Volkswagen Tiguan: Driving experience

  • One of the best when talking about an engaging drive
  • 4MOTION system gives more grip in slippery conditions
  • Shame about that bland design though

One of the most impressive qualities that the VW Tiguan has going for it is how it drives. The VW Tiguan SE BlueMotion 2.0-litre 4MOTION 140PS may have an understated design but this is easily one of the best 4x4s on the market place when it comes to driving.

On the twisty stuff the Tiguan is a very capable car. Enthusiasts will be surprised at how well the 4x4 corners and it doesn't suffer too badly from body roll.

The six-speed manual gearbox has a smooth change although the diesel engine can drown conversations if you are revving it hard.

The Tiguan does have one or two flaws. Firstly, it is not a serious off roader. Yes, it will cope with traversing over a few fields but this is no mud-plugger. The 4MOTION is more of a safety device – it will give the driver extra grip in slippery conditions.

The system senses when a wheel starts to slip and increases power to the other wheels to maintain traction meaning that winter driving is completed with ease and doesn’t have to be a chore.

Rivals for the VW Tiguan include the BMW X1, the Honda CR-V and the Skoda Yeti. Buyers after these models are usually not overly bothered about off-roading, however, the Skoda Yeti is the car to have if you need to off-road.

Whether you are driving enthusiastically or not the VW Tiguan is a comfortable place to spend time in. The seats have adequate support for your back although it would be nicer to have a little more side support.

The VW Tiguan is one of the better 4x4s that we've driven. Under the dull exterior, there is a really good car that is engaging to drive. Now if the designers could just improve on that bland design...

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Total mileage: 6,942 miles

Average mpg: 39.0mpg