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My sister purchased her Tiguan a few months ago, and I have been out in it many times, and also helped with a lot of the driving on long trips too, so I am in a fairly good place to write a review of it.
The model is the Tiguan Sport 2.0 TDI 140 PS 4MOTION, a 6 speed manual, and a starting price of £23,775. This sits above the Passat in the price range, but lower than the Phaeton and larger Toureg. Described as a 'compact SUV' it is basically a people carrier with extra ground clearance and four wheel drive. So if you don't need these two things you may as well look at other models like the Passat or Golf.
Performance from the 140PS diesel is excellent, 0-60 apparently in 10.5sec, which in the real world means if you put your foot down you'll leave most cars behind. There is also 236lb/ft of torque, which basically gives great in gear accelleration for overtaking, and excellent pulling power when you've got the car full of people/kids/luggage. I really like driving, and I certainly had a smile on my face in this car :-) certainly a pleasing experience for what could have been a boring family carrier! Economy is pretty good too, 45mpg is fairly normal, and on a cruise then 50mpg is also attainable.
From the outside the metalic blue paint looks very smart, as do the 18" alloys. As you would expect from a VW all the body panels meet evenly and nice and close together.
Inside, the legendary VW quality continues, with excellent quality 'touchy feely' finishes and aluminium trimmings. There are plenty of options and gadgets to keep everyone happy too. CD/MP3 player, electric windows, climate control, see me home headlights, auto lights, auto wipers, and an electronic parking brake. Now that takes a bit of getting used to, but if you don't like hill starts then you will probably find it very helpful. My sister got the panoramic sunroof too which is brilliant, it makes sitting in the back a pleasure, and adds to the sense of space.
On the safety side it comes with the usual myriad of air bags, ABS and also ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) which includes EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control). These gadgets basically help reduce the likelyhood of you sliding and losing traction and ending up needing the airbags!
The seats seem fairly firm at first, but they are very comfortable, even after several hours I didn't have any problems. My dad who has a bad back also found it very good too, and was even happy in the back which is a minor mirracle!
There is plenty of boot space, swallowing luggage for a long family holiday, or giving two dogs plenty of space on a day trip out. There are also roof rails, which make adding a roof rack for bikes/kayaks/roof box an easy operation further increasing the carrying capacity.
The only negative point about this vehicle was the tyres it came with. These were very sporty tyres, and therefore don't have much grip when it comes to any form of mud or snow. Being a 4 wheel drive this is a bit stupid, and the ABS, traction contol was always kicking in. Suffice to say that when the first sprinkling of snow appeared the car went to the garage for some winter tyres. These have been a revalation! Suddenly the ABS/traction control hardly ever kicks in, and the car stops better, and doesn't slip anywhere near as much! I'm sure a lot of people won't care about that, but if you need to stay mobile and live out in the sticks then changing the tyres is pretty much essential!
Overall however the Tiguan is a great vehicle, and I would be very tempted by it if I needed a four wheel drive people carrier type vehicle.
I purchased this car when it was only 3 months old with around 3k miles on the clock. Had looked at Golf Diesel and also the Passat Diesel. Neither suited my requirements, the Golf was a bit on the small side and the Passat to big. The Tiguan is a compact crossover in the same genre as the Honda CRV, Ford Kuga and Toyota Rav4. The Tiguan feels more special inside, the quality of the materials used on the interior feel and look every bit as good as an Audi Q5 or BMW X1, not many cars can compete in the same league.
The steering wheel and dash layout will be familiar to anyone who has driven a Golf, but the Tiguan has some unique touches like the metal surrounds on the air vents. If you go for the Match model you get Bluetooth, Park Assist and a Touchscreen radio with a slot for SD cards. I have an 8Gb in mine and can store thousands of songs in MP3 format.
The best selling model is likely to be the 2.0TDI Match. It has ample power and a high specification level. Impressive fuel economy for a Compact Crossover of 44.1 MPG and an impressive almost car like ride quality make this the ideal family car.
There is a more powerful 170ps 2.0TDI, but for me the 140ps has the best blend of performance and economy for most drivers.
I purchased a Tiguan about 4 months after they were released. I initially wanted to go for the Touareg but decided I didn't need something that big and went for the smaller Tiguan instead.
This is on the whole a well built car with the usual standard of quality you would expect from a VW. Not top end but nowhere near bottom. However, after owning the car for a couple of months I became less impressed with it. The car has very average handling and rolls around corners pretty badly. The interior is ok if not a bit bland. Fuel consumption isn't great either, I had a 2.0 Tdi and it was averaging about 27 mg, which I didn't think was great for a modern diesel CSUV.
The power from the engine is also very poor. It offers little pull for a small 4x4 and was quite noisy too. As usual all the fittings and the mechanics were pretty reliable ( I had a recall and my starter motor broke after 2 months from brand new!?), although any problems I had didn't surprise me as having owned Audi's and vw's in the past I know they can spend a bit of time in the garage due to niggly problems.
The 'build quality' people tend to rave about it the general build, e.g seats, door clunk, plastics etc etc and these were never a problem and so they shouldn't be, the mechanics with VW/Audi are a little different though. They do go wrong, consistently....
Interior space in the Tiguan is very good but the boot is lacking massively. It is tiny for a car this size. It is nice and high but has no depth what so ever. A good weekly shop will leave it full for a family of four.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this car. It didn't do anything wrong but then again I can't see it's purpose. It is too small to accomodate a large family and offers poor MPG. The boot is woefully inadequate and there is little luxury to compensate for the bad stuff. Engine choice is poor as is trim selection. I would say go for an A4 estate instead which offers loads more practicality, mpg, model choice, style and power.
We've had this car for 3 months now and it's one of the best cars we've ever had! We've had VWs before, and this is just a solidly built, nice plastics in the cabin, decent seats, good layout of the dash. Plenty of room for the kids in the back, and the boot is plenty big enough for the buggy plus a few bags for weekends away. We'd need a topbox to fit more stuff in for a proper holiday, but it comes with roof rails as standard. Our's is the 2L diesel and it easily does 40mpg, even pushing it sometimes. It's nice to drive, feels steady around corners and nippy too. The electronic handbrake takes a while to get used to, and you need to teach the kids not to pull it when you're driving along (our 4 year old can reach it when he's sat in the front), but there's a handy autobrake switch which engages the handbrake every time the vehichle stops, great in traffic, it releases automatically when you drive off. We had a Toyota Rav4 previously, and we prefer the VW, although we thought teh Rav was good too! The parking assist for parallel parking really works, the car steers itself while you operate the throttle, to get you into spaces perfectly! Weird to see the car steer itself at first, but very useful! It also nice that it's not very common, compared to say the Nissan Quasqui, which you see everywhere these days!