Lifting the SUV bar
TOP technology, efficient and punchy engines, great driving dynamics and, most importantly, a spacious cabin has transformed the second generation.
But it comes at a price. It’s not cheap, however, Volkswagen is pitching the Tiguan as an alternative to Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, as well as an upmarket rival to Mazda’s CX-5, Kia Sportage and others.
Entry to the Tiguan in front wheel drive form is $36,990 on the road for the manual or $3K more for the automatic. The impressive R-Line top of the range turbodiesel all-wheel drive wagon, packed with bells and whistles, is $62,690 on the road.
The new Tiguan has been a long time coming and dealers are breathing a sigh of relief as it can now fairly compete with more modern rivals.
Volkswagen is hoping bigger proves better for the 2017 Tiguan as well as more comprehensive safety features and in-car technology, along with a wider range of engines.
Outside the Volkswagen’s growth is noticeable and it’s handsome with muscular body creases and a wide road stance.
There’s plenty of gear with an Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-equipped eight-inch multimedia screen, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control, LED tail-lights, threezone climate control, satellitenavigation, leather, keyless entry, start-stop button, poweroperated boot lid, poweradjustable front seat and dynamic LED headlights.
The review car also had the $4000 R-Line package of 20in alloys, adaptive dampers and progressive steering and the $2000 Driver Assistance Package, which includes adaptive cruise, side assist (including a blind spot monitor), power-folding mirrors and a virtual dash display which encompasses sat-nav between the speedo and rev counter.
The turbodiesel engine (140kW/400Nm) is an adequate performer. If you want more oomph opt for the 162kW petrol turbo engine from the Golf GTI which comes next year.
The engine is refined, although there is some turbo lag from starting off.
The suspension absorbs all but the harshest of bumps and there’s a real quietness to the cabin. Only coarse bitumen pervades the interior and the 20in alloys can create a jiggly ride around town on less than perfect surfaces. The new
Tiguan cruises quietly on the open road and handles well on our range roads.
Fuel consumption was excellent. I achieved 6.2L/100km at the end of my run which took in Kuranda, Mareeba, Atherton, Malanda, Millaa Millaa, Innisfail and back to Cairns. VW suggests 5.9.
The Tiguan is Volkswagen’s best effort in the SUV market. It is comfortable, well-equipped and engaging to drive.
The only stumbling block are higher prices than its mainstream competition.
The Tiguan creates a nice sweet spot in the busy SUV market.