New Volkswagen Tiguan – My First Drive

Hello, Bob Aldons from Car Business with my opinion on the new Volkswagen Tiguan. Not too long ago, I could pretty much drive any new car that I wanted. It at least any of the brands that my dealerships sold – Volkswagen, jeep, Chrysler, ALFA Romeo, fiat, Isuzu, and dodge and sometimes, if time permitted any of the brands that my friends and colleagues had in their stables. Nowadays whilst I’d like to be an automotive journalist it’s been quite difficult to date to crack that carbon fibre ceiling. Car journos are a pretty tight club.

Volkswagen Tiguan
MY17 Volkswagen Tiguan – It’s like a pair of comfortable old shoes.

So when an industry colleague pulled up outside my office in a new Tiguan, he wasn’t dropping it off to me but “hey Clive” toss me the keys was better than the alternative of no car at all.  Now I’m not talking about a day behind the wheel, a lap or 3 around Phillip Island, or hoofing it up the eastern beach of Moreton island. No no. With about an hour (whilst Clive went to the gym) to do what I needed to do, it was jump in and “drive it like you stole it”

So the new Volkswagen Tiguan.  It’s a bit like pulling on a pair of really comfortable shoes.  It’s very familiar to the models I had to sell and the first impression is that it’s a little bigger, but only perhaps longer.

Inside, it’s typical Volkswagen – darkish interior, with charcoal trim, chrome look highlights, easy to read instrument cluster and that all too familiar new car smell that Volkswagens have.

On the road, its smooth – very tightly built, no noisy trims or rattles, but just that quality Volkswagen build. If nothing else and amidst the well-publicized dramas, Volkswagen still build great cars. The new 110kw engine, whilst lower in output than its predecessor at 118kw, loses nothing in comparison.



The 7 speed DSG transmission works typically well – no sign of gear slipping, just a smooth transition from gear to gear. There’s nothing to dislike with this engine-transmission combination.

Volkswagen Tiguan Interior
Nice interior – but perhaps a little bit too dark

Where the new Tiguan does get my tick is in the cargo area. Previous models of the Tiguan were challenged capacity wise. Whilst they’ll both take 5 occupants in comfort the old model could arguably just take a ‘family day out’ but that’s about all. Now you can take all the family gear, plus the family pet and a beach tent, and a lot more besides.The instrument cluster shows the tell-tale orange lines of lane departure, and on the road, I was SURPRISED to read on the cluster that the engine was running on 2 CYLINDERS even though I was driving in a local road environment.  Good news for the fuel economy conscious. I didn’t notice whether the Tiguan still had the stop-start system, but post drive research indicated that it still did.

My only concern from a Volkswagen viewpoint is that the price band is high. There’s a lot of competition in this segment and a lot of automatics in this size under $30,000. And they’re all great value for money. Advertised this weekend are Hyundai Tucson at $28,880 drive away, Renault Koleos $29990 and a Mitsubishi Outlander 7 seater at $29,990.

Volkswagen Tiguan - Plenty of Tech
Volkswagen Tiguan has a great range, cylinder deactivation and lane departure warning

So which demographic are VW aiming for? Their television advertising suggests younger families, probably 36 to 50 with a child or perhaps 2.4 children and a dog. VW advertising is slick and points to the buying demographic well. The opposition tend to aim at the same familiar demographic but those that want to get out of the city and into the great outdoors. Who’s more successful will be told in time.

VW is competing with some pretty strong warranty offerings in the segment. Mitsubishi and Hyundai with 5 years, whilst Kia are the industry’s strongest package with a 7 year warranty, road side assistance and capped price service as well. I hope that Volkswagen does well with Tiguan. It’s a tight package, well-published fuel economy figures, low environmental issues and a car that will service a family’s needs very well for years to come. As an aside, I’ve got a 2013 Tiguan in my driveway.  I know from experience that VW Tiguan’s age well. Mine is still tight and reliable even after 90,000 kilometres

Good on you Volkswagen – keep these nice cars coming

Car supplied courtesy of Clive Cadman of Northstar Volkswagen, Kippa-Ring. Ph. 34808600


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