During its time here, this German crossover impressed us with its sturdy build quality, spacious and comfortable cabin, generous list of equipment, and cargo capacity that’s best in its class.

Of course we had a difference of opinion regarding some aspects of the Tiguan. While the ride quality is not as smooth and pliant as the average customer in this segment would expect, the flip side is the VW’s great driving dynamics. In fact, I could go as far as saying this is one of the best driving crossovers in its class. The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which is the same as the one that powers the Golf GTI, is also one of the peppiest in a crossover.

If you’re in the market for a well-built, fun to drive, practical and compact utility vehicle that looks distinctive among the crop of Japanese and Korean rivals, the Tiguan is the way to go. But, if a silky ride and a quiet interior is your priority, then you should look elsewhere.