The diesel scandal is still having an impact. The trickery of the car manufacturers in the emission measurement can be felt in the ever thinning range of trailer-compatible cars. The diesel continues to be the power source of choice for towing vehicles.
Because petrol engines start drinking badly at high loads; Hybrids usually have too little towing capacity; and pure
E-mobile with a trailer not enough range.
We send the Tiguan with the most powerful diesel engine – the 2.0 TDI now with 200 hp – again with two tons on the towing vehicle test track; this time in the allspace version with more space.
Newly tuned semi-permanent four-wheel drive
When starting off moderately with a trailer, the front wheels start whistling before the push-pull is applied from behind – you feel a bit like a rowdy. With the pedal fully depressed everything will be fine; the all-wheel drive is immediately there when you start off, and you can start off without any problems, even on steep inclines.
Power at 1/min
Torque at 1/min
all wheel drive
Trailer load (plus drawbar load)
permissible drawbar load
High hitch ball loaded
Clearance above the center of the hitch ball
100 km/h approval
max. trailer load with driving license category B
drawbar length effective
trailer test weight
adjusted support load
MEASUREMENTS WITH TRAILER 2.0t
Acceleration 0-60 km/h
Acceleration 0-80 km/h
60-80 km/h (kickdown)
Test consumption Ø
theoretical climbing ability with 2.0 t trailer load
theoretical climbing ability max. trailer load
4-cylinder, in-line, turbo diesel, front transverse
147 kW (200 hp) at 3500 rpm
Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
semi-permanent via multi-plate clutch for rear axle
Independent suspension, coil springs v./h.
Discs, internally ventilated
Self-supporting station wagon body, 5 seats, 4 doors, one-piece tailgate (optionally electric)
2148kg; Caravan 1790 kg
1120kg; with additional training B96: 1870 kg
And the Tiguan continues to accelerate rapidly. The measured values show significant improvements – despite the additional weight compared to the normal-length Tiguan, measured as a 190 PS TDI: In the overall index, it has moved up from rank 102 to 59. This also ensures the better overall grade, despite the 1.6 percent higher consumption – because the other criteria have remained unchanged.
Driving behavior without fault
The driving behavior is beyond reproach: the Allspace seems a bit more stable than the normal Tiguan, and can hardly be disturbed even by abrupt evasive maneuvers.
On the one hand, the higher unladen and total weight allows for a higher 100 km/h approval, and on the other hand, it reduces the permitted trailer load for B driving license holders. This becomes even clearer when you order the optional third row of seats.
The fold-out trailer hitch is exemplary. We are not completely happy with the exterior mirrors, which are not particularly large and whose edge means that, depending on the type of additional mirror, the adjustability of the mirrors is limited.
The new infotainment system, which is always on board in the current Tiguan models, is not very pleasing: in the test car, several functions – such as the Bluetooth connection for the telephone and audio streaming – repeatedly and spontaneously crashed.