VOLKSWAGEN’S Tiguan was a medium SUV benchmark from day one.
It made its debut in 2008 and by late 2016 a second generation arrived, leading many smitten owners of the original to upgrade; so there are plenty of examples in the used listings.
The earliest examples can be had for under $10,000. But those in the 2013-16 year range have improved style, engine choice and equipment.
Owners overwhelmingly report positive things for these and some still will have factory warranty remaining.
There are front and all-wheel drives, autos and manuals (although VW didn’t sell too many with clutches), and diesel or petrol turbo engines.
Diesels that were part of VW’s ‘Dieselgate’ scandal were recalled to be rectified but petrol versions won’t have the potential taint.
Beyond that, all the Tiguan engines are decent jobs with ample shove. The manual gearbox is a sweet thing if you can find one, while the dual-clutch auto, with six or seven forward ratios, appears not to suffer the same costly gremlins as earlier examples.
Safety features and cabin quality are top notch, later models adding gear such as reverse cameras and rear parking sensors.
Options were costly but the original owners of some midrange examples would have added the likes of leather trim and Park Assist; the Tiguan could literally park itself.