Volkswagen Tiguan Overview: Practical & Versatile SUV
Volkswagen Tiguan SUV overview: engines, performance, fuel consumption, trims, equipment, cargo capacity and price.
What Is It?
The Volkswagen Tiguan is a practical and versatile sports-utility vehicle. It is slightly longer and wider than the Golf Hatchback – the manufacturer's small family class vehicle – and has 5 doors and 5 seats.
Cargo capacity is 470-litres rising to 1,510-litres with the rear seats folded flat. Such figures ensure estate-like capacity. This family workhorse is also available with a wide range of engines, 2 or 4-wheel-drive and manual or automatic transmission.
Furthermore Euro NCAP – the independent body that assesses safety – awarded it a maximum 5-star rating following a series of crash tests. These strengths complement muscular styling.
Engines And Drive Options
Tiguan engine and drive options include the 2.0-litre TDI 110PS diesel (2WD). This combination incorporates 6-speed manual transmission plus the S trim only. Maximum torque is 280Nm at 1,750rpm. This power plant also propels motorists to 62mph in 11.9 seconds and averages 56.5mpg.
Alternatives include the 2.0-litre TDI 150PS SCR diesel (2WD). Expect 6-speed manual transmission, 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds, 56.5mpg (like its less potent sibling) and 340Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. Trim options are S, and Match Edition.
The next step on the ladder is the 2.0-litre TDI 150PS SCR diesel (4WD) that can be teamed with manual transmission, or 7-speed automatic. The latter enables the motorist to either cruise in full-auto mode, or select any gear manually without a foot operated clutch. 0-62mph takes 9.8 seconds irrespective of the type of gearbox.
Average fuel consumption is 53.3mpg (manual) and 49.6mpg (auto). Trim options are: S, Match Edition, Escape and R-Line Edition.
Finally, the most powerful combination is the 2.0-litre TDI 184PS SCR diesel (4WD) that incorporates automatic transmission only. Expect 49.6mpg, 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds and 380Nm of torque at 3,250rpm. The available trims are Match Edition and R-Line Edition.
Trims And Equipment
The S trim is the most basic. Standard equipment includes: air-conditioning, electronic stability control, sliding/reclining rear seats, electronic parking brake and electric front/rear windows.
The Match Edition adds touch screen colour satellite navigation, climate control, front/rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, front fog lights, chrome side window surrounds plus chrome plated roof rails.
The Escape trim is the “true off-roader”, the manufacturer says. Extras include the underbody protection plates and hill decent that prevents it picking up too much speed on steep, off-road, slopes. It also has a revised front bumper that is less likely to strike tall hazards such as rocks.
The R-Line edition – that builds on the strengths of the Match rather than the Escape – adds leather seats, sports suspension, heated seats and the styling kit.
The Volkswagen Tiguan costs £22,975 to £29,520.