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A sharper and boxier ride

Volkswagen Autohaus Fiji
Saturday, January 27, 2018

When it comes to new model launches, they don't really get more vital than the all-new 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan.

It looks completely different to how it used to: it's bigger in nearly every direction, it has new underpinnings and drivetrains, and it has stepped up a level in terms of pricing and equipment, too. But is it any better than it used to be?

The all-new Volkswagen Tiguan ushered in a new styling language for the brand's SUV range — it is boxier, more muscular and while from some angles it looks like a miniature version of the Touareg, it's much sharper in its entirety.

More important than its looks, though, is the fact the new Tiguan is more spacious inside. The previous model was always short on space compared with its rivals, particularly in the boot area.

But that's not the case anymore. The boot is now capable of swallowing 520 litres of stuff, where it used to hold just 395L.

And while the boot is now a lot bigger, it can expand even further thanks to a sliding second row seat that allows up to 615 litres of luggage storage, which VW claims is the best in class. If you flip these seats down, you've got 1655L — huge.

Not only is the boot significantly more usable, the back seat is vastly improved for space, too. There's a great deal more room in the second row outboard seats, and ISOFIX child seat attachment points are fitted for those with little ones.

Then you have the other smart bits: in the higher-spec models, the flip-up tables like those you get on a plane are pretty cool, and speaking of cool you've also got rear air vents, including temperature controls in the mid-spec model and up. There's a huge ceiling-mounted drop-down storage box between the front seats, too.

The cockpit is so much nicer up front, now - the old Tiguan was around for ages, and its dash design really left a lot to be desired.

With the new model, though, there's a stunning change: the big digital instrument cluster is easily the most modern of any SUV in this class, and there's a huge media screen with touch controls, too.

The requisite connectivity is accounted for, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone connectivity standard, as well as Bluetooth. Some models have sat-nav (Comfortline and above), but all models have a rear-view camera.

Storage has been completely rethought up front too, with plenty of little storage areas and a pair of funny little cup holders that pop out & shy;- Neat!

There are big door pockets that are flocked, which is great for stopping things from rattling around but not so good if you're a snacker - expect chips and chocolate to be a bit of a pain.

The specification you choose will determine the trim you get inside, and also the inclusions you get. And if you get any version with the 4Motion all-wheel drive system, you have a rotary dial selector for different drive modes.

The base model Tiguan Trendline has front-wheel drive with a smaller petrol engine, but if you like the spec of the Comfortline model there's a diesel version too. You can get the most powerful petrol and diesel engines in the top-spec Highline versions.

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