The original Tiguan was Volkswagen's first SUV and was launched in 2007. That car introduced to the VW range the concept of a raised-up, practical five-seater SUV with a versatile interior and a good-sized boot. It was also refined, well equipped and had the firm's usual solid build quality. For further details on the earlier Tiguan click here.
This latest version builds on the reputation of its predecessor. Engines range from a 1.4-litre petrol with 123bhp to a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel with 237bhp, but the lowest powered versions come with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox only; if you want an automatic 'box and four-wheel drive, you’ll need to look at engines with 148bhp and above.
Although the Tiguan is designed mainly for on-road use, the four-wheel-drive 4Motion models feature adjustable drive modes that help you tackle different conditions. The car is still no Land Rover, but it has more than enough ability for the vast majority of buyers.
The SUV market is growing apace, so does this latest version of the Tiguan have enough to keep it ahead of the pack ? Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions, along with our recommendations for the trim levels and engines you should choose.