2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Highline Review

Volkswagen Tiguan Road Test, Review

The new-generation Volkswagen Tiguan has made quite a splash in the mid-size SUV market in Australia.

Making a jump up from the small-SUV category in this new-gen model, the Volkswagen offering currently accounts for about 6.5% of the market.

A seven-seat Volkswagen Tiguan is also in the works, in the meantime though, Volkswagen Australia handed me the keys to the fastest Tiguan ever built - the 162TSI Highline version.

My test car was also fitted with the optional R-Line Package and that brings 20″ alloys, adaptive chassis control, progressive steering, and an R-Line body kit and interior enhancements.

It also boasted the $2,000 Driver Assistance Package with front and side cameras, distance control cruise control and the fully-digital (virtual cockpit) instrument panel.

All that together gives you a starting price for this vehicle of $56,490.

So this really is the absolute top end of the Tiguan range.

Some of the observations that I can make about the car that relate to all the different model grades, even the entry-level Trendline (from $31,990), include the impressive cabin space and excellent seating position.

You get the feeling with this vehicle that Volkswagen really put a lot of thought into what makes a really good small/mid-size SUV and followed through with that.

The boot space is excellent, aided by easy to use levers that allow for the quick fold down of the rear seat.

That seat folds quite flat too and I found the car easily swallowed up a better than decent load of boxes from everyone’s favourite Swedish furniture maker!

Rear seat legroom is good too and the rather square body shape provides for good shoulder room across the rear seat.

Headroom is good all-round too in the Tiguan.

Better than decent storage areas are also there, including handy roof mounted storage spots for things like sunglasses etc.

Like the Passat that I drove last week, the Tiguan features an adjustable centre armrest that allows you to get it into just the right spot.

Again though, a lack of digital radio is a disappointment.

Conversely, this top-spec model really does have an extensive list of features (even without the optional R-Line/Driver Packs).

The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline features:

  • Key proximity central locking
  • Reverse camera
  • Electric tailgate
  • Forward collision warning/mitigation
  • Electric parkbrake
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats

And in the back, the kids will love this! - fold out airplane style tables.

In regards to the drive experience, this vehicle is certainly a performance-focused offering with the 2.0 litre turbocharged engine delivering a spirited drive.

162kW/350Nm gives you better than you might expect acceleration.

The engine/transmission though, at low speeds/revs, can feel a little hesitant and unsure and that takes a little shine off.

While the low-profile tyres on the 20″ wheels, naturally, are a bit firm and unforgiving on poor road surfaces.

And I felt the buttons/controls around the base of the transmission/selector are a bit busy and can take your attention away if trying to work out which is which on the move (as below).

Overall though, especially in regards to the ‘big picture’ of the new Volkswagen Tiguan I would have to say that it is definitely an SUV that you would want to have on your test-drive list.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline

  • Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 162kW/350Nm
  • Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch auto
  • Safety: Five stars
  • Warranty: Three years
  • Origin: Germany
  • Price: from $48,490 (Highline)

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