Two will do forvwtiguan
VOLKSWAGEN Australia have thrown a two-wheel drive wagon into the Tiguan mix.
The all-paw Tiguan has been one of Volkswagen’s bread-and-butter products since its introduction here in 2008. Now the wagon range has been refreshed with some style tweaks, extra fuel-saving technology for some models plus a front-drive version with the 1.4-litre 118TSi engine and six-speed manual (for now) from a keen $28,490. Value: The front-drive Tiguan is the big news here, giving VW a starter under $30,000 for the sixspeed manual; the auto DSG transmission due next year will likely add around $2500. Design: There style or design this time around. Safety: The previous Tiguan scored a European five-star rating. Technology: A fatigue detection system, which analyses a driver’s characteristic behaviour at the wheel and then warns of deviations, is fitted to the top-flight 155TSI. are few changes Driving: While there’s just the six-speed manual for now and the 1.4 litre turbo engine does not punch quite like the bigger engines, the cheapest wagon misses out on little in the way of comfort, versatility and dynamic drive.
It should satisfy most families. Off the bitumen, down a bush track, the Tiguans are the equal of any in this class; perhaps even a little better because of all the electronic traction aids and VW’s longestablished, well-refined 4Motion drive system. Verdict: There are many competent soft-roaders on the market; the Tiguans boast some of the segment’s best engines plus German engineering and build quality. The frontdrive version widens the appeal even further.