Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan has received its midlife update with a sharper looking front bumper, LED lights front and rear and the Tiguan name is now under the badge in the centre of the tail lift, internally the changes in the trim line you choose. The Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform that underpins everything from the Golf to the Touran MPV – it’s even shared by sister brand Audi for the sporty TT. 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 the car has little body roll in corners and glides over the challenging British roads.

 

The Trim lines for 2020 are Tiguan, Life, Elegance and R-Line, the entry level ‘Tiguan’ has 17 inch alloy wheels, the aforementioned LED headlights, an 8 inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. The Life, and best selling, trim adds 18 inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, three-zone climate control, lumbar adjustment for the front seats, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. The Elegance has 19 inch alloys, Matrix LED headlights, exterior chrome trim and silver roof rails, 30-colour ambient lighting, heated front seats, light-up door sills, panoramic glass roof and a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display instead of analogue dials. The Sporty R-line has the same equipment as the Elegance but adds 20 inch alloy wheels, lowered suspension, automatic LED headlights but looses the Panoramic glass roof, now a £950 extra.

 

Two engines are available, a 1.5 litre petrol and a 2.0 litre Diesel. The petrol comes in two power outputs, 128 and 148 bhp both have a cylinder shutoff system where up to two cylinders can be closed to save fuel, it’s a system that works well and does not affect performance. The 148bhp  version is our preference but it still it lacks the mid range torque that one associates with driving an SUV but if you keep the revs in the sweet range good progress can be made. This engine is not as economical as the diesel and if you ‘push it’ the needle will drop quickly, quoted Economy is 40.4 mpg for the manual and 38.7 from the seven speed twin clutch DSG gearbox. The 148bhp diesel would be our choice, if the funds stretch, available in either two or four wheel drive (4Motion) but only as a 7 speed DSG automatic gearbox. It is punchy and can reach 62 miles per hour in under 10 seconds. Economy is a claimed 48.7 miles per gallon as a front wheel drive car and drops two 43.9 mpg with 20 inch wheels in 4 motion drive. 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 and a whopping 2200kg as a 4Motion Automatic. Volkswagen Tiguan literature here

Petrol Manual Tiguan:

Autumn Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘Tiguan’ 1.5 litre 128bhp petrol manual  –  £849 Advance Payment (£68.58 wpms) or £899 (£68.90 wpms) in ‘Life’ trim

Autumn Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘Life’ 1.5 litre 148bhp petrol manual  –  £949 Advance Payment (£68.90 +£51 wpms)

Petrol Automatic Tiguan:

Autumn Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘Life’ 1.5 litre 148bhp petrol Automatic  –  £1249 Advance Payment (£140 wpms) or £1949 (£840 wpms) in ‘Elegence’ trim or £2449 (£1340 wpms) in ‘R-Line’ Trim

Diesel Automatic Tiguan front wheel drive 

Autumn Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘Life’ 2.0 litre 148bhp Diesel Automatic 2WD  –  £2599 Advance Payment (£1490 wpms) or £3449 (£2340 wpms) in ‘Elegence’ trim or £3499 (£2390 wpms) in ‘R-Line’ Trim

Diesel Automatic Tiguan all wheel drive

Autumn Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘R-Line’ 2.0 litre 148bhp Diesel Automatic 4motion  –  £3649 Advance Payment (£2540 wpms) or £3699 (£2590 wpms) in ‘Elegence’ trim