Although not among this year’s award-winners, the Tiguan is one of the star performers in the middle weight class.
For a 4×4, it’s an agile, fun car to drive solo, and enjoyable with a van on the back. It never felt less than secure, right up to the legal limit and beyond. In cornering, there was less roll than you’d expect for such a tall car, and plenty of grip, too. Al-Ko ATC data showed the van stayed true when slowing from high speeds.
The strong engine pulled the Tiguan from 30-60mph in just 15.2 seconds, and the brakes proved just as responsive as the throttle.
Inside, there’s space for four adults, although five is a bit of a squeeze, and boot space is rather tight.
Expect to pay more than £20,000 for the Tiguan, even after haggling. However, you should get back an impressive 47% of list price after three years, and fuel bills should be low. Official figures promise 42.8mpg.