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Roomy cabin and best in class luggage space

Talking further on the new Volkswagen Tiguan SUV – launched last September – the range of 2.0-litre turbo petrol and diesel models expanded this week with the arrival of the potent 162 TSI Highline variant – more on that model when I get a chance to drive it. Of the seven VW Tiguan’s now available I drove the mid-range volume seller, the turbo-petrol 132TSi Tiguan Comfortline in all-wheel- drive at $41,490 – With 7-speed DSG automatic. This second generation Volkswagen SUV has grown from small to medium – its roomy in the cabin with best in class luggage space – a five-seater that exudes a premium feel. The styling a little conservative and not that adventurous but nicely executed – the Tiguan classy with nice finishes and able to rub shoulders with dearer SUV’s from Germany in the prestige class and herein lies its appeal. Prices have risen but so too has active and passive safety, refinement and convenience equipment – a rear vison camera, sat nav, and colour multi-function display standard. Some nice touches too on the Comfortline model like a folding table on the front seat backs, 3-zone climate control air with rear vents, storage drawers under the front seats and an extended roof storage console. Disappointments on the Comfortline were the lack of an electric tailgate and steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles, two items that are just so convenient. All aspects of the 132TSi Tiguan’s driving personality were very pleasing indeed with great engine performance, steering, ride and handling. I’m David Berthon

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