Volkswagen Tiguan: Welcome to the Parkers fleet

  • 2.0-litre SE basic price is £25,985
  • Options amount to a whopping £6,100
  • First 4x4 long-termer since Freelander 2

Over the past five years I have run a number of long-termers: a Volvo C30,  Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Passat, Kia Optima and so on, but oddly 4x4s have, well, passed me by.

In fact the last time I ran a 4x4 was in 2007 when I was working for another motoring outlet and that was when the second-generation Land Rover Freelander was launched.

It was a fairly short-lived affair. I had the bright orange Freelander 2 for only two months before I moved on, and although the paintjob was a little loud for my tastes it proved to be a decent motor.

I am hoping this 4x4 revisit, courtesy of the Tiguan, will be an equally harmonious partnership, and after just a couple of weeks I am getting a pretty good vibe from it.

It's everything I expected. No nonsense, dependable and robust but with decent handling qualities too. With temperatures dropping below freezing that four-wheel-drive drivetrain is giving me plenty of reassurance, particularly when I set off for work on the chilly early mornings.

So, it's a good start, and what's even more reassuring is the addition of myriad creature comforts.

This particular model is the Tiguan SE BlueMotion 2.0-litre 4MOTION 140PS six-speed manual, to be precise. The SE already has plenty of standard kit including 17-inch alloys, electric windows, park assist, multi-function leather steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and 60:40 split-folding rear seats. That's super, but we've gone a bit bonkers on the optional extras which are as follows:

  • Touchscreen sat nav/audio with MP3 and aux-in connectivity (£1,710)
  • Lane assist with high beam assist including cruise control (£740)
  • Panoramic sunroof (£935)
  • Front and rear carpet mats (£85)
  • 18-inch alloys upgrade (£495)
  • Leather upgrade with heated, adjustable seats (£1,640)
  • Metallic paint (£495)
  • Total for optional extras - £6,100

Now that's a lot of kit and it pushed the purchase price well over £30k. It could be worse though - you could easily spend more on a BMW X3 with less kit.

It is then, a lot of car for quite a lot of money. Whether it proves to be worth it is debatable and we'll no doubt be debating that at the end of the six-month test. Should be interesting. 

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Total mileage: 597 miles

Average mpg: 38.5mpg