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Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan - highly commended in the safest new cars 2017 awardsThe second generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan has improved markedly on the original version of the Golf-based crossover, and is a far more suitable family chariot.

Assuming you are ready to forgive Volkswagen for its emissions-cheating scandal, the new Tiguan makes a good case for itself in the compact crossover/SUV market. Inside, it looks just like a Golf but it’s still a slick place to spend time and cover miles in comfort.

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Seven engines are available, three petrol and four of the evil VW diesels, with a mix of 2WD and 4WD among the mix. There are five trim levels to choose from, but all have an excellent standard safety specification with more advanced technology available at extra cost, so your kids will thank you even if Greenpeace doesn’t.

All Tiguans have a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, and the Tiguan was also highly commended by Thatcham for its high levels of both passive safety and active safety technology. A head-up display and lane departure warning system are both standard.

The latest Tiguan went on sale in the UK in June 2016. To discover more about how we rated it, read The Car Expert review of the new Volkswagen Tiguan.

And now onto the remaining finalists:
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Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.


  1. I purchased a brand new Jeep 3ltr Summit on the with Sept 2015.when it was serviced the garage who sold me my car damaged the interior so I took in to a local jeep dealer.During the conversation I found out the car was 13 month old when i purchased it .Can I do anything about it.

    • Stuart Masson

      Hi Richard. A car is legally considered brand new when it is first registered, not when it was built. As long as the car complies with all legislation at time of registration, it doesn’t matter how old it is. It is very common for cars to sit around for months or even more than a year after being built before being registered.

      Your new car warranty commenced on the day it was first registered, not when it was built, so you haven’t lost anything there. A dealer is not obliged to tell you when a car was built, although if you ask then they have to answer you honestly. They are also not required to disclose minor damage unless you ask about it.

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