10 November 2016

Volkswagen Tiguan 2016 car review

One of the most anticipated model updates has finally arrived, and it’s also the next of many Volkswagen products to be built on the new MQB platform. The Tiguan is certainly proving to be popular across the world with more than 2.7 million units sold since it joined the Volkswagen SUV family in 2008. Like the Golf in the hatch segment, the Tiguan has certainly been the talk of the town within the SUV category.

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Multiple engines are on offer, producing power figures from 110kW to up to 162kW for the R-Line spec. This spec also has impressive acceleration with the ability to go from 0-100km in 6.5 seconds. The entry level model is a front wheel drive with a 1.4L Comfortline spec that’s also been kitted out with an impressive standard assist feature package. All variants receive forward collision warning front assist with AEB, lane assist, side assist with rear traffic alert and a reversing camera.

Get that bigger boat

Building on the success of the older model, the new Tiguan is now longer, wider and more spacious. It offers an additional 145L boot space and has a total capacity of 615L with the seats up and 1655L with the seats down. The 4Motion models also have an increased tow rating from 2,200kg to 2,500kg, just in case anyone needed a good excuse to upgrade the boat or caravan. The Active Control functionality has now increased the off-road capability of the 4Motion, offering four driving modes - on-road, snow, off-road and individual off-road.

Comfort your way

Hate having to reset everything after someone else has been driving your car? Well, by saving all your settings as a driver profile that issue can now be a thing of the past as the Tiguan remembers everything. Up to three driver profiles and one guest profile can be programmed on the Highline 4Motion models, with the ability to remember over 100 items so you never have to worry about remembering your assist, light, vision or air/con settings ever again.

The virtual cockpit/active info display is now available as a standard feature in the 4Motion. It’s also available as a $1,000 upgrade in the front drive models, giving the driver the opportunity to customise what they want to see and where they would like to view it. For example you can display the navigation on the conventional central screen or switch it to the centre of the dash display.

At a glance
Models Comfortline, Highline, R-Line
Engine  1.4TSI, 2.0TSI, 2.0TDI
Price From $41,990-$66,990
ANCAP safety rating 5 star
Power 100kW-162kW
Transmission 6-Speed DSG, 7-Speed DSG (4-Motion)
Fuel economy Combined from 5.6L/100km diesel, 6.0L/100km petrol
Towing 750kg unbraked, 1,800kg braked (2WD), 2,000kg braked (4-Motion)
Seating capacity 5
Safety systems 
Trailer stabilisation Lane and side assist
Front assist with ambient traffic monitoring Park assist with distance control
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