Despite its compact exterior dimensions – the Tiguan is 33cm shorter than a Passat – there’s plenty of space inside, and a 395-litre boot. The split-folding rear seats also slide to optimise luggage space or legroom. Fold them completely flat, and there’s 1,510 litres of luggage space.
On the road, the Tiguan is agile, composed and refined, with precise steering. Performance is brisk, with the 0-62mph sprint taking 10.5 seconds, but CO2 emissions of 189g/km put the diesel in road tax Band F. Thanks to its tall body there’s some roll in the bends and dive under braking, but it’s well controlled and doesn’t spoil the comfortable ride. Later this year, two more powerful 2.0-litre TSI petrol engines and a 168bhp 2.0-litre diesel will join the range.
By then the Tiguan will have even more competition, but VW has set a high benchmark for new arrivals in the competitive compact SUV class.