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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VW are giving the Tiguan a mid life pep by changing the trim lines, the SE Nav becomes the Match and the R-Line the R-Line Tech. Trim levels are now ‘S’, ‘Match’, ‘SE-L’ and R-Line Tech. 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 Match trim adds 19 inch alloy wheels, Climate Control – 3Zone, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Front Assist, and City Emergency braking, High Beam Assist, front and rear parking sensors and rear camera and leather trimmed steering wheel. SE-L has a 12.3” TFT colour display screen in place of regular dials, panoramic sunroof and heated front seats . The Sporty R-Line tech has 20 inch alloy wheels 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.

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Summer Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘Match’ 2.0 litre 150 diesel manual 2wd  –  £849 Advance Payment (£67.85 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘Match’ 2.0 litre 150 diesel Automatic 2wd  –  £1049 Advance Payment (£68.35 + £124 wpms)

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