TIGUAN SUV REVIEW: The longer and wider MK2 Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossover is in a class of its own. This premium VW SUV is rightfully placed in our top 10 small 4x4 cars. But it is not lacking in interior space, powerful engines, or impressive technology.
Volkswagen Tiguan gets its name from a mash of the German words for 'tiger' and 'iguana'. Yet, most of the second-generation Tiguan SUV range will get produced in Mexico.
It sits comfortably between the classy BMW X1 and the family-friendly Nissan Qashqai. But, the VW Tiguan gets a new sportier look and feel to rival its competitors.
A Volkswagen Tiguan review cannot fail to show a compact crossover full of versatility and practicality. There is no doubt this classy design and plush interior will excite 4x4 aficionados into buying a Volkswagen Tiguan SUV.
The VW Tiguan 4x4 has the latest 5th generation Haldrex 4 wheel drive system. It is as fuss free as you would expect from any of the Volkswagen range.
The Volkswagen Tiguan SUV 4x4 specs:
This second generation Tiguan is a little wider and lower than the first. The Tiguan now looks much sportier than previous models. To prove a point, the R-Line version gets equipped with a more aggressive body kit.
The Volkswagen Tiguan 4x4 SUV main competition is the Nissan Qashqai and the Skoda Yeti. It is definitely a move upwards in class and even aspires to take on the Audi Q3.
Volkswagen Tiguan has a plug-in hybrid version. With CO2 emissions approaching 50g/km it is certain to appeal to company car drivers. There is also a special off-road version called 'Escape'.
The Volkswagen Tiguan 4x4 interior quality is exceeding well-constructed and ergonomic. It is on par with the Audi Q3 and far better than the Nissan Qashqai.
Anyone who has driven a Golf or Passat will be familiar with the dashboard and infotainment system. The biggest change to this generation Tiguan SUV is the new 12.3 inch Active Info Display. You can easily link up your mobile phone no matter what type you have.
Thanks to the seat, steering wheel, and pedals being correctly aligned, the driving position is technically perfect.
With the Tiguan increase in size, it seats five adults comfortably. Under the front armrest is a deep storage area. Large door bins and a big glove box add to the handy storage areas. The sensibly-shaped tailgate access to the boot makes it extremely user friendly.
This Volkswagen Tiguan SUV second generation is building on the role of the original. Previous Volkswagen models include some of the most successful small 4x4 cars in the UK.
VW have continued their shrewd business sense with the introduction of the Tiguan SUV. It has greater interior space and a good cabin. That said, the most critical of any Tiguan review could describe it is a forgettable driving experience.