Run­ning re­ports


Practical Caravan - - Contents -

Up­dates on our fleet of vans and tow cars

Tested by Alas­tair Cle­ments Price £33,015 Kerb­weight 1645-1862kg Tow­ing limit 2500kg Tow­ball limit 100kg

IN A NUT­SHELL Is a mod­ern petrol a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to diesel?

REG­U­LAR READ­ERS WILL know this is part two of a backto-back long-term test.

For the past three months, we’ve en­joyed the per­for­mance of a 190PS Tiguan 2.0 TDI, but now it has been re­placed by this 180PS petrol ver­sion.

In sporty R-line spec, we found the sus­pen­sion of our Tiguan hard, but this SEL’S smaller wheels – as­sisted by the £810 op­tion of Dynamic Chas­sis Con­trol (DCC) – re­sult in a bril­liant ride, aided still fur­ther by the very com­fort­able seats, part of a su­perb in­te­rior.

Im­pres­sively, again thanks to the adap­tive dampers of the DCC sys­tem, it’s an en­ter­tain­ing drive when you want it to be, par­tic­u­larly in Sport mode, when the car seems to stiffen up and change di­rec­tion with real agility for an SUV.

That high-revving 2.0-litre petrol en­gine re­ally en­cour­ages you to press on, sound­ing rorty and kept in op­ti­mum rev range by the quick-shift­ing sev­en­speed DSG gear­box.

We think it looks great, too, par­tic­u­larly in its fetch­ing Ha­banero Or­ange paint­work with graphite-grey al­loys – al­though some­one clearly dis­agrees, be­cause that immaculate paint­work picked up a deep, de­lib­er­ate scratch on the day we took de­liv­ery. There’s no ac­count­ing for taste – but sadly, our ac­coun­tant will take is­sue with the re­pair bill…

Hang on a minute, isn’t this sup­posed to be about tow­ing? Well, yes, and the Tiguan con­tin­ues to ac­quit it­self well here. VW quotes a weight range for this model, which means an 85% match start­ing from 1398kg, and matched to our long-term Bailey Pursuit 570-6, it felt com­posed and sta­ble. Some testers have recorded shimmy when pulling heav­ier vans – for our David Mot­ton’s full ver­dict turn to p82 – but in still air we’re im­pressed. And that feel­ing hasn’t been dimmed by swap­ping diesel for petrol: it’s true the petrol uses more revs to get up to speed, but this tur­bocharged unit has some im­pres­sive mid-range mus­cle that’s more than ca­pa­ble of haul­ing a sen­si­bly matched car­a­van.

Don’t miss Motty’s more sci­en­tific petrol vs diesel back-to­back in next month’s mag­a­zine!


MAIN The Tiguan is more than ca­pa­ble of haul­ing a matched car­a­van IN­SET LEFT-RIGHT Some­body didn’t like the paint­work. Clearly laid-out dash­board

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