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Review: The VW Tiguan

October 10, 2014

Volkswagen was one of the first car manufacturers to enter the rapidly expanding compact SUV market – and their Tiguan remains one of the best performers in the category. Volkswagen is a company known worldwide for its quality and reliability – none of this is lost on this mid-size crossover. We’re bringing you all the essential specs and info in our VW Tiguan review.

  • Market leading quality, that won’t cost you the earth
  • Powerful and refined engines
  • Available from £21,700
VW Tiguan

Image Source: Thomas Wensing

Design

The VW Tiguan is smartly styled and beautifully built, sporting rugged and muscular looks. However, the driveability of the car isn’t compromised by its butch exterior and the Tiguan handles like a much sportier car in the bends. The cabin of the VW Tiguan is indisputably well-finished, with build quality typical of the German car giant. Passengers can enjoy spacious and comfortable surroundings and the Tiguan comes with plenty of boot space – at 1,510 litres. The Tiguan is available in four different specifications, the S, Match, Escape and R-Line trims. All come with Alloy wheels as standard, while the top of the range R-Line features sports seating, tinted windows and even a sporty R-Line styling kit.

Features

An entry level S model Tiguan comes with all the essentials such as air con, electric windows, aux input and a digital radio. The Match model is fitted with an impressive array of equipment, including a sat nav, climate control, parking sensors, Bluetooth and a USB connectivity – offering excellent value considering for just £23,695. Should you wish to challenge the Tiguan off-road, we recommend the Escape trim, which is fitted with underbody protection, a raised bumper and an off-road mode including hill-descent assist for those steeper trails.

VW Tiguan Engine

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Performance

Most Tiguan owners choose the 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine, but there’s also 109 and 168bhp version, plus three petrols which put out 158, 177 or 208bhp respectively. The more powerful diesel engines give the car useful extra muscle, while the excellent grip makes it both smooth and enjoyable to drive. There’s no need to worry about the cost of fuel either. Economy figures are strong, with the 2.0-litre TDI BlueMotion managing an impressive 53.3mpg – keeping running costs to a minimum.

Fancy getting your hands on the VW Tiguan? Entry level models start at £21,700 while the range topping R-Line will set you back £30,345. Here at the Car Loan Warehouse, we’re experts in VW finance and can help you save money with a great deal! Try our VW finance calculator now for a quick quote – and you could get your hands on a new Volkswagen Tiguan of your own!

 

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.