The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is far from just a face-lifted model; it’s an entirely new car. It’s bigger, smarter, safer and more efficient than the car it replaces and with the mid-sized SUV market being so incredibly competitive, it needs to be seriously good. So is it? Read on to find out.
The Tiguan is available in seven different variants but our test car was the all wheel drive Comfortline 132TSI which sits right in the middle of the line-up and on first impressions, the new Tiguan is a very smart looker. It appears more grown up than the previous model and is now obviously the little brother to the larger Touareg. Volkswagen's SUV design language is more conservative when compared to others in this segment, but the Tiguan is a classy, solid and attractive car.
With those rear seats folded flat you’ll end up with a Bondi apartment rivalling 1655 litres of space.
“Ze Germans” are becoming renowned for their motoring interior design and the Tiguan carries on this reputation. Again, like the exterior, the overall look is very smart and classy. Everything feels nice to touch, and the actual quality of the materials, switchgear and buttons is excellent. The cloth-trimmed seats are comfortable and supportive, and again, finish quality is excellent.
The Tiguan’s growth spurt has translated into a much larger boot than before. The rear seats can slide forward resulting in a class leading 615 litres of rear storage, and, with those rear seats folded flat you’ll end up with a Bondi apartment rivalling 1655 litres of space.
While we’re talking storage, there’s loads of it. The door pockets are huge, and their interiors are upholstered to stop items rattling around. There are storage bays in the centre console, two in the ceiling, a storage bin in the centre of the dash, a slide out drawer under each front seat and cup holders everywhere.
The Tiguan has an abundance of features and tech, too. Starting with one of the biggest changes, the instrument cluster. The Tiguan now has an LED active info display screen that will not only show the usual speedo, tachometer, engine and vehicle settings, but will also display satellite navigation, parking camera angles, music and Bluetooth settings, and driver profile settings.
Add to this an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Fatigue Detection, Lane Assist, Low-Speed Autonomous Braking, Multi-Collision Braking, parking sensors, multiple rear camera angle views, auto headlights, rain sensing wipers and tri-zone climate control, the Tiguan will not only keep you safe, it will entertain you in the process.
Actual accommodation space is excellent too. The door openings are large, and there's more than enough leg and head room to keep even taller adults happy. The rear seats also feature fold-out tables that are angle adjustable to position an iPad perfectly and have slide-out cup holders for the kids' all-important back seat business lunches.
So how does it drive? In a word, effortless. The Comfortline we tested isn’t exactly a driver's car (the top-spec R-Line fills that duty) but the steering is direct and responsive and ride quality is as comfy as it is controlled. It has that German feeling of solidity but is never harsh or uncompromising.
The Comfortline comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, putting out 132kW and 320Nm through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and this power plant helps the Tiguan almost hide it’s new found larger dimensions. It’s an enthusiastic performer and deceptively capable for a mid-sized SUV.
So, is it seriously good? Absolutely.
This mid-sized SUV market is booming at the moment, and there are some outstanding cars competing to be the front runner. The new Tiguan is not only amongst the race leaders; it may have moved the whole game forward.
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