Volkswagen Tiguan

volkswagen-tiguan-s-motability-car The Volkswagen Tiguan has taken it’s time to make onto the Motability Scheme as it was released for retail sales in April 2016 and has crept on in low trim levels for Q1 2017. The 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. For a more sporty drive take a look at the Ford Kuga.


Volkswagen tiguan Motability car boot

Two trim levels are avaialble to Motability customers, the ‘S’ and ‘SE’.  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.



Volkswagen tiguan Motability car dash

Two engine’s are available, the 2.0 litre diesel with 150 bhp in either two or four wheel drive (4Motion), all cars can reach 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. As a tow vehicle the 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 1.4 litre petrol with 148bhp is manual only to mobility customers but priced at £799 AP in front wheel drive and economy a claimed 49.6 it’s a competitive package.

The Tiguan is an excellent choice in the SUV sector, it offers quality of build on a par with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 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 a big saving financially.

 Autumn Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘S’ 2.0 litre 150 diesel manual  –  £1399 Advance Payment (£346 wpms) or £1899 (£846 wpms)in SE trim

 Autumn Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘S’ 1.4 litre 148 petrol manual  –  £799 Advance Payment (£64.62 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘S’ 2.0 litre 150 diesel manual 4Motion –  £1899 Advance Payment (£846 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘S’ 2.0 litre 150 diesel Automatic 4Motion –  £2649 Advance Payment (£1596 wpms)