From the category ‘cars which are pretty unnecessary, and that’s why we’re making a video about it’: The Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4Motion Highline, producing 240 horsepower. And the way it stands here, it’s a car which costs €75.000. That’ll get you two and a half entry level Tiguans. So why would you want that? Because there are people who want such a car, it’s that simple. Clearly, there’s a market. Albeit a small one. Whoever buys this Tiguan, has got a sizable amount of money in the bank, and they might be of an age which requires a high entry. Or, they’re used to a bigger car, like a Touareg or a Q7, but they refuse to sacrifice luxury and comfort. When it comes to comfort, there isn’t a lot to complain about really. I’ve got the specs of this car right here. Base price, €56.715, and that’s already a Highline. Other packages include a R-Line exterior and interior package, which sets you back another €3295. An Advance-package, an Executive-package, interior pre-heating which warms up the car in the winter before you get in. An extra fancy satnav system, and a lot of other things. All of that will set you back almost €75.000 So, there isn’t a lot that isn’t on this list. But, we’re not here to talk you through the blurb, you can do that on your own at home.But it does show what’s possible in the Tiguan. It’s all up to you to decide which boxes you want to tick, and what you want to spend on them. Earlier this year, my colleague Roy drove the biggest petrol Tiguan available; the 2.0-litre TSI producing 220 horsepower. The engine from a Golf GTI. His verdict was that it was a very nice engine, but it didn’t fit the personality of the Tiguan. You have to rev quite a lot if you want to use every single horsepower, and that isn’t very fitting to a big and good-natured SUV. A diesel however has a whole different personality. A lot of torque at low RPM’s. In this case, 500 Nm. And that’s already available between 1750 and 2200 RPM. So you get a lot of power in the lower revs. The version that’s placed below this, the 2.0-litre TSI producing 150 horsepower, only produces 340 Nm. So it’s 150 horsepower and 340 Nm, versus 240 horsepower and 500 Nm in this TDI BiTurbo. That’s quite the gap. I can imagine you’d need that extra power if you often travel with a caravan, or a horse trailer.Without such an appendage, you can get from 0-100 in 6,5 seconds. And that makes this diesel just as quick as the quickest
petrol Tiguan. The big difference being; if you want to get everything from the petrol version, you have to rev a lot. And that’s something that isn’t necessary in this diesel, and that makes the drive a lot more relaxed. Flat out, it’ll do 228 km/h. The funny part is, it feels like it can go even faster than that. Especially in sprints between the traffic lights, you’ll probably beat the rest. This BiTurbo is really quick. But eventually, the frontal surface from such a big SUV will start to play tricks, and the fun will end.I was able to try it in Germany, and I can’t get it past the 225 km/h-mark. But then again, in such a big diesel, it’s all about the power and the sprints. But even though you’ll overtake the average GTI with this big diesel Tiguan, I’m not going to call it a sporty car because it isn’t one. Even though we’ve got a lowered suspension, even though we’ve got adaptive dampers… The car is way too good-natured. A good-natured softie. And that isn’t a bad thing, because it really fits the personality of the car. It wouldn’t fit with the biggest petrol version. That 220 horsepower TSI would get a little nervous, but a quiet diesel in this top version of the Tiguan, is a very good combination. If you look at it objectively, this bigger than big Tiguan doesn’t make sense at all. For the same price, you could get two and a half entry level Tiguans. But is that relevant? Half of the Tiguan-buyers order the R-Line package. People want a looker as well. But if you have the money to keep ticking off option boxes, and you want such a powerful diesel? We can see why you would choose for this chief-Tiguan… .