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Volkswagen Tiguan

VW Tiguan: smart, compact SUV

How does the new Tiguan measure up to the CR-V?

I’ve been testing the new diesel Volkswagen Tiguan this week. It was parked next to the Honda CR-V outside the house and a neighbour wandered up to ask for my opinions on the two SUVs.

The Tiguan is more compact. That’s the first thing you notice. It’s also got a very smart cabin laid out in the usual logical VW-way, which I like. The ride is very accomplished. And the engine fairly zings along above 2000rpm.

But I won’t be cashing in the CR-V just yet, I told him. The extra space is noticeable, and welcome, while the engine’s hearty pulling power starts much lower down. It means it’s easier to drive; the VW can be a bit flat-footed low down. And the CR-V will be better for towing.

However, the real crunch comes in the running costs. Tiguan economy is 39.2mpg; the CR-V 43.5mpg. That, and the CR-V’s lower CO2 emissions, means it falls into the 24% tax band while the Tiguan languishes three bands higher up.

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