The most competitive market sectors at the moment all involve an SUV of some kind, with most manufacturers offering a full sized SUV and a C-segment crossover. Volkswagen has representatives in both sectors that offer attractive options for SUV buyers.
Firstly, the Tiguan crossover, which is based on Volkwagen Golf underpinnings, but with a higher roofline so there’s significantly more room in the cabin. Load space is nearly 100 litres improved over the Golf, with 470 litres available with all the seats in place, and headroom is much better too – particularly in the back!
Though it’s available with two-wheel drive, the majority of models are fitted with 4MOTION four-wheel drive. This makes the Tiguan a particularly strong option when it comes to towing, rated at up to 2.5 tonnes for cars with the 7 speed automatic gearbox.
Of course, as it’s based on the Golf, the Tiguan is barely any bigger than an ordinary hatchback, making it a good car to use around town particularly with the elevated driving position.
If you’re after a more regular SUV experience, the Touareg is a bigger prospect. The Touareg can accommodate five adults with ease and 580 litres of luggage.
While all models have a switchable on-road/off-road configuration, the Escape trim includes a unique off-road focussed setup, with an elevated ride height, centre-locking differential and low ratio gearbox settings.
It’s an even better towing option than the Tiguan, rated at 3.5 tonnes across the board.