The Volkswagen Tiguan is a popular and well-sized compact SUV, delivering good levels of interior equipment and build quality. Popular with young families as well as those wanting a slightly raised driving position, the Tiguan is offered in a variety of specifications. To make choosing one easier, we’ve picked three of the best, taking into account three different price points.
The smart choice for saving money – Tiguan S
Although the S is the base specification in the range, it still offers an impressive amount of standard equipment. Inside, drivers will find air conditioning and a full colour infotainment system, as well as electric windows and a multifunction computer.
A heated rear window should be useful during winter, and a three-spoke steering wheel adds to a variety of styling touches that help lift the car’s interior.
Outside, a black radiator grille gives the Tiguan a sporting edge, while body coloured bumpers give the car a premium edge. As well as this, there’s 16-inch alloy wheels giving an added visual dynamic to the car.
We’d go for the 2.0-litre diesel engine, as it provides the best combination of power and economy. Coming in at £22,975, the Tiguan S represents good value for money.
The smart choice for those on a budget – Tiguan Escape
The Escape builds on the equipment that is offered with the S, but also gives more design elements that help it go off road.
First and foremost, the Escape features underbody protection at the front of the car, to prevent mechanical parts of the underbody being damaged when off-roading. There’s also Hill Descent Assist, which helps the car tackle steep slopes in a variety of different conditions.
Inside, there’s a cooled glovebox ideal for keeping water or snacks in. As well as this, there’s folding tables on the back of the front seats, which are perfect for children to use on long journeys. A storage compartment in the roof console builds on the Tiguan’s already impressive amount of luggage space.
Bluetooth connectivity is also included, and can be controlled via the leather multifunction steering wheel.
Outside, chrome plated roof rails and window surrounds maintain the Tiguan’s premium image, while 17-inch alloys help complete the look.
Under the bonnet, we’d specify the 2.0-litre engine that also features in the S. However, the unit here produces slightly more power, and drives all four wheels. The Escape comes in at £27,980.
The smart choice for technophiles – Tiguan R-Line
The R-Line is the ideal choice for those who love buttons to press and technology to try out. Although coming in at £29,520, the Tiguan has a significant amount of included equipment onboard.
With sport suspension, the R-Line is visually different to the rest of the range from the outset. As well as that, there’s Bi-Xenon front lights and 18-inch alloy wheels. A complete R-Line styling kit completes the look, giving the Tiguan an even beefier appearance.
Inside, there’s sports front seats trimmed in Vienna leather – both of which are height and lumbar adjustable.
Volkswagen’s Discover Navigation is also fitted as standard, as well as stainless steel pedals and a black headliner. Climate control is also fitted, and front footwell illumination brightens up the well-made cabin.
Sat at the top of the range, the R-Line does bring with it the biggest premium in the range, but for technophiles there’s few better choices.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
April 8, 2016