Andrew Chesterton road tests and reviews the Volkswagen Tiguan with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch.

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The new Volkswagen Tiguan has been super-sized in just about every way. For one, it's larger than the car it replaces - so much bigger, in fact, that its jumped from the small to medium-sized SUV category. That's because it's both longer and wider than the outgoing car, meaning more room for passengers and luggage.

It arrives with a bigger suite of safety features and in-car technology, too. Not to mention a gigantic weight of expectation - this new model has been eight years in the making, which is a lifetime in the world of cars, leaving VW woefully underdone in the city SUV category.

So then, we know that the new Tiguan is bigger than its predecessor. But the question is, it better, too?

The new Tiguan range arrives with a choice of petrol or diesel engines including a 1.4-litre entry-level petrol, which is joined at launch by a mid-strength, 2.0-litre petrol. The top-line 162kW 2.0-petrol borrowed from the GTI hot hatch arrives early next year. In the Diesels, there's a 2.0-litre power plant on offer, but tuned to deliver 110kW or 140kW, depending on your budget.

The Tiguan also arrives with three distinct trim levels, the entry-level Trendline, the mid-range Comfortline and the top-spec Highline, but VW should commended for the level of standard safety kit included right across the range: All Tiguans arrive with AEB, Lane Assist, fatigue detection, rear-view camera and park assist, which will take over steering when you're parking. Add to that seven airbags, and the Tiguan offers among the most comprehensive standard safety packages available.

The Tiguan's new dimensions are all about increasing interior space, which was one of the main complaints about the outgoing model. As a result, the wheelbase has grown by 76mm while the car's width has grown by 30mm. And you can feel it here in the back, with plenty of space for second-row passengers, and rear seat that sits on these rails so you can shift it back and forth as requires.

And there's plenty of room in the boot, too. Space back here has grown from 395-litres with the rear seats up to a massive 615 litres, helped by being able to slide the rear seats forward. Drop the rear seats, and you'll get ??? litres, up 145 litres on the outgoing car. That's a lot of numbers, but the point is this: there is a ton of room back here for groceries, sports gear of whatever else you might need to carry.

The Tiguan is the first VW Group SUV to be built using the Golf's MQB platform, and the result is an SUV that feels a lot like you're driving a bigger Golf. It's refined regardless of whether you're driving the petrol or the diesel, the suspension absorbs all but the harshest of bumps and there's a quietness to the cabin. None of the engines currently available offer all the much outright performance - though that will improve with the 162kW petrol next year, but all models feel nicely composed, even on more challenging roads. - Buy cars. Sell cars. Simple.

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    • Far Que
      Far Que

      Why doesn't anyone show the TDI annoying engine auto stop start feature driving in city, when you have to stop every 3 -5 seconds for long periods of time.... you could be pumper to bumper for 30 minuets. Lets see this in action ?????

      about 1 year ago
    • u2good2b4gotn
      u2good2b4gotn In reply to Far Que

      Can't you simply deactivate this feature?

      about 5 months ago
    • ytang wu
      ytang wu

      tiguan L

      about 1 year ago
    • Charlie Montero
      Charlie Montero

      Good review and there is a seven passengers Tiguan also

      about 2 years ago
    • Khb 888
      Khb 888 In reply to Charlie Montero

      Yeah the Allspace, which I personally feel isn't worth it as it offers extra 30cm of space

      about 6 months ago
    • Косяк Тихоновецкого
      Косяк Тихоновецкого

      Andrew superb.Welcome to Russia!

      about 2 years ago
    • Lonely Traveller
      Lonely Traveller

      How much money did you guys get for giving VW the COTY award?

      about 2 years ago
    • Lonely Traveller
      Lonely Traveller In reply to Lonely Traveller

      At least the car still has good resell value with the lower kms, what are you, a bloody moron?

      about 2 years ago
    • Lonely Traveller
      Lonely Traveller In reply to Lonely Traveller

      No because of all the controversy with the diesel cheating scheme and the reliability issues and poor customer service I wanted to see if the judges put those factors into consideration, but obviously not. BTW I can afford to buy a Tiguan but really, why the hell would I when there are better vehicles out there that better VW quality and service. Not to mention better warranties as well. The users that have replied to my comment clearly show what type of people buy VW. Pretentious, Smug, and Ignorant

      about 2 years ago
    • John Sullivan
      John Sullivan In reply to Lonely Traveller

      +Pickles Jar:
      So, why are you watching Tiguan reviews ? Go on and buy a Kia and forget about the Tiguan !
      The truth is, you are just trying to justify to yourself your inability to afford a Tiguan ... that's just sour grapes!

      about 2 years ago
    • Lonely Traveller
      Lonely Traveller In reply to Lonely Traveller

      Korean crap?? Have you even driven one lately? At least the Korean cars will go on longer than a Volkswagen built to fall apart after 60,000kms.

      about 2 years ago
    • John Lazar
      John Lazar

      Good review man

      about 2 years ago