UN­LEASH THE BEAST

Style Magazine - - Motoring -

Auribus teneo lupum: this an­cient proverb which means “I grasp a wolf by the ears” elo­quently de­scribes a co­nun­drum faced by many.

Put sim­ply, it’s a proverb that high­lights the fact some­times there are no per­fect so­lu­tions.

In the world of SUVS, of­ten you sac­ri­fice per­for­mance for the ben­e­fits of a high-rider.

Not in the case of Volk­swa­gen’s Tiguan Wolfs­burg Edi­tion.

For those who want more than el­e­gance from a stan­dard Tiguan, the Wolfs­burg Edi­tion of­fers some grit­ted teeth ag­gres­sion.

Boast­ing black ex­te­rior treat­ments like 20-inch glossy Suzuka al­loys, roof rails, win­dow sur­rounds, up­per ra­di­a­tor grille and lower strap, rear bumper strips as well as a rear spoiler, it looks mus­cu­lar and primed to pounce.

The up­grades aren’t re­stricted to the ex­te­rior.

In­side there is a nine-speaker Dy­nau­dio sound sys­tem with the R-line in­te­rior pack­age that in­cor­po­rates Vi­enna leather trim, flat-bot­tom steer­ing wheel, dig­i­tal in­stru­ments with a 12.3-inch dis­play, ad­vanced head-up dis­play as well as smart­phone mir­ror­ing apps Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto on the 9.2-inch colour touch­screen.

Un­der the bon­net is a four-cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gine part­nered to a seven-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion which pushes power to all four-wheels.

It’s a lithe per­former with im­pres­sive punch un­der your right foot. The Wolfs­burg edi­tion doesn’t get any ex­tra mumbo, but it’s not re­quired.

Boast­ing car-like per­for­mance with im­pres­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion and cor­ner­ing abil­ity, it’s a crack­ing en­gine of­fer­ing pres­tige-like drive­abil­ity.

Sport mode gives the GTI ex­pe­ri­ence with stiffer sus­pen­sion, weight­ier steer­ing and the en­gine get­ting revvier.

Con­sider this an Audi Q5 with­out the badge… ....... you’ll be damned if you don’t.

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