Weekend Courier - - Driveway -

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.

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