Tiguan no 2
Added: 16th of November 2013
This is my second Tiguan. I part exchanged the old one after 5 years use and 40k miles. The old car had been very reliable throughout. I received 47% of what I originally paid as a part exchange price as well as a good discount on the new one. So the residual value was very good. The new one is much improved in many ways. I now have the 177 bhp with DSG gearbox. The car Is much quieter and the ride much better (no sport suspension this time). The car comes with the basic SatNav RNS315. This is adequate in most respects and links with traffics reports. You cannot scroll over the map and it cannot be upgraded to have speed cameras. The DAB radio appears very good and overall the sound if fine and better than my old car. The SD reader is much faster now the old being very slow. The computer functions and steering wheel controls much improved. The auto stop and stop start function are good but can sometime be annoying and need to be turned off in certain situations. I bought the original Tiguan in 2008 as there was no other similar car around: diesel automatic. The car is very compact and the boot quite small but the rear seat can be moved back and forth to get a good compromise. I went through my first pair of front tyres in 11,000 miles. The next lasted for over 20,000. The tyres are expensive and having to replace them slows you down. My wife also likes the car with high driving position and feeling very comfortable and secure. Therefore when it came to replacement the Tiguan still seemed ideal even though there are now many competitors. I have found the VW dealers to be very helpful particularly Crawley VW on their service side. Overall I would highly recommend the car particularly with the larger engine. We regularly get about 47 mpg on a motorway journey. The car has only done 1500 miles and overall the consumption is 43 mpg and getting better. One gripe is the lack of standard equipment although as it has more competition and due for replacement in 2015 is has improved with SatNav, parking sensor with auto parking ( they do work but scary taking you hands of the wheel when parking) and dab radio. I never expected to use it in ernest but it is great in adverse conditions and always gets through snow etc. just have to remember that stopping on snow is another matter.