Fam­ily friendly

The new VW Tiguan’s technology, safety fea­tures and eye-catch­ing looks make it a great choice for fam­i­lies as re­ports

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

When you think of Volk­swa­gen, you think of Golf. The le­gendary fam­ily hatch has been the Ger­man brand’s best per­former in the UK for years, pur­sued by the slightly smaller Polo but in third place is the Tiguan, an unsung hero of Wolfs­burg’s ex­pan­sive range. It’s been up­graded vis­ually and bor­rows in-car tech from Audi, mak­ing the Tiguan’s in­te­rior one of the most up-to-date in its sec­tor.

Looks and im­age

The Tiguan’s chis­elled, Ger­manic fea­tures set it apart from more fluid-look­ing ri­vals. It’s a hand­some car and has much more road pres­ence than the out­go­ing gen­er­a­tion, which didn’t ben­e­fit from Volk­swa­gen’s cur­rent de­sign lan­guage. The in­side of the car is largely well-built. Beige plas­tic dom­i­nates the front be­low knee-height, though the seats are fetch­ing and the soft-touch plas­tic feels built to last. Volk­swa­gen’s im­age has been un­de­ni­ably dented by its emis­sions scan­dal, but that’s un­likely to put buy­ers off. The VW badge is still an up­mar­ket, if con­ven­tional, choice.

Space and prac­ti­cal­ity

There’s more room in the Tiguan than be­fore. Le­groom has been im­proved, but avoid the flimsy ta­bles, they fill the ex­tra space with hard plas­tic that will bruise the knees of your rear pas­sen­gers. The boot can the­o­ret­i­cally hold more than 600 litres of lug­gage, de­pend­ing on the ex­act po­si­tion of the ad­justable rear seats. Those rear seats can be ad­justed or folded down with a tug of a small springloaded tab, a very user-friendly sys­tem. When the seats are folded down, the Tiguan boasts 1,655 litres of space for those oc­ca­sional gar­den cen­tre trips.

Be­hind the wheel

Volk­swa­gen has length­ened the wheel­base of the Tiguan, mak­ing it slightly more com­fort­able on Bri­tish roads. No­tice­ably light steer­ing sug­gests that the Tiguan has been op­ti­mised for ur­ban and sub­ur­ban driv­ing. But buy­ers of the 4x4 Tiguan will be pleas­antly sur­prised at how adept their new car

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