The first generation Tiguan arrived in 2007, a time when carmakers were getting to grips with the SUV craze — but this new gen model comes with the segment bursting at the seams and seemingly being the be all and end all of the automotive industry! 

Volkswagen achieved sales exceeding 2.8 million units in nine years of the previous generation which was built on the Golf platform which is an impressive figure for a model that is not accessible to a wide range of customers but it will be hoping to improve on that number this time around.

Compared to the previous generation, the new model is approximately 60mm longer in length and 30mm wider and has a height of 1,646mm. The predecessor was attractive looking but the successor is more distinctive thanks to its sharp lines and overall I’d say it is more attractive, especially in the R Line trim that we have. This sees the addition of larger 20in wheels, a special front spoiler and chrome exhausts for the exterior and as for the cabin it gets the R Line logo on the leather steering wheel, metal pedals and sports seats. The cabin is loaded with tech from electrically adjustable leather seats, a panoramic roof and the gorgeous 12.0in high-resolution Active Info Display which can show you a range of handy information in whatever arrangement you’d like.

So it looks really good both inside and out and has some very useful kit too but what about the engine? Ours has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo which makes a healthy 220 horses and 350Nm of torque and is mated to a seven-speed automatic that sends the grunt to all four wheels and so far we are really enjoying being behind the wheel of
this one.

The base price for a model with the 1.4-litre four-pot is Dh90,000 but ours costs Dh132,000 and that’s a big difference. Is it worth paying more? That’s something we’ll be looking into over the next few weeks.