Be­fore you open your wal­let

Go! Camp & Drive - - Tow Test -

What does the book say?

Fuel Petrol En­gine 1,984 ℓ Cylin­ders In­line-four Power 162 kW @ 4 560–6 200 rpm Torque 350 Nm @ 1 500–4 400 rpm Trans­mis­sion 7-speed (dual clutch/DSG) Driv­e­train All-wheel drive but mainly with the front wheels. Tare 1 680 kg GVM 2 420 kg GCM 4 925 kg Tow­ing abil­ity for trailer with over­run brakes Up to 2 200 kg Di­men­sions 4 701 mm (l); 1 839 mm (w); 1 656 mm (h) Wheel base 2 790 mm Track width 1 585 mm (front); 1 574 mm (rear) Ground clear­ance 201 mm Fuel tank 60 ℓ Price (new) From R604 800 Price (sec­ond-hand) We saw a 2018 model with 200 km on the clock on au­to­trader.co.za for R549 500.

Fast facts

The tow bar The hitch doesn’t come stan­dard, and you’re not al­lowed to ex­ceed the nose weight of 100 kg. Volk­swa­gen does rec­om­mend a nose weight as close as pos­si­ble to 100 kg. Sus­pen­sion It’s a bit of a bumpy ride, which means the sus­pen­sion is quite stiff. And it makes sense, judg­ing by the 10 mm the tail dropped with the In­vader’s 80 kg nose weight. Weight 1 960 kg with a full tank of petrol and the driver in the car.

The com­bi­na­tion weight was 3 060 kg. In­te­rior Two fin­gers above your head in the front seat and the same space above your head in the back­seat. You can fit a whole hand in front of your knees. Speed The GPS showed 96 km/h while the speedome­ter was at 100 km/h. Fuel con­sump­tion Con­sid­er­ing how so­phis­ti­cated the Tiguan is with all its elec­tron­ics it’s quite odd that our cal­cu­la­tions dif­fered so much from the com­puter’s, which put the con­sump­tion at 14,6 ℓ/100 km (6,8 km/ℓ), as op­posed to our 12,3 ℓ/100 km (8,1 km/ℓ). Fin­ishes Pre­dom­i­nantly dark, an­gu­lar, solid and stylish. Ex­tras Panoramic sun­roof R12 206, the Head-up Dis­play R9 180, Ac­tive Info Dis­play R8 675 and Adap­tive cruise con­trol R5 094.

Other mod­els? Trend­line 1.4 TSI R463 400 Com­fort­line 2.0 TSI 4MOTION R523 800 Com­fort­line 2.0 TDI 4MOTION R571 100

go! Drive & Camp says

Don’t tow with the Allspace in the first 1 000 km. In­flate the tyres to their max­i­mum pres­sure when you tow.

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