It has been almost a month since I received the Volkswagen Tiguan, and during this time the crossover has left me highly impressed. From its amazing build quality, relatively athletic performance, spacious cabin, and technology features, everything is up to the high standards one would expect from a Volkswagen. I just wish our tester came wearing a more exciting exterior finish. I’m not a big fan of white hue for cars.

In fact I like it to the point my wife and I even considered buying one. But then, when you put it in context with a Golf, which is first on my list if I go for a Volkswagen, it doesn’t look that attractive. Especially with prices for the hatch starting from Dh86,500 while the Tiguan starts from Dh89,900. And I can get a GTI for Dh120,000 and save a good 10 grand compared to the Dh130,000 price tag of the Tiguan R Line.

But then, I must also point out that it shares the MQB platform with the feisty Golf hatchback and the Tiguan R Line also gets the same 2.0-litre turbo four that’s good for 220bhp. So, what you get here is a crossover version of the Golf, well, sort of. And thanks to its longer wheelbase of 2,681 mm (+ 44mm) and overall length of 4,686 mm (+231 mm), the Tiguan’s 615-litre cargo capacity is nearly double that of the Golf (380 litres).

So if you have a family and need a more practical car with the ability to veer off the beaten track, then the Tiguan does make sense. And for a crossover, it’s also reasonably fun to drive. I might soon have one in my basement parking!