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First Drive: Volkswagen Tiguan review

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BIK List Price
£21,560
Volkswagen Tiguan BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Volkswagen Tiguan BIK Percent
CO2
110g/km
Volkswagen Tiguan CO2
Combined MPG
53.3
Volkswagen Tiguan MPG

Review

Marketing efforts will concentrate more on ‘pull’ than ‘push’ when the latest version of the Volkswagen Tiguan reaches the showrooms in the next few weeks.

Despite achieving a relatively modest annual sales volume, the compact sport utility vehicle enjoys a bigger share of fleet market business than any other car in the German company’s model line-up in Britain – and VW UK fleet services head Vince Kinner is aiming to keep it that way.

“Fleet customers account for more than half the total of 9,500 units we sell each year to give this car a 14 per cent share of a market sector that is small but significant.

“We are well aware of the need to protect residual values with such a low volume product, so we will try to restrict sales into push channels and keep the Tiguan out of the daily rental sector. We want to focus our efforts in the ‘pull’ area instead and aim to concentrate on the true fleet market,” he said.

Higher power and lower tailpipe emissions are major features of the new range, which goes on order at the end of the month with deliveries expected to start in September.

Three new petrol engines boast greater output, but best-of-both-worlds performance comes from new and revised two-litre diesel motors.

Developing 110PS for front-drive models, the new unit achieves 139g/km and 53mpg economy, allowing VW to claim its car is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs available. And while delivering the same output as before, the 150g/km achieved by the latest 140PS unit means the versions it powers are in a lower VED band.

Both 110 and 140 units are packaged with BlueMotion Technology features that include stop-start and a regeneration system that guarantees a fully charged battery at all times.

But an innovation on models fitted with VW’s slick-change seven-speed twin clutch automated transmission also boosts economy by putting the engine on idle each time the accelerator is released while the car is running at cruising speeds.

In effect, it allows the car to freewheel for considerable distances when conditions allow, but it is also smart enough to remain inoperative when engine braking is needed.

New smart assistance systems available include fatigue detection equipment to counteract loss of concentration from the driver and options like Lane Assist to keep the car on course and gadgetry that makes switching between dipped and high beam headlights a thing of the past.

Author: Maurice Glover

Stats based on the 2.0TDI S 2WD

Fuel costs
In its latest form, VW’s popular two-litre motor maintains all its performance and refinement but still and manages to squeeze more miles from each gallon than its predecessor
CO2 emissions
Substantial improvements in carbon dioxide emissions – from 164g/km to 150g/km – mean the new 140PS-powered Tiguan drives into a lower VED band.
Residual values
Significant upgrades in performance and packaging are likely to further reinforce the Tiguan’s strong residual values.
Driver appeal
Thanks to car-like handling, reassuring grip through corners and light controls, the Tiguan is a great all-round for business and family use – and it has the power to haul 2,500kg trailer loads into the bargain.
FN Verdict
Always a favourite for its comfort and capabilities, the latest Tiguan now boasts improved kerbside appeal from a cosmetics upgrade that makes it look much like a smaller version of the Touareg.
Top Speed
118mph
Volkswagen Tiguan Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Volkswagen Tiguan Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Volkswagen Tiguan Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £8,650
4 Year 80k : £6,900
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 36.30
4 Year 80k : 33.24

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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