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04 MOTORING NTNE01Z01MO - V1 Volkswagen says this is its most popular version by some margin, making up more than half of Tiguan sales. It is easy to understand why, the 162TSI RLine is handsomely styled and has a comfortable, roomy and well appointed cabin. The combo of a 9.2-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 10.25 digital display in front of the driver, is hard to beat. Three-zone airconditioning, with back seat vents and controls, is a welcome feature and there are plenty of USB-C charging points front and back. There are elements of the cabin that feel a little cheap, but cargo space is above average and the remote release boot is handy. A five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty removes some of the stress of ownership and a five-year prepaid service plan is worth the upfront cost of $2400. Going the postpaid route will add more than $1000 over the five years. Safety tech covers all the vital areas. It will automatically brake for cars and pedestrians if it detects a potential collision, watch for cars in your blind spot and steer you back into your lane if you drift. If youre about to back out of a driveway or parking spot into oncoming traffic, an alarm will sound. Theyre called SUVs, but very fewsports utility vehicles feel sporty todrive. Volkswagens range-toppingTiguan 162TSI is an exception.Powered by a feisty 2.0-litre fourcylinder turbo, matched to a slick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch auto, it is genuinely fun to drive, The 162TSI moniker refers to the turbos healthy 162kW power output, but that doesnt tell the whole performance story, as it also delivers a hefty 350Nm of torque. Its a familiar combination similar to that once found in the Golf GTI. The turbo produces ample shove off the mark, while the auto does a fine job of keeping the engine humming along in its sweet spot. Selectable driving modes allow you to change the character of the car to suit the conditions. Choose Comfort mode and the well sorted suspension soaks up bumps and lumps with ease, making for a smooth ride. Click over to sport mode and the suspension firms, creating a sharper driving experience ideal for twisty backroads. The Tiguan is a joy to steer, hugging corners with confidence rivals struggle to match, aided in part by all-wheel drive and grippy tyres. Youll pay for the privilege though. The 162TSI is priced from $50,790 (before on-road costs) for the Elegance grade, which comes with heated and electrically adjustable leather-appointed front seats, a leather wrapped heated steering wheel, 19-inch alloy wheels, several driving modes, LED head and tail lights and a 9.2-inch infotainment screen with satnav. Stepping up to the 162TSI R-Line tested here will set you back an extra $3000. The extra spend delivers a host of styling tweaks including unique bumpers, side sills, rear spoilers, larger 20-inch alloy wheels, stainless steel pedals and more. It also adds convenience and tech features such as an auto-opening boot and an R-Line steering wheel with touchpad-style steering wheel controls. Any colour besides white costs an extra $800 and a panoramic sunroof is $2000. Buyers wanting a head-up display, birds-eye view camera and a premium Harman Kardon stereo will need to pony up $2500 for a Sound and Vision pack. F I R S T D R I V E THE FAST AND THE CURIOUS $53,790 plus on-roads AT A GLANCE five-years/ unlimited km, $2400 over five years (prepaid) 2.0L 4-cyl turbo petrol, 162kW and 350Nm 8.5L/100km space saver 615L VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN 162TSI R LINE Volkswagens sporty SUV is an interesting take on a tried and tested formula DOM TRIPOLONE 7 airbags, auto emergency braking, blind-spot alert, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, radar cruise VERDICT Stylish, well equipped and modern, the Tiguan will appeal to mums and dads looking for a blend of luxury and driving finesse at a reasonable price. hhhhj [ ] - $ ~C, I.I ~, "' ~a 11.J Iii