Volkswagen Tiguan

volkswagen-tiguan-s-motability-carThe latest Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform that underpins everything from the firm’s Golf to its Touran MPV – it’s even shared by sister brand Audi for the sporty TT. As a result, the Tiguan is longer and wider than the old version, but also lower, which makes it more practical. The boot is 520 litres but you can slide the rear seats forward to increase space to 615 litres if you need to carry more luggage. The Tiguan is comfort over thrills, as you would expect from an SUV, but it is a leap forward from the old model, the car has little body roll in corners and glides over the challenging British roads.


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Trim levels are the ‘S’, ‘SE (Nav)’, SE-L and R-Line. The S has 17-inch alloy wheels, roof-rails, a chrome grille, air-conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel, height-adjustable front seats and an infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen that has Bluetooth phone connectivity and can display text messages. The SE trim adds 18 inch alloy wheels, chrome roof rails, front fog lights, privacy glass, three zone climate control, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and compatibility to mirror and control your mobile phone through the touchscreen, SE-L has 19 inch alloy wheels, 12.3” TFT colour display screen in place of regular dials, adaptive cruise control (ACC), Discover Navigation System (DNS), panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and Front sports seats with driver’s ergoComfort seat including cushion tilt adjustment, thigh support, electric backrest adjustment and massage function. The Sporty R-Line has 20 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and R-Line sportiness with wheel arch extensions and side skirts. Leather seats are an upgrade option across the trim lines.


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Two diesel engine’s are available, both 2.0 litre in size, one with 150 bhp in either two or four wheel drive (4Motion), or a 190 bhp all wheel drive automatic only version. The 150 is the perfect pairing, reaching 62 miles per hour in an excellent 9.3 seconds and as a manual front wheel drive car with 17 inch wheels can (according to Volkswagen) return 60.1 miles per gallon. This drops to 58.9 with 18 inch wheels. The 4Motion car can return 53.3 mpg as a manual or 50.4 as a seven speed dual clutch Automatic. The Auto 190 bhp can reach 62mph in 7.9 seconds and pump out 400nm of torque compared to 340 for the 150 bhp yet still return 49.6 mpg.

Two petrol’s are available, a front wheel drive 1.4 litre with 123 bhp Manual only and a 2.0 litre 180 bhp 4 wheel drive Auto only. The 1.4 fares well for normal driving but does run out of puff when overtaking, it returns a claimed 46.3 miles per gallon, the 2.0 litre has the extra grunt but the fuel consumption dips to 38.2 miles per gallon.

As a tow vehicle the diesel Tiguan is fantastic, tow bar weight of 100kg and a braked towing capacity of 2000kg as a 2 wheel drive, 2200kg as a manual all wheel drive and a whopping 2500kg as a 4Motion Automatic.

The Tiguan is an excellent choice in the SUV sector, it offers quality of build on a par with the BMW X1 and as a complete package it is as good as anything on the Scheme. If you can bear to live without the VW badge and 13cm in length then the platform and engine sharing Seat Ateca offers an alternative but not the pricing this Quarter.

 Winter Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘SE Nav’ 2.0 litre 150 diesel manual 2wd  –  £699 Advance Payment (£64.12 wpms) or £999 (£64.80 +£197 wpms) in 4motion

 Winter Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘SE Nav’ 2.0 litre 150 diesel Automatic 2wd  –  £1199 Advance Payment (£142 wpms) or £1999 (£942 wpms) in 4motion

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