Its reputation dented by the emissions scandal, VW is keen to get things back on track and entice buyers into its showrooms again. One of the ways in which it hopes to achieve this is with the launch of new models such as the revised Tiguan.
The old Tiguan sold more than 2.6 million units in its eight-year life, making it the companys third best seller in the UK behind the Golf and Polo. The new model has a lot to live up to.
Bigger and better?
Although it may not look too different at first glance, the new Tiguan is wider, longer and lower. It also has a longer wheelbase, meaning there is more room for passengers. Inside, it is comfortable, light and airy with a good view out.
It is also practical, as you can slide the back seat forward to extend the boot space or fold it down entirely to carry big loads. With three petrol and fours diesel engines and the option of a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox, there should be a powertrain choice to suit most buyers. Two-wheel drive models provide the best economy, but there are also four-wheel drive versions. It wont compete with a Land Rover in the rough stuff; however, thanks to clever electronics, the Tiguan 4×4 can cope with winter roads, farm tracks and muddy fields.
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Safe and sound
There are lots of safety features on board with the usual array of airbags, pedestrian monitoring, lane assist and city emergency braking. It also has an active bonnet to protect pedestrians and cyclists in the event of an impact.
The equipment levels are also good – even the base S model has air conditioning and a multi-speaker sound system with DAB radio. Go higher up the range and you get an infotainment system with a colour touchscreen, Bluetooth connection, parking sensors and more; in addition, there is the solid VW interior.
The Tiguan is set to be launched in stages over the summer, with different models available at different times; therefore, it is best to check with your dealer if you are interested in getting hold of a particular spec.