Editor: Jason”The Bok” – Date: 21 Feb 2017

The compact SUV segment has seen massive growth recently. With many automakers joining the battle to create the ultimate compact SUV, the battle is becoming increasingly tough. Volkswagen has always had a solid hold on this space with the previous generation Tiguan selling in excess of 3-million units worldwide.

I think you’ll agree with me that this latest generation Tiguan built on the NQB platform is arguably amongst the best looking compact SUV’s on the road today!

Tiguan - 1On The Road

With its 1.4-litre engine and DSG gearbox, the Tiguan 1.4T develops 110 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque. Owing to clever valve management, the engine cylinders shut down when not in use, this means that no unnecessary energy is wasted and ultimately leads to improved efficiency and economy figures.

The turbocharged fuel stratified injection (TSI) gives the Tiguan its necessary extra punch off the line and despite its small capacity, the 1.4-litre delivers very impressive and smooth power. Over my week long test predominantly in urban-based conditions, I averaged between 8-9 L/100 km.


For this latest generation, Volkswagen really has upped the game. The interior is comprised of premium soft-touch materials with a clean, minimalistic cabin providing an overall sense of air and “roominess.”

Owing to the NQB platform (as used on VW Golf & Audi A3 models) the new Tiguan sits wider and lower to the ground when compared to its predecessor and this leads to an overall more generous amount of space for both the front and rear passenger compartments.

Tiguan - 5I was extremely impressed to find fold-out rear picnic tables, a USB charging slot and 12v power socket available for the convenience of rear passengers.

The Tech

The all-new Tiguan is loaded with clever technology. The vehicle which I drove was fitted with several options which were very impressive. The large digital instrumentation cluster, costing an additional R8,000 provides a crisp and clear fully customisable interface.

The media infotainment system is available as either a 6.5-inch or 8-inch display. With the 8-inch option, the system includes full navigation. The system also includes the incredibly elegant proximity based sensor which ensures that the system utilises the most optimum amount of screen “real-estate” to perform its required tasks.

Tiguan - 2Media is deliverable through everything from USB, a 3.5mm audio slot, Bluetooth streaming, SD card as well as iPod connector on top of your more conventional sources.

Pricing, Warranty & Options To Consider 

The Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 DSG Comfortline R-Line costs R465 000 (base) and comes backed with VW’s 3-years/120 000 km warranty and 5-years/90 000 km service plan. Service intervals take place every 15 000 km.

Tigaun - 3The vehicle under review was fitted with several options and the below are the ones that I would certainly include in my own Tiguan:

  • Panoramic Sunroof –  R10,500
  • Digital Instrument Cluster – R8,000
  • Vienna Leather Upholstery – R9,700
  • Dynaudio Surround Sound System – R13,000
  • Electric Tailgate – R5,000

To Conclude

It is clear that this all-new Tiguan comes as a result of extensive vehicle development and testing. The end product is therefore as refined and well-built as it is incredibly attractive. The all-new Tiguan is arguably one of the best looking compact SUV’s that money can buy!

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