Starting at P1,648,000, the Volkswagen Tiguan is your gateway into Euro-branded SUV ownership. The 5-seater features a 1.4-liter turbo motor that puts out 150Ps and 250Nm of torque while getting stellar gas mileage thanks to small displacement and a 6-speed DSG tranny. Most compact SUV's are totally adequate in city driving and this was no different, so we took the Tiguan out to La Union to test what they're best used for, no, not actual off-roading (who does really?) but a long roadtrip.
The interior is non-flashy but sturdy, it's that satisfying heftiness everywhere that really marks a VW as different from other makes. Inside, one of the first thing we noticed is an abundance of aircon vents–never fight over them again! Even the rear passengers get two vents mounted behind the center console.
You also get a panoramic sunroof to entertain passengers with. There's really something about having a sunroof which just feels like you've made it. Also, witness the cushy leather seating. There's good interior room despite being a compact SUV too–our big boys fit into the Tiguan no problem.
The exterior is typical understated Volkswagen design topped off by nicely sized 17" alloys. No complaints on the ride, and the steering has an appropriate weightiness–other SUV's can sometimes get carried away with power steering and you get only a vague idea of what your wheels are up to.
Overall, the Tiguan delivered what everyone wants from a long drive: no fuss, no complaints, and the ability to get far on the least amount of gas. We hit La Union using a little less than half the tank and that wasn't even trying to be especially tipid.
The Tiguan doesn't live in price range all of its own like the Santana or something, but if you want an SUV with that additional touch of subtlety and uniqueness at the same time, we say you can't go wrong with it.