2014 Volkswagen Tiguan 155 TSi Review
Dave Conole road tests and reviews the Volkswagen Tiguan 155 TSi.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the best examples of good things coming in small packages.
Remarkably however, that small package doesn’t equate to a cramped interior – quite the opposite really because for a small SUV it really is surprisingly spacious.
The Tiguan is what I would call ‘well engineered’ and does a great job of looking after its most important cargo – the human beings.
The range kicks off from $28,990, with the Tiguan 155 TSi featuring a larger turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG transmission. This grade of Tiguan is the flagship and is priced according – from $44,490.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0 litre engine that produces 155kW and a hefty 280Nm, in conjunction with the DSG transmission, the Tiguan offers a smooth drive with ample get-up-and-go. Fuel consumption comes in at a very reasonable 8.8L/100kms on the combined cycle.
On the road the Tiguan has a distinctly firm ride that minimises body roll in the corners, yet the taut-feeling suspension also does a great job of reducing intrusion of bigger bumps and cat’s eyes and the like.
The steering is quick and responsive, also providing good feedback with a tangible connection between road and driver. The AWD system provides ample grip.
Inside the cabin, well there’s some interesting and smart thinking. For example, there are eight air-conditioning vents on the dashboard (twice the usual four). These extra vents give additional coverage and flow to all corners of the cabin and it’s astoundingly effective.
The driving position is quite upright and takes a little getting used. While the centre touchscreen is a bit of a letdown – it displays radio station info…and that’s about it! In saying that satellite navigation and a reverse camera come standard in this grade of the Tiguan.
The Volkswagen Tiguan 155 TSi also comes standard with some generous inclusions, such as; tilt and reach steering adjustment, DVD player, daytime running lights, cooled glove box, voice recognition and auto headlights and wipers.
In the back, the rear passengers get airline style fold down tray-backs and legroom all-round is good. Cargo space with the seats up is plentiful enough for the usual weekly shopping etc.
The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan range is yet to be ANCAP tested.
Summing it up; all round the VW 155TSi Tiguan is a big car clothed in a small body, just the way the Doctor likes it.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 155kW and 280Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Three years
Price: From $44,490
Dave Conole owns and writes the independent vehicle review and news website – A Wheel Thing.
With over 15 years of automotive journalism and reviewing experience, plus front line experience in vehicle sales, Dave is proud to be aligned with Behind the Wheel.