Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI R-Line 2017 review | first drive video

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Andrew Chesterton road tests and reviews the Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI R-Line with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch.

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We liked the new Tiguan when it launched in September, but we said at the time we were looking forward to driving something with more punch in the engine. This, then, is that something; the Tiguan 162TSI, powered by the self-same engine as the venerable Golf GTI.

The Tiguan shares the same platform as VW’s hot hatch, too. And despite being about 300 kilograms heavier, VW claims an identical zero-100km/h sprint time of 6.5 seconds, thanks largely to its all-wheel-drive system and the extra step in its seven-speed automatic.

And it does it while offering all the sensible practicality of a mid-size SUV. So is this the world’s most practical hot hatch?

The flagship 162TSi is late to the Tiguan party, joining the already-launched mix of petrol and diesel engines that debuted last year. Unlike the smaller capacity engines, the 162TSI is available only in the top-spec Highline trim, and is priced at $48,490. The car we’re testing is also fitted with Volkswagen’s $4,000 R-Line pack, which adds 20-inch alloys, a sportier exterior and interior treatment and both dynamic chassis control and VW’s progressive steering system.

Under the bonnet lives the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine from the Golf GTI, feeding that power through a seven-speed DSG automatic to all four wheels thanks to VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

Engine aside, the 162TSI arrives with a heap of standard equipment, including LED headlights and tail lights,18-inch alloys and a powered boot. Inside, you can expect Vienna leather trim, heated sports seats, three-zone climate control and an eight-inch, nav-equipped touchscreen that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready.

The standard safety kit is impressive, too and includes AEB, Lane Assist, VW’s fatigue detection system and a reversing camera, along with seven airbags.

Like the rest of the new Tiguan range, the 162TSI is bigger than the car it replaces in almost every way, and they’re plenty of space in the cabin, along with an impressive amount of cargo room.

It’s not quite as sharp as a GTI, but it is infinitely more practical. And if yours is a growing family, that’s probably a pretty fair compromise.

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Alex / says:

dat car is amaizng.

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david lawton says:

Gees you have the steering wheel set high. Looks weird.

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Troy Swindells-Grose says:

Damn people are whingers. Nice review, nicely shot and I'm really looking forward to mine now – arriving next week!

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Hi People says:

VW only Problems…

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Shaun says:

Stop waving ya arms around – did get the media training at the same place as the presenters from Caradvice?

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Elle Jay says:

Looks like it has the goods +10. Shame about VW's public relations shortcomings. I'd trade into one tomorrow otherwise.

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kingfisher111 says:

man…that background music…was amazing. care to share the name?

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LightWatch says:

0-80 even faster than the VW Golf GTI…
Very, very basic review, that hardly adds anything we can read in the brochure.

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