Two will do forvw­tiguan

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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.

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