Volkswagen Tiguan Review: 2014 Model | Tiguan | Car Buyers Guide

Volkswagen Tiguan

For some months I have been admiring this week’s test drive from afar. I’ve seen it roam the streets of Ireland and it always appeared to me to be a very refined vehicle. This week I’m looking at the Volkswagen Tiguan, a midsized SUV which offers amazing refinement and tightness from the second you sit inside.

To look at the Tiguan looks like your average midsized SUV. It’s got your typical Volkswagen curves, and it unmistakably belongs to that manufacturer. Its body is nice in that it’s not too imposing – especially when you think of its big brother, the Touareg. Although it doesn’t look overly imposing it does appear (on the outside) bigger than it actually is.

Once you sit inside the Tiguan refinement hits you straight away. It’s nice in here. The Tiguan is wonderfully spaced out and it offers true comfort. The interior of this model makes me want to give two thumbs up to Volkswagen – this is impressive. I don’t think many will argue with me when I say that Volkswagen know how to make comfortable cars. The only real down side to the interior of the Tiguan is the small boot space. I did manage to bring my family away in this car, but it was at a push that I got everything I need into the boot.

To drive the Tiguan is very subtle, everything is smooth, body roll isn't bad and the suspension is wonderful. Take it on country roads and you won't be disappointed by its cornering and handling in general. The engine doesn't offer over-the-top power but it's by no means lacking, as in it is not a sluggish vehicle. Engines available include a 1.4l TSI petrol (122hp) and a 2.0 TDI (offers between 110 and 140bhp depending on variant). Fuel economy for the diesel models is particularly nice too with Volkswagen giving us on-paper combined figures of between 5.3l and 5.8l per 100km.

Overall I would have to say that I was nicely impressed by the Volkswagen Tiguan. The drive refinement is certainly down my alley. Like most of its competition it would be nice if they could all offer a bit more boot space though. Other models within its segment include the KIA Sportage and the Nissan Qashqai. My view is that the Qashqai is more appealing, but I would pick the Tiguan over the Ford Kuga (at the moment!). The Rav4 from Toyota and the CX5 from Mazda also offer some stiff competition to this model.

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€ 42,350 when New

Key Facts

New Price
€ 42,350
Make

Volkswagen

Model
Tiguan
Variant
TFD 1.4 TSI 150bhp
First Launched
2008
Transmission
Manual
Engine & Transmission
6 speed manual
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
SUV

Running Costs

Tax
385
Tax Band
F
Average L/100km
7.00
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
64
Fuel Tank Range (km)
914
CO2 emmissions (g/km)
199

Performance

Engine (L)
1390
Break Horsepower
150
Top Speed
192
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
9.6
Cylinders
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
64
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbocharging / Mechanical supercharging (Compressor)
Torque
240

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
1510
Kerb weight
2170
Tyre Size Front
2170
Wheel Base
2604

Safety

Euro NCAP Star Rating
5

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