Volkswagen gives Tiguan the R treatment

Volkswagen Tiguan R

IF a hot hatch family car on stilts sound like your idea of fun, then Volkswagen's Tiguan R could be just the thing for you, writes William Scholes.

One of a growing breed of high performance SUVs, the Tiguan R totes the same hardware as the celebrated Golf R.

In the Tiguan, that means a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol turbo, outputs of 316bhp and 310lb ft and a 0-62mph time of just 4.9 seconds. That's a scant 0.2 seconds slower than its Golf sibling.

A seven-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel-drive are the other highlights of the Tiguan's drivetrain.

As you would expect from a range-topper, it's a well equipped car - 21-inch alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, matrix LED headlamps, a digital dashboard and heated seats and steering wheel are all part of the package.

It's priced at a not inconsiderable £45,915, which may be steep enough to encourage potential buyers to look at even more potent second-hand alternatives (an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio... yes, please).

Volkswagen Tiguan R

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