What is it?
VW's Tiguan is a Golf-based compact SUV for all-weather, all-road family activities. Our test car was the $53,250 Tiguan TDI, with the 103kW 2.0-litre diesel engine delivering its 320Nm torque load from 1750 to 2500rpm via a six-speed auto and all-wheel drive.
Our family-oriented test proved the value of the 470-litre boot, which expands to a cavernous 1510 with the back seats folded, and this Tiguan handles as capably as any car.
This one had 18-inch wheels and bi-xenon headlights at $2250 and $3000, stability control, six airbags, and the very clever parking assistant.
Great attention to detail: from the fold-up picnic tables to the boot floor flap that covers the gap when the rear seats are folded down; to the fact these second row seatbacks tilt to help kids go to sleep. The children get their own air vents, too.
Diesel engine's noisier than we expect from Euro diesels - and the 8.4l/100km consumption we achieved was well adrift of the claimed 7.0.