Most buyers will opt for the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine. There are four other diesel engines on offer, which put out 109bhp, 187bhp and 237bhp respectively, but the 150 offers the best balance of performance and economy. Petrol engines include a 1.4 turbocharged engine in two power outputs, with the higher powered 150 being particularly punchy and enjoyable. The 2.0-litre petrols feel quick – the range-topping 220 almost hot-hatch like - but are hard to justify.
Volkswagen Tiguan ride & handling
The Tiguan is quite firmly sprung, so it doesn’t lean too much through corners, but rough surfaces do get transmitted into the cabin a bit too readily. It’s never uncomfortable, though, and the ride gets better at higher speeds. The Tiguan handles in a more car-like and enjoyable way than many of its competitors, with precise steering and plenty of grip even in the front-wheel drive models. The four-wheel drive models are better in poor conditions, but we favour the cheaper, front-drive models.
Volkswagen Tiguan refinement
Both petrol and diesel Tiguans are impressively refined. The petrols are especially smooth even when being worked hard, while the diesels are quiet at a cruise and subdued when accelerating but transmit a little clatter and vibration at idle. There’s only a light flutter of wind noise and some road noise at higher speeds, while the manual gearbox is light and easy to use and the dual-clutch automatic proves smooth and soothing the majority of the time.