VW’s Tiguan is a smooth op­er­a­tor

Cynon Valley - - MOTORSWALES - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

THE Volk­swa­gen Tiguan has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the top con­tenders in the medium SUV mar­ket, al­though it now faces an in­creas­ing num­ber of very good cheaper com­peti­tors.

Al­most ev­ery car man­u­fac­turer has now jumped on the SUV band wagon – in­clud­ing Jaguar and even Bent­ley – be­cause they re­alised that these were the cars peo­ple wanted to buy more than any other.

The Tiguan was re­placed last year, so the model I’ll con­cen­trate on is the one be­fore that, which with up­dates, was pro­duced from 2008 to 2016.

I re­ally like this SUV be­cause it does ev­ery­thing rea­son­ably and most things very well.

Since 2011, there have been 1.4 and 2.0-litre petrol en­gines, with power rang­ing from 140bhp to 200+bhp.

The sin­gle diesel op­tion is the ven­er­a­ble but very well up­dated 2.0-litre TDI used across the VW group, with power from 140bhp to 180bhp.

Some have crit­i­cised the 1.4 turbo petrol as lack­ing per­for­mance, but I don’t know which car they drove.

All those I have driven have been ex­cel­lent per­form­ers of their type and the en­gine is as smooth and quiet as any­one could wish un­til it’s pressed – and even then it still sounds sweet.

Petrols are a good deal cheaper than diesels and, al­though they are not as eco­nom­i­cal, many fam­i­lies would be bet­ter off buy­ing them since they would pay a smaller to­tal over three or four years.

This is some­thing that’s true of many other cars as well. I have no ir­ra­tional dis­like of diesels like our present govern­ment, I sim­ply want peo­ple to get the best deal they can.

The 1.4 Tiguan is listed with an av­er­age of 42mpg in two-wheel drive (2WD) form, while the diesel will do 50-plus.

Four-wheel-drive mod­els are thirstier and more ex­pen­sive, so don’t bother un­less you reg­u­larly need the ex­tra trac­tion.

All are com­fort­able and re­fined, rea­son­ably quick and, as you would ex­pect from VW, they are well-built and solid, with a strong rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity.

That said, there have been some wor­ry­ing re­ports re­cently about the fragility of the oth­er­wise ex­cel­lent DSG au­to­matic gear­box, with re­pairs cost­ing around £3,000.

The petrol 2.0-litre mod­els with around 200bhp are very quick, but you pay a lot more at the pumps and in in­sur­ance.

All the later Tiguans have ei­ther a six-speed man­ual gear­box or the DSG au­to­matic and all are very easy to drive both in town and out on the open road.

The ride is very good over all sur­faces and the han­dling is also right up with the best in class, with the ex­cel­lent VW power steer­ing help­ing tremen­dously.

In­side all is high qual­ity and well put to­gether. The seats are well-shaped, if a lit­tle hard in the Ger­man tra­di­tion and the driv­ing po­si­tion is good for all sizes with ex­cel­lent seat and col­umn ad­just­ment. There is plenty of in­te­rior space and a very big boot.

Equip­ment in the base S trim in­cludes air con, trac­tion con­trol, alarm, re­mote lock­ing, four elec­tric win­dows, heated elec­tric mir­rors and loads of airbags.

The mid-range Tiguan Match adds park­ing sen­sors, cli­mate con­trol and au­dio re­mote con­trol on the steer­ing wheel.

Pay about £12,800 for a ’15 15-reg 1.4TSi Blue­mo­tion Tech, or £9,200 for an ’11 11-reg TDI S.

Volk­swa­gen Tiguan

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