Sales of SUV have been on the rise in the past decade, and most of the manufacturer have a SUV in their sales line up. Majority of the test cars that we are getting this year are mostly SUVs, and one of the SUV that we get our hands on is one of the most affordable German SUV you can get in Malaysia, the Volkswagen Tiguan Highline. Let’s see how it stacks up among the sea of SUVs.

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The Tiguan that is currently sold in Malaysia is the 2nd generation Tiguan. The 2nd generation have moved away from the round-ish design of the 1st generation, making the new design looked fairly handsome. This makes the new Tiguan more appealing to male buyers due to the masculine lines.

Being the highline variant, the Tiguan come equip with a sophisticated LED headlights with automatic headlight leveling system, and LED taillights. To further enhanced the upmarket look of the Tiguan, Volkswagen have fitted the Tiguan with 235/55 R18 rims and tyres in order to make it look like it not “under-tyre”.

On the inside, the Tiguan comes with a whole host of interior components from the deep Volkswagen parts bin. This is where some of the components that can be found in the Tiguan is shared among different modern day Volkswagen cars. The components are like the steering wheel, the gear lever, climate control, and the 8” infotainment system.  Even though the infotainment system can be similar to the other Volkswagens like the Golf or Passat, but there are some software difference in the system to work with the smaller screen instrument cluster that comes with the Tiguan.

The smaller instrument cluster, even though it looked the same on the surface, there are some minor differences compared to the Golf or Passat. The feature that I really like in the instrument cluster of the Tiguan is that show the vehicle’s elevation by using GPS. The dashboard in the TIguan is a typical Volkswagen dashboard that is neatly and ergonomically laid out, but not a very flamboyant design.

Moving towards the center console, there are plenty of storage compartment like the padded storage area in front of the gear lever, and a large covered compartment with 2 rotating cup holders to keep things neat. Behind the covered storage compartment, there is a deep center console with an adjustable arm rest as cover that helps improving the driver comfort.

The front seats of the Volkswagen Tiguan is very comfortable place to be. It offers plenty of support to the front drivers and passenger during normal driving and cornering. Moving on to the rear seats, there are plenty of legroom and headroom. As most c-segment SUV, the Tiguan have decent shoulder room when 3 average sized adult seating in the rear seats. To further improve the comfort for the rear passengers, there is 2 dining tray that is located at the rear or the front seats that comes with cup holders. In terms of boot space, there are 615L of boot space with a squared off boot opening, and the boot space can be increase further by folding down the rear seats in a 60:40 split.

As a German SUV, safety is one of their top priority. This means that the Volkswagen Tiguan do come with a whole host of safety equipment like 6 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Hold Assist, Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), and 2 ISOFIX points. Additional safety system that you can find on the Volkswagen Tiguan are Rest Assist that will detect if driver is tired, Automatic Post Collision Braking System that apply brakes after a collision, Active Bonnet Pedestrian Protection System to protect pedestrian upon impact, and Multi Collision Brake System that works in tandem with the Automatic Post Collision Braking System to keep the car stationary after a collision.

The Volkswagen Tiguan comes with the same turbocharged 1.4L inline 4 engine that can be found in the Volkswagen Golf TSi. It produces the same 150PS at 5,000rpm-6,000rpm and 250Nm at 1,500rpm – 3,500rpm which is plenty powerful for the Tiguan. The engine is mated to a 6 speed wet clutch DSG that is fairly smooth and always in the right gear. Being a 6 speed gearbox, this actually causes the Tiguan to feel like it’s not as rapid as the Golf because of the wider gear ratios.

The electrical power steering works hand in hand with the front McPherson strut and rear multilink suspension to make the SUV very chuckable into the corners. There is no hesitant when doing fast change of directions. Body roll in the Tiguan is kept well in check by the suspension system, which give you a lot of confidence in pushing the SUV. Bringing this SUV to a stop via the 4 disc brakes that are effortless.

If you’re one of the person that loves driving, but you need to get yourself a SUV for practicality reason, the Volkswagen Tiguan fits the profile perfectly. It’s definitely one of the better handling and yet practical SUV on sale in Malaysia market.  You can get the Volkswagen Tiguan at RM 169,456 which comes with 5 years unlimited mileage warranty, 3 years free service, and 5 years road side assistance from Volkswagen Malaysia. The Volkswagen Tiguan is available in 5 different colours namely, Deep Black, Pure White, Indium Grey, Tungsten Silver, and the gorgeous Atlantic Blue.