Volkswagen Tiguan tyres
The Tiguan marked a rather belated entrance from Volkswagen into the 4×4 / SUV / Crossover marketplace. This may be a trendy market sector but it is also an extraordinarily competitive one. Yet the Tiguan, effectively a VW Golf with wellington boots, offers more than many of its rivals. It is a compact 4×4 with at least some genuine off-road ability, even if for many drivers that’s a badge of honour or fashion rather than something they actually need. It has Golf levels of quality and driving dynamics and also looks the part with its chunky styling. Added to all that, it has a VW badge on the front grille for those who have latent Hyacinth Bucket tendencies, together with excellent towing ability for those who don’t.
While in fairness the Tiguan is not remarkable in any particular way, neither does it lack in any department, either. It may lack vim, zest or vigour but it is accomplished in all fields. It’s comfortable to drive and to be driven in, offers relatively good mpg and has a smart, spacious and flexible interior. The market in which it exists is a busy one, but one in which few other cars represent such a rounded combination. Unsurprisingly, it has sold very well since its launch here in 2007.
Tyre choice for the Tiguan falls into the SUV tyre bracket. Few models will be used for regular off-road driving so a specialist tyre designed for that environment will only be needed in a few isolated instances. Interestingly, VW originally supplied all new Tiguan models with SUV tyres but then changed policy to include regular tyres more usually fitted to hatchback or saloon cars. As ever, etyres recommends that if just one of your car’s tyres is damaged then it should be replaced on a like-for-like basis with one of a similar type. Switching between different genres of tyres (SUV-specific or regular) is something only to be considered if all four are worn, at which point you may need to have very deep pockets!
Bridgestone Dueler tyres, designed for SUV use, are commonly factory-fitted to the Tiguan. These are also the best-selling range for this car with etyres customers. However, Bridgestone’s Potenza range, more commonly found on mid-size saloon cars, has relatively recently been adopted as an original equipment fitting, too. Admittedly the Tiguan range features both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models, no doubt with different tyre types fitted accordingly. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t make sense to mix these two different ranges of tyres, built to different designs, on your Tiguan even though they come from the same maker.
Continental’s 4x4Contact tyres are another range fitted as original equipment to the Tiguan. Pirelli’s Scorpion tyres can boast similar status. Both types are durable tyres with an emphasis on grip, and they are particularly suitable for the 4×4 Tiguan since they will support light off-road use.
A final thought is that all-season tyres would be worth considering for a Tiguan. These might not offer the extreme dry road grip of a new summer tyre, but negate the need to fit winter tyres when the weather turns cold. Goodyear’s Vector all-season range has proved popular with Tiguan owners, with Vredestein’s Quatrac range worth considering as a substitute.