does kick in earlier than expected, but thankfully the steering corresponds well to keep me updated, and we found that this car is very agile and well handling. Suspension and body control are good, smooth over bumps, sharp handling and precise, predictable and brakes work well, but if trouble arrives, active and passive devices like front assist with emergency braking and ABS are there to help.

Looking for a medium-sized SUV with practical boot space and capacity for a small family and then some, the second generation Tiguan looks very appealing, and bodes well for a resurgent Volkswagen.

  • Trendline 110TSI
    6 Speed Manual $31,990,
    6 speed DSG Auto $34,490
  • Comfortline
    110TSI 6 Speed DSG $36,990,
    132TSI 7 Speed DSG $41,490,
    110TDI 7 Speed DSG $42,990
  • Highline
     162TSI 7 Speed DSG $48,490, 
    140TDI 7 Speed $49,990

Options Metallic / Pearl Effect Paint $700

  • Dimensions mm: L 4486 W 1839, H 1648 and WB 2,681, turning: 11.5metre
  • Spare: spacesaver
  • Fuel: Diesel or Premium Unleaded 95RON
  • Warranty: 3 years/unlimited