Volkswagen Tiguan: A holiday trip

  • Tiguan proves comfortable, frugal and easy to drive
  • Boot is too small for colleague's golf clubs to lay flush
  • Features soft touch dash and high-quality plastics

I wanted comfort, four-wheel-drive, plenty of room for passengers and a decent amount of luggage space in the boot. Well, it was the Christmas holidays after all.

Looking around our long-term test fleet I knew only one car could deliver the majority of my wish list: Deputy Editor Tim Bowdler’s Volkswagen Tiguan.

It was easier to borrow the Tiguan from Tim over the festive period than I had expected. You see, I hadn’t realised that Tim's golf clubs won’t lie flush across the boot. That meant he wanted something else for the holiday - a great result for me.

The Tiguan is pretty much all the car you’d ever want. The styling may be understated for some, and it is never going to wow enthusiasts like our other long term car (the Ford Focus ST Estate), but it transports you to your destination in comfort and with minimum fuss.

Our model has lots of kit, including an iPod connection and a touchscreen entertainment system. This helps make the Tiguan a very comfortable place to spend time in, and there is plenty to keep passengers happy when on long journeys.

The steering wheel-mounted controls are also very good, while the reversing camera proved very useful in cramped town centres during the festive period. Whether it was last minute Christmas presents or the post-Christmas sales the camera made parking in tight spots a breeze - especially when positioning the car inside the Stena Line ferry for crossing the Irish Sea. It is certainly one of the clearest screens day or night.

Inside, the surroundings are fairly plush. The Volkswagen has a soft touch dash, while the plastics are of high quality. The driving position is excellent and there is plenty of bolstering for your back, while the side supports are fairly good and hold you in well when cornering.

Driving the Tiguan is a joy, as it completes everything with ease. There is a little engine noise when in sixth gear and at motorway speeds, but in the main the Tiguan is worthy of the VW badge. It’s robust, dependable and it’s fairly frugal too. During my trip it averaged 39.4mpg - not bad for a 4x4.

We filled the boot with Christmas presents for the trip to Northern Ireland but we had to lay our case on the rear seat as there wasn’t enough room left in the boot for our luggage. Unfortunately the boot is quite small but it is on a par with its rivals when it comes to load space with the seats in place – both the Honda CR-V and BMW X3 have similarly sized boots.

Unfortunately the temperature stayed above freezing and there was little frost and zero snow to contend with. January is well and truly upon us so maybe the weather will take a turn for the worse, enabling us to test the 4WD to its maximum potential.

Here’s hoping…

Total mileage: 2,613 miles

Average mpg: 39.4mpg