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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Anyone who’s previously owned a Volkswagen will instantly be at home behind the wheel of the Tiguan. The driver’s seat is multi-adjustable and the steering wheel moves for both height and reach, which makes it easy to find a comfortable driving position.

The elevated driving position gives a commanding view of the road and visibility is good – although small wing mirrors and blind spots mean it’s not quite perfect. The layout of the controls is excellent and they’re easy to use on the move.

The Tiguan was the first Volkswagen model to be fitted with a touch screen satellite navigation system. Available on top models, it’s intuitive, easy to get to grips with and surprisingly versatile. Changing between 3D and 2D map layout is simple – it’s even possible to scroll the map and change the scale using just your finger on the touch-screen. Another first for the system is a built-in hard-drive on which MP3 music files can be stored. SD cards and MP3 CDs are also compatible.

Volkswagen Tiguan comfort levels are fairly high. Thanks to an excellent ride and minimal wind and road noise, all on board should find it comfortable. The fit-and-finish of the cabin is excellent and there’s an upmarket feel inside while buyers who opt for the panoramic sunroof will get an exceptionally light interior. Legroom is a little tight in the back, although the car’s width means that there’s plenty of room for three rear passengers.

The diesel engines are particularly good for motorway cruising thanks to their relaxed nature.