Volkswagen Tiguan Review

Volkswagen Tiguan
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Volkswagen Tiguan Review

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The lower parts of the doors, which don’t have a sill, have a broad, protective strip of similar material but it does scuff easily and might quickly spoil the overall appearance of the car, if regularly taken off-road.

The lower parts of the doors, which don’t have a sill, have a broad, protective strip of similar material but it does scuff easily and might quickly spoil the overall appearance of the car, if regularly taken off-road.

In the Tiguan S, SE and Sport, the 4WD system is more for extra traction on slippery surfaces and mild off-road work than retreating far from the madding crowds. For that you need the Escape version, as tested.

Escape is distinguished by a different front end to the others, with a shorter front overhang, the lower grille is moved and the front skirt is replaced by a sump-guard. As well as advertising the car’s respectable, off-road capability, the different design allows for a greater approach angle of 28 degrees as opposed to the normal 18 degrees. The departure angle for all Tiguans is 25 degrees, the ramp angle is 20 degrees and the ground clearance is 195mm.

Under normal driving conditions, the 4MOTION system delivers 90 per cent of the available power to the front wheels and 10 per cent to the rear but the distribution changes according to the circumstances and in extreme cases, almost 100 per cent can be directed to the rear wheels.

Escape also has the added benefit of an ‘Off road’ button, sited just ahead of the gear-shift. Pressing it activates the hill descent control, changes the characteristic of the acceleration and ABS and makes the cross-axle braking system, which has much the same effect as a differential lock, more sensitive. Although standard on the Escape, this function is available as a £100 option on the other models.

As you would expect from Volkswagen, the cabin is smart and tidy with the driver’s environment, an exercise in Teutonic efficiency. The fascia is set quite high, which makes you feel enclosed and safe. All the switches and dials are perfectly placed for easy driving and it is well appointed, too.

Prices for the base model, S start at £19,370, which buys air-conditioning with cooled glove-box, driver’s seat height adjustment, rake- and reach-adjustable steering column, electric windows front and rear, electrically heated and operated door mirrors and an electronic parking brake with auto-hold. The centre console houses a radio/CD with MP3 capability and an AUX socket for external media.

The SE adds chrome, external trims to the windows, grille louvers and roof rails. You get leather covering for the steering wheel and gearknob, under-seat drawers for the front seats, a flat tyre warning system and a front, centre armrest, under which is hidden the 6CD autochanger to go with the upgraded audio system with touch-screen. Prices start at £20,670.

Sport trim replaces the SE’s ‘comfort’ seats with a more sporty variety and adds sports suspension, although this is not lowered. This level also includes, front fog lights, automatic headlights and wipers and a photochromatic, rear-view mirror for prices upwards of £22,870.

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Volkswagen Tiguan Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolkswagen Tiguan Escape 2.0TDI 4MOTION
  
Body TypeSUV
ColourDeep Black Pearl
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph10.7 Seconds
Top Speed 113 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Automatic Tiptronic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban29.1 mpg
Extra Urban44.8 mpg
Combined37.7 mpg
  
Insurance Group9
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Years Or Up To 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 09/03/08)£23,300

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