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10 things we learned about the Volkswagen Tiguan

Date: 30 January 2017   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Small 4x4
Key rival: Ford Kuga
Model tested: SEL Off-Road 2.0 TDI 150 4Motion DSG
Price as tested: £38,460

Can the most rufty-tufty Tiguan cut it as an off-roader? Al Suttie finds out.

1 - Living in the sticks sometimes requires the need for a proper 4x4, so the Tiguan SEL Off-Road should excel here.

2 - Greater 24-degree approach and departure angles with this model help when slithering along unmade tracks.

3 - Even so, I was a little ginger about tackling too much of the rough stuff for fear of catching the front bumper.


4 - No such worries about traction thanks to the 4Motion all-wheel drive that kept us moving on mud and snow.

5 - Different settings for the 4x4 system also help fine tune it to the conditions, though Off-road covers most eventualities.

6 - The seven-speed DSG 'box makes light work of controlling gear selection and shifts when off-road.


7 - 150hp from the 2.0-litre turbodiesel is sufficient for driving in the wilds, but we'd like some more oomph on the motorway.

8 - For company drivers who need some dirt-defying ability, the Tiguan is a decent choice, so 149g/km CO2 emissions are just about acceptable.

9 - So is 49.6mpg combined fuel economy, though during our time with the car this was more like high 30s.

10 - The Tiguan Off-Road has a niche appeal the rest of the range cannot muster, so is worth a look for business drivers who head further afield.