Our Cars: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 150 DSG

2 July 2018: Am I wrong about this car?

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Current mileage 3752
Claimed economy 47.9mpg
Actual economy 41.2mpg

You know when you have an opinion that seems completely at odds with the general consensus? This happened to me the other week when I stopped watching I, Daniel Blake about an hour in, bored to tears. Terrible film. It played out like a Gateshead College second year film studies project, I thought.

Then I checked out its Metacritic page and discovered that it’s not only universally liked, but won a Palme d’Or. What do I know, eh?

So it is with the Tiguan, sort of. I do like it – I really like it – but I just don’t appear to hold it in the same esteem as other people do. Sure, I appreciate its fine build quality, its superb ergonomics, its ostensibly imperious engineering and, of course, its crossover style versatility. But I also find it a bit…well, boring. I see it in purely utilitarian terms, rather than something to be desired, you know?

But that view doesn’t seem to chime. When I tell people I’m running a Tiguan they tend to respond with a slightly wide eyed nod of approval. And once, when I was loading it up with stuff after the HJ Awards, I returned to find our website editor David engaged in conversation about it with two blokes. They were both very eager to learn about the Tiguan, and both admiring it keenly. 

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                         Is this badge worth £3,000? Not literally...over a SEAT, I mean. 

The price of the thing – and the existence of the similarly sized T-Roc - suggests that Big Volkswagen, too, sees this as a premium and highly desirable product.

I mean, take a Tiguan and a SEAT Ateca with the same engine – the 150PS TSI petrol, say – and you’ll pay roughly £3,000 more for the Tiguan.

I think I’d rather save the money, to be honest. Mainly because the two feel very similar in terms of their size, build quality, ride and handling. Maybe I just don’t esteem the Volkswagen badge as highly as others do?

And, you know, none of this is to criticize the Tiguan itself, which is largely flawless. I just find this situation interesting. It’s not as though I’m calling it an amateur piece of work – an I, Volkswagen Tiguan. That would be a terrible car. 

« Earlier: Six is a crowd     Later: The (oil) burning question... »

Updates
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2 July 2018: Am I wrong about this car?
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