2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

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some­times messy, over­com­pli­cated SUV in­te­ri­ors of to­day. The ma­te­ri­als and plas­tics are high qual­ity, soft touch sur­faces; still plas­tic mind you, but of bet­ter ma­te­ri­als and de­sign. What buy­ers do get is sleek Euro de­sign and cabin am­bi­ence. Con­trols are large and well placed and er­gonomics su­perb. Firm, well-shaped seats are com­fort­able in­te­rior room is good and the 60/40-split-fold­ing rear seat has a cargo pass-through in the mid­dle. The rear seat also slides fore and aft to im­prove ei­ther rear legroom or cargo space and the back­rest also re­clines. Gen­er­ally, there is a light and airy feel to the cabin. The Tiguan has a 700-litres cargo ca­pac­ity with seats up and 1,600L with the 60/40-split/fold­ing seats down. Also note, there is a cool, fold-flat front pas­sen­ger seat. On the road, the Tiguan’s 2.0-litre, tur­bocharged, four-cylin­der en­gine pumps out 200 horse­power and well man­aged 207 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 rpm. -5,000 rpm. This is a will­ing, star per­former of an en­gine with non-ex­is­tent turbo lag and a nice lin­ear power de­liv­ery. The sweet six-speed manu­matic trans­mis­sion is well cal­i­brated to the en­gines power de­liv­ery. A sport mode for the trans­mis­sion also al­lows for more re­spon­sive shift points. The Tiguan’s han­dling is ex­cel­lent thanks to the Tiguan’s op­tional 4Mo­tion all-wheel-drive sys­tem. The 2015 VW Tiguan is not the fastest ac­cel­er­at­ing SUV in its class, but the tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine is a will­ing unit with plenty of mid- range torque. On a va­ri­ety of roads, the Tiguan feels safe, con­trolled and at ease in what­ever you throw at it. A light well as­sisted steer­ing set up makes for easy park­ing and low speed ma­noeu­vres while brak­ing is smooth and pro­gres­sive. Stan­dard safety equip­ment on the Tiguan in­cludes an­tilock disc brakes, trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol, and mul­ti­ple front and side airbags. Nat­u­ral Re­sources Canada fuel econ­omy rat­ings for the Tiguan are (L/100 km) 11.7 city, 9.4 high­way. There are a lot of good com­peti­tors in this sec­tor, but the Tiguan has the edge in term of cabin de­sign, han­dling, and Euro­pean re­fine­ment and is a rec­om­mended buy.

2015 Volk­swa­gen Tiguan. Base price $24,990 - $39,895.

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