Volkswagen Tiguan review

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9 Aug 2016 09:11 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:44

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Moving up a league doesn’t always bring success. The rewards may be greater, but the competition will be tougher. So it is for the Volkswagen Tiguan.

The one-time Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage rival has been reinvented as a more expensive SUV, so now it’s up against formidable prestige-badged competition such as the BMW X1.

Fortunately, the new Tiguan builds on the strengths of the original, offering more space, a classier feel and improved efficiency.

It's still designed mainly for on-road use, but four-wheel-drive 4Motion versions now feature adjustable drive modes that help you tackle different conditions.

Engines range from a 1.4-litre petrol with 123bhp to a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel with 237bhp, although the lowest-powered models 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.

Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know about the Tiguan, including which engine and trim to choose.

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There are 5 trims available for the Tiguan estate. Click to see details.See all versions
S
This entry-level trim still brings a reasonable amount of standard equipment, including air conditioning, alloy wheels and a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and a DAB radio. You also...View trim
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SE
This is one of our favourite trims because it offers a good balance between equipment and affordability. You get bigger wheels, three-zone climate control, parking sensors, cruise control and bette...View trim
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SE Nav
As the name suggests, this is effectively SE spec with sat-nav and some online features bundled in. The system is easy to use and should help make your Tiguan easier to sell on in the future. For a...View trim
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SEL
This trim gains a few luxuries over SE, such as digital instrument dials, adaptive cruise control, even bigger alloys, a panoramic sunroof and some piano-black trim. It’s plush but rather pricey, s...View trim
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R Line
This is the top-rung Tiguan that adds a sporty flavour to the exterior and interior. Over and above SEL, you get 20in alloys, R-line-specific bodystyling, heated front seats, aluminium-look dash in...View trim
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