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VW Tiguan Review – update

Sat, 18 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0700

Tiguan reviewer Stefan thinks the Tiguan has acceleration like a scalded cat.

Update 22/9/09: Check out our full review of the VW Tiguan R-Line

As we’ve reported before, VW are busy trying to find the next Clarkson by running a ‘People’s Reviewer’ competition to find the best amateur car reviewer in the UK.

And things are moving on. The voting is coming to a close on the first batch of contestents on the 19th, and the poll opens for the second lot on the 20th. But what have these reviewers discovered, with their somewhat unorthodox attempts at reviewing the VW Tiguan?

Well, there was a lot of focus on the roominess of the Tiguan, which is fair enough. It’s not small and does offer a decent amount of space. But one guy, Stefan – who is pictured above with the VW Tiguan – said the acceleration was ‘like a scalded cat’! Which confused us a bit. They’re testing the 2.0 TDI Tiguan – which is a competent enough car – but acceleration like a scalded cat? Sorry Stefan, but 0-60mph in 10.2 seconds is not going to hurt your neck much!

We’ve no argument that the Tiguan is a good performer – and pretty nimble for a 4×4 even in an urban environment – but it’s not a hot 4×4. Even the 2.0 litre TSI manages only 8 seconds to 60mph – which for this sort of car is pretty nippy – but we can’t agree that the diesel is startlingly quick. Still, I suppose it depends on what Stefan drives normally – a G-Whiz, perhaps?! (actually, he drives a C-Max, which I suppose if it’s the 1.6 it will make the Tiguan seem quick!).

Some good news for VW on the Tiguan this week though, with NCAP giving the Tiguan five stars for occupant protection and four stars for rollover safety. Pretty impressive.

If you want to have a look at Stefan’s Review click here.


By Cars UK