1. The original Volkswagen Tiguan had one of the smallest boots in its class but the second-generation model introduced in 2016 has one of the biggest, thanks to bigger external dimensions. It offers up to 615 litres of luggage capacity with the rear bench seat in use and its sliding base in its most forward position.

2. Second-generation Tiguan is 60mm longer than its predecessor, though height is reduced by 38mm. The model is based on the same modular architecture as Volkswagen’s best-selling model, the Golf.

3. Tiguan’s range-topping model, the 162TSI, is powered by the same turbocharged engine fitted to the iconic Golf GTI hot-hatch. Although the SUV is a bit heavier, its all-wheel-drive system allows it to match the GTI’s acceleration speed.

4. 4Motion all-wheel-drive variants are still mainly front-wheel drive, moving torque to the rear wheels when wheel-slip is detected. An off-road mode assists on loose surfaces by holding gears longer and improving throttle precision, while the electronic stability control system acts to ensure the wheels with the most grip get the most engine torque.

5. The Volkswagen Tiguan features more driver aids than your average mid-sized volume-selling SUV. Standard equipment includes autonomous emergency braking, fatigue detection, lane departure warning, and optical parking guidance and assistance.

6. Only one manual gearbox is available in the Tiguan range – on the base 110TSI variant. Every other model features a DSG auto, with either six or seven gears depending on engine.

7. The most expensive Tiguan, the 162TSI Highline, can still be ordered with up to nearly $9000 in options, including an R-Line Package that brings notable features including electronically adjustable suspension and 20-inch alloy wheels.

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