2010 Volkswagen Tiguan | new car review

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 by

The Tiguan is a from Volkswagen that shares the same platform as the previous generation Golf hatchback.

This gives away its slant, although it does have a high ground clearance for the lightest of off-road journeys. It was introduced in 2007 and features a fairly stiff suspension, as befits its description as an SUV “with the design of a genuine sports car” (Volkswagen’s words, not ours).

The Tiguan seats five and has a 470-litre boot that can be expanded to 1,510 litres by folding down the rear row of seats. It will happily pull up to 2.5-tonnes of trailer.

Several versions of the Tiguan are available, with a choice of two engines. Both are 2.0-litre affairs; one is naturally aspirated and makes 170bhp while the other is turbocharged and makes 200bhp. Both are attached to dual-clutch DSG gearboxes, which promise quicker and smoother shifts than a regular automatic transmission.

Exactly what versions of the Tiguan are available will depend on your local dealer, but each package has a slightly different slant. The Track and Field version boasts nominal off-road equipment such as under body protection and hill descent control, while the Sport and Style edition is aimed at city dwellers and features 17-inch alloy wheels and standard cruise control.

Other available features include a panoramic sunroof and Park Assist, which operates the steering automatically during parallel paring. To help further, a rear view camera is available, as is satellite navigation. Hill Start assist stops the Tiguan rolling backwards when pulling away from standstill on a slope.

3 Responses to 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan | new car review

  1. Pankaj Dev Reply

    September 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Tiguan is a smallish SUV/Crossover based on a car platform. If you are looking at buying this, forget offroading, maybe just a drive over rubble for that hard to find parking space will do, expect nice interiors and also look at vehicles like the Honda CRV for example. The Japs have an advantage of higher acceptability mainly due to lower maintenance costs and reasonably high resale values as compared to other brands. Does this help?
    What are you looking for and what is it that you really want us to answer?

  2. Phill Tromans Reply

    September 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    This is just a buyer’s guide to what’s available on the market, not a road test. We’ve yet to drive the Tiguan at the time of writing this, so I can’t offer you a detailed opinion on it.

  3. Farhan Reply

    September 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    So whats the verdict? I want to know what is the bottom line of your review? It seems to me that you just copy and paste the material available at VW site!

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