2015 Tiguan Comfortline 4Motion. Compact SUV has much to offer.

2015-volkswagen-tiguan-4motionThe compact 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is a rather good, modern, contemporary vehicle and ups the ante with higher quality, sophistication and refinement in this sector.

Our tester was a very nice 2015 Tiguan Comfortline 4MOTION model Titan Beige metallic with a Titan Black leatherette interior and Six- speed auto transmission. Base price for our tester was $34,700 and came equipped with the Option Technology package; ($2,075) Appearance package, ($1,740) Total came to options $3,825 for an as tested price of $38,525. (Freight and PDI $1,610 Excise AC tax $100).

The Appearance package includes 18 inch alloy wheel and silver roof rails, while the Comfortline adds privacy glass, panoramic power sunroof, heated seats and washer nozzles, six-CD/MP3 stereo, Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, power reclining driver’s seat, heated “leatherette” comfort seats, and leather-wrapped multifunction wheel. 4Motion all-wheel drive models have leatherette upholstery.

One high point is the Tiguan’s cabin which features higher quality and soft touch surfaces; that are better quality than most of its competitors. What buyers do get is sleek Euro design and cabin ambience. The Comfortline adds metallic accents to Climatronic dual zone climate control to the interior and a rear view camera.

Controls are large and well placed and ergonomics superb. Firm, well-shaped seats are comfortable -interior room is good and the 60/40-split-folding rear seat has a cargo pass-through in the middle. The rear seat also slides fore and aft to improve either rear legroom or cargo space and the backrest also reclines. The rear seat pass-through is a good idea and still allows four riders and longer items to be carried inside together. Also cool, is the fold-flat front passenger seat that enables a longer item (up to 2.5 metres in length) to be carried inside the Tiguan with the tailgate closed. Passengers liked the power panoramic moonroof which adds a light and airy feel to the cabin. The easy to master controls, touch screen and the eight-speaker Fender sound system from the optional Technology package are also delightful features. The only downside is the Tiguan’s smallish 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space. With the second-row seat folded down, maximum capacity doubles to 56.1 cubic feet, still less than its rivals.

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder engine producing 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional. Transmission is either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Fuel consumption ranges from City: 11.4 L/100 km to Highway: 8.3 L/100 km depending on whether it is front wheel or all-wheel drive. Standard safety equipment on the Tiguan includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and more.

The turbocharged four-cylinder engine is a willing unit with plenty of mid- range torque. On a variety of roads the Tiguan feels safe, controlled and at ease in whatever you throw at it. A light well assisted steering set up makes for easy parking and low speed manoeuvres while braking is smooth and progressive. There are a lot of good competitors in this sector, but the Tiguan has the edge in term of cabin design and European refinement and is a recommended buy. By Autorevieman.

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Comfortline 4MOTION – priced from $34,700 Plus options, freight AC Excise tax and PDI.