VW Tiguan R SUV 2023 Review

Is the VW Tiguan R any good

VW Tiguan R – We have had a run of smaller sports SUVs lately and the VW Tiguan R is the latest.

The first-ever ultra high-performance Volkswagen medium SUV – the 235kW/400Nm Tiguan R VW Tiguan R was first launched in April last year.

Like a lot of us the Tiguan has grown over the years since it was first launched in the 2008.

Tiguan R is powered by the familiar Golf ‘R’ 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo petrol engine. This produces some 235kW of power and a handy 400Nm of torque from 2,000 through to 5,600 rpm.

It drives all four wheels through the 4Motion system With Torque vectoring and a 7 Sp direct shift gearbox.

This combination is good for a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds and top speed is limited to 250 km/h.

2023 VW Tiguan R engine

But more than that, the Tiguan R is easy to live with everyday. It will happily potter around without fuss and yet deliver blistering performance when asked. That is the beauty of it.

Inside its comfortable with heated sports seating, wireless connectivity for smart phones, a 9.2 inch central screen and digital drivers instruments.

It also features the full suite of IQ Drive travel assist functionality and matrix LED auto headlights. This is in addition to a pile of ‘R’ specification features.

VW Tiguan ‘R is priced from $73,790 plus the usual costs

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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan R

Readers can find more details on the VW Tiguan R HERE


2022 Volkswagen Tiguan R

What is good?

  • Value based sports SUV.
  • Fun to drive.
  • Interior space and layout

What is not so good?

  • Interior starting to look a touch dated.
  • Styling is a bit bland
  • Bit hit and miss for Apple CarPlay connectivity

The first-ever ultra high-performance Volkswagen medium SUV – the 235kW/400Nm Tiguan R

Instead of the Tiguan R buyers could look at.

Buyers of sports SUVs have a limited choice, especially in affordable range. They could look at the:

Cupra Leon VZx, Audi RSQ3, Subaru WRX Sportswagon,

Slightly more expensive options can include the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Genesis GV70 3.5T, Maserati Grecale Trofeo.

Read more about other sports SUVs  – OzRoamer 2022 Sports SUV COTY Award

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan R

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