VW Tigs all the boxes

Tiguan is the quiet achiever in small SUVs, writes Gra­ham Smith

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Used Cars -

VW HAS come a long way from the one-car com­pany that pro­duced Bee­tles by the mil­lions. It’s now a vast multi-brand con­glom­er­ate pro­duc­ing a wide range of mod­els com­pet­ing in all seg­ments of the mar­ket.

The Tiguan was the first model the com­pany pro­duced for the com­pact SUV mar­ket, one of the fastest­grow­ing seg­ments over the past few years.

Like ev­ery­thing the com­pany does, the Ger­man-built Tiguan was an un­der­stated, qual­ity prod­uct that was aimed at be­ing the best in the class.

Model watch

THERE is no dis­put­ing that the SUV seg­ment has been the boom seg­ment in the mar­ket in re­cent years, and within that it’s the medium-sized, more com­pact mod­els that have done the real busi­ness. That’s where the Tiguan en­tered the fray.

While it was VWs first ven­ture into the com­pact SUV mar­ket, it was an un­der­stated en­try. There were no bells and whis­tles, march­ing bands or hoopla to an­nounce it.

It sim­ply slipped into the mar­ket with lit­tle fuss and looked like it had been there for­ever.

It was typ­i­cal of the seg­ment with a sim­ple, boxy shape that shouted ‘‘prac­ti­cal­ity’’.

The Tiguan’s high-rid­ing stance made is easy to get in and out of the cabin, and once in­side it was ob­vi­ous the VW de­sign­ers had made good use of the avail­able space. Space in the rear is gen­er­ous for two, but a bit of a squeeze for three.

The rear seat can be ad­justed fore and aft, and they also re­cline, so pas­sen­gers have a good amount of room to find a com­fort­able po­si­tion that suits them.

Out back of the rear seat the lug- gage space is down on most of the Tiguan’s ri­vals, but when the rear seat is not be­ing used it can be folded flat to make a use­ful space for car­ry­ing larger items.

VW of­fered a choice of one diesel en­gine or two petrol en­gines.

The com­mon rail diesel was a 2.0-litre dou­ble over­head camshaft four-cylin­der en­gine with tur­bocharg­ing that put out 103 kW at 4200 revs and 320 Nm from 1750 to 2500 revs.

The TSi petrol en­gines were also 2.0-litre four-cylin­der tur­bocharged dou­ble over­head camshaft units, one put out 147 kW at 1500 revs and 280 Nm at 1700-5000 revs, the other 125 kW at 4300 revs and 280 Nm at 1700-4200 revs.

With the diesel and the lesser petrolengines there was a choice of a sixspeed man­ual gear­box or a six-speed auto, but when the more pow­er­ful petrol en­gine was cho­sen the only op­tion was the six-speed auto.

Build qual­ity: VW­did it right when it de­cided to en­ter the boom­ing com­pact SUV mar­ket.

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