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RIVALS: VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN vs VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC

There are a lot of brand new, totally brilliant Volkswagen's on the market right now...ever wondered whether to go for the VW Tiguan or the VW T-ROC? Well we answer that questions with this blog post!

Tiguan:
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The latest version of the Volkswagen Tiguan has been reinvented as a more expensive SUV and now rivals prestigious vehicles like the BMW X1. Building on the strengths of the original, the VW Tiguan offers more space, a classier feel and improved efficiency that is designed for on-road use. 4-wheel-drive 4Motion versions now feature adjustable drive modes that help to tackle different terrains and conditions. By small SUV standards the Tiguan offers a very smooth ride, even over bigger imperfections like speed bumps. The Tiguan handles more like a conventional hatchback and offers an enjoyable ride due to its precise steering.

T-ROC:
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As the smallest Volkswagen SUV, the T-ROC really packs a punch with entry-level trims rivalling the Kia Stonic and SEAT Arona – move up the T-ROC range and its rivals become vehicles like the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman. The VW T-ROC utilises aluminium exterior details to enhance the distinct front-end design that comes with new style daytime running lights. The T-ROC comes with a vast amount of standard equipment, offering good safety provisions and the option of 4-wheel-drive. The T-ROC is one of the comfiest small SUVs on the market.

Engines:

Tiguan:
•Engines range from 1.4litre petrol with 123bhp to a 2.0litre twin-turbo diesel with 237bhp.

T-ROC:
•There are a range of petrol options and 1 diesel option available.
•Volkswagen offers 1.0litre, 1.5litre and 2.0litre petrol engines, as well as a 2.0litre diesel engine.
•Volkswagen expects that 80% of British T-ROCs will be petrol.
•6-speed manual gearbox is available on all engines but the 2.0litre petrol.

Interior:

Tiguan:
•All switches and controls are laid out logically on the dashboard.
•Steering wheel avoids being a buttonfest.
•Comfort is easy to gain as there is a plenty of seat and wheel adjustment.
•Rear-view camera is an added extra but comes at a reasonable price.

T-ROC:
•High driving position and slim windscreen pillars are helpful for visibility.
•Easy to get comfy as the seat and steering wheel have a wide range of adjustments available.
•Rear visibility is restricted but the T-ROC is still easier to see out of than the SEAT Arona or Hyundai Kona.
•The option of a reversing camera or a birds-eye-view camera is available. You can also add a self-parking system.
•Brighter LED headlights.

Infotainment:

Tiguan:
•8.0inch touchscreen infotainment system.
•Offers Bluetooth connectivity for up to 2 devices at once.
•DAB Digital radio, USB and SD card sockets.
•Touchscreen is easy to use and quick to respond.

T-ROC:
•Standard touchscreen infotainment system is the same as the 8.0inch unit in the Volkswagen Golf, however it has been moved to the top of the dashboard in the T-ROC.
•Volkswagen have removed the physical shortcut buttons and are instead using touch sensitive panels that look very smart.
•The system is great to use and responds quickly.
•Bluetooth connectivity, DAB Digital radio, dual-zone climate control.
•Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring comes as standard on all but the entry-level S trim.

Practicality:

Tiguan:
•Plenty of room up front for even the tallest of drivers.
•Front door bins will hold a large bottle.
•Central armrest offers storage and a cooled glovebox will keep all of your treats sufficiently cool.
•Can fit 3 adults in the rear although the 3rd will find it a bit of a squeeze.
•Rear offers a central armrest with a pair of cup holders to further the comfort.
•Heated seats are available.
•Rear seats split in a 40/20/40 ratio – these are also reclining seats, which is a fantastic bonus. •Boot space is massive by class standard – bigger than rivals BMW X1 and Nissan Qashqai. •Boot space is square shaped and comes with net partitions and a height adjustable floor.

T-ROC:
•Front space is excellent – large central cubby can be upgraded to feature wireless phone-charging.
•Wide door pockets.
•Added storage is situated under the front armrest.
•Rear head room is decent.
•3 adults in the rear can be a bit of a squeeze – there are pockets on the back of the front seats and space for cans in the door bins.
•Rear seats fold in a 60/40 split as standard.

Volkswagen have done an excellent job with both of these vehicles – picking a winner was extremely difficult. Although the Tiguan is good to drive and is available with some efficient engines, on this occasion we have to go with the T-ROC as the overall champ. The T-ROC is a different sort of Volkswagen, one that offers a comfortable ride, impressive safety technology and a great boot space.

So that's the one that we prefer...but do you agree? Either way, our fantastic sales team can help you to secure your favourite. Give them a call on 01924 261167 or email sales@newcardeals.ltd.uk

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Posted on 16th April 2018 at 10:33 AM

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