Our Cars: Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TFSI 4Motion

1 June 2017: Fifty shades of Volkswagen grey

The Details

Current mileage 233
Claimed economy 38.2mpg
Actual economy 29.2mpg

I live on a new(ish) housing development. We used to call them estates when I was younger but apparently it's a 'development' now. As new areas go, it's quite a nice one. It's on the site of what was once a Victorian hospital, which has now been turned into luxury apartments complete with a posh gym and spa. Of course. And on what were the grounds there are now lots of houses.

As you'd expect. It's all very middle England with very polite neighbours who keep their gardens impeccable and have John Lewis lorries delivering things during the week. And the cars on the driveways reflect this. The Discovery Sport is a particular favourite as is the Qashqai. Plus lots of Audi Q3s and BMW X1s.

And now it seems like we've joined the hordes with our new arrival - the Volkswagen Tiguan. If any car says 'middle class family' this is it. It's even grey (Indium Grey metallic actually) so it blends in. You don't want to create an eyesore after all. 

The Tiguan covers the middle ground when it comes to crossovers. It's image may not be as premium as a BMW, but it's a cut above a Honda or a Nissan. Which is certainly reflected in the price. Our Tiguan is a high spec SEL model but even with that considered, it's still expensive at £32,975. 

Volkswagen Tiguan Wheel

                                   SEL models come with sleek 19-inch alloys as standard

That's not to say you have to spend this much. The Tiguan range starts at £23,250 for a 1.4 TSI in basic S trim. But judging by the other Tiguans I've seen on the roads of late, it's the SEL and R Line models that people are buying. And both of those start at more than £30k.

So does it justify that price tag? Well you certainly get plenty for your money in terms of standard equipment. Our car comes with 19-inch alloy wheels (which complement the grey paintwork really well), a full length panoramic glass roof, which is proving very popular with our two-year-old daughter, navigation and adaptive cruise control. Just to mention a few. 

In fact the only things it doesn't come with which you might expect of a high spec model are leather seats - a £1500 option - and a reversing camera, which is another £300. Saying that, we were still able to somehow add on more than £4000 of optional extras including the head-up display, an electric tailgate with the keyless entry package, Dynamic Chassis Control (an eye-watering £810) and the upgraded Discover Navigation Pro which was the most expensive addition at £1390.

The one thing the Tiguan certainly does not feel is cheap. It has a quality interior with a premium feel to it, from the lovely leather steering wheel with its piano black inserts to the Active Info Display - a high res screen that replaces the conventional instrument dials. Everything works with real precision and a rewarding weight. So early impressions are very favourable. Will that last? We have six months to find out. 

    Later: Why we chose a petrol rather than diesel Tiguan... »

Updates
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1 June 2017: Fifty shades of Volkswagen grey
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