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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Match review

  • New Match trim brings more kit for less money
  • Sat-nav, a DAB radio and Park Assist included
  • On sale now, priced from Β£23,245
Words ByVicky Parrott

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The Volkwagen Tiguan Match replaces SE trim in the Tiguan range and is intended to give the ageing small SUV fresh appeal in a class of newer rivals.

Prices have dropped by Β£460 over the old SE despite the fact that Β£700 of equipment has been thrown in. This kit includes sat-nav, a DAB radio, 17-inch alloys, and an automatic park-assist system that steers the car into a space for you.

There are no mechanical changes, so engine options include 1.4- and 2.0-litre petrols, and a 2.0-litre diesel with either 138bhp and 175bhp.

What’s 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Match like inside?

It’s a bit dour by today’s standards, with some hard plastics and flat grey finishes giving away the Tiguan's age. Still, all the major controls are easy to use, and the major functions of the centrally located touch-screen are simple to use.

That said, the small icons can be a bit irksome to hit with precision on the move, and some of the less everyday functions – such as finding a radio station that hasn't been preset – are a convoluted process.

Even so, buyers are sure to appreciate the system, particularly because the standard sat-nav includes full postcode entry.

The Tiguan is big enough for five on an occasional basis. Sliding rear seats add versatility, but when they're pushed right back, the boot is fairly small. It is well shaped, however, and folding the seats flat is easy.

What’s the 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Match like to drive?

Much the same as ever. We tested a four-wheel-drive 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel; front-wheel drive is available on this engine and the 1.4 petrol.

It’s no surprise that, being an older engine, the motor sounds a bit gruffer than those found in the newest rivals, but it does at least quieten down on the motorway.

The steering has a meaty, predictable weight that contributes to the unwavering stability the Tiguan delivers through corners, and body roll is kept neatly in check by SUV standards.

Unfortunately, the trade off for the solid body control is a firm ride; the Tiguan is jarring over bigger bumps at higher speeds, and fidgets a little over scruffy town roads.

Should I buy one?

It’s easy to see why you’d be tempted. The Tiguan still has a great image, and now has the added appeal of a lots of standard equipment, as well as big discounts and attractive finance offers.

That said, a Mazda CX-5 offers stronger performance and a much more practical cabin, not to mention drastically lower CO2 emissions.

The Tiguan is better value than ever, then, but Match trim hasn’t made it any less outclassed by the newer competition.

What Car? says...

Rivals:

Honda CR-V

Mazda CX-5

Volkswagen Tiguan Match 1.4 TSI 2WD
Engine size 1.4-litre turbo petrol
Price from Β£23,245
Power 158bhp
Torque 177lb ft
0-62mph 8.9 seconds
Top speed 126mph
Fuel economy 42.2mpg
CO2 emissions 156g/km

Volkswagen Tiguan Match 2.0 TDI 4Motion
Engine size 2.0-litre diesel Price from Β£26,210
Power 138bhp
Torque 236lb ft
0-62mph 10.2 seconds
Top speed 116mph
Fuel economy 48.7mpg
CO2 150g/km

Volkswagen Tiguan Match 2.0 TDI 4Motion Engine size 2.0-litre diesel Price from Β£27,215
Power 175bhp
Torque 280lb ft
0-62mph 8.9 seconds Top speed 125mph
Fuel economy 48.7mpg
CO2 151g/km

Volkswagen Tiguan Match 2.0 TSI 4Motion
Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
Price from Β£25,770 Power 178bhp
Torque 207lb ft 0-62mph 8.3 seconds
Top speed 126mph
Fuel economy 33.2mpg
CO2 199g/km