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Volkswagan Tiguan 2.0 TDI SE Tiptronic

Volkswagen

Review

Let’s start with a little quiz. Which is the only Volkswagen model to increase sales in the UK so far this year? Polo? Golf? Passat? No – the Tiguan, Volkswagen’s small SUV challenger.

Sales are up nearly 30% year-to-date, which is surprising not only because a manufacturer has actually increased sales of a model, but as it is a model that sits in the SUV sector.

There is a combination of factors behind the rise – the full engine line-up is now available, Volkswagen has added a sporty R Line trim level and, most importantly, the Tiguan is now available in a front-wheel drive version.

This 2.0 TDI model reduces CO2 emissions to below the crucial 160g/km writing down allowance threshold. With 155g/km of CO2 and combined fuel economy of 45.6mpg, it is the most sensible choice for any user-chooser.

Our four-wheel drive Tiguan – with Tiptronic automatic gearbox – has emissions of 199g/km and fuel economy of 37.7mpg.

In terms of an all-round vehicle the Tiguan is hard to fault – comfortable, easy to drive, well equipped and stylish.

On the downside, it’s thirsty and will cost company car drivers a lot more in benefit-in-kind tax – £230 a month for a 40% taxpayer.

The same driver could be behind the wheel of the manual front-wheel drive S model for £143 a month.

Having just taken the Tiguan on a 275-mile round trip, negotiating many notorious traffic blackspots, it seemed apt to assess its performance.

It’s quoted combined fuel economy of 37.7mpg could not be achieved as I battled through the M1, M25 and M4.

Disappointingly, even with the air conditioning off and employing the latest eco driving techniques, I struggled to reach 33mpg.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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