The best-selling Tiguan is the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel model (badged 2.0 TDI 150) and it's easy to see why; it offers a fine blend of performance and fuel economy, whereas the cheaper 115 version (with 114bhp) feels a little short of puff. There's also a 190 version of the 2.0 TDI engine which delivers plenty of punch but is rather pricey, while the range-topping 240 version brings yet more pace for an even more eyebrow-raising price.
If you’re more interested in petrol power, the base 125 puts out 123bhp from its turbocharged 1.4-litre engine. However, while it's the most affordable model in the range, it struggles a bit up inclines, especially when loaded up to the gunnels. The 150 version of the 1.4 is better, but still lacks the low-rev pulling power of the diesels.
As for the 2.0-litre petrol engine, the 180 feels quick. It needs a few revs to perform its best, though; again it lacks the in-gear flexibility of the diesels.