Volkswagen Tiguan
Front corner detail view of the Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept car as it is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, January 11, 2016. Reuters/Mark Blinch

Volkswagen Tiguan has won Carsguide Car of the Year award proving that the company can still produce great cars even during bad times. The family-sized SUV was at the top of the all-star 10-car field. It has joined Polo and Golf, claiming the 20th running of Australia’s most customer-focused car award. It’s the new Volkswagen champion.

Many have found the result controversial as Volkswagen was in the midst of an emissions-cheating scandal since September 2015, writes As many may be aware of, Volkswagen is also defending a class action by displeased Australian customers. The Tiguan’s win is like a fresh breath of air for Volkswagen amidst bushfires of controversy.

Due to the “Dieselgate” scandal, Volkswagen has lost some of its most-talented engineers in Germany. It also has a US$20 billion (AU$27 billion) American fine to pay. However, ever in such troublesome times, the Volkswagen Tiguan some top-quality cars to secure its top position and it included Holden’s reborn Astra, Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The runners up spots were claimed by Audi A4 sedan and Honda’s new civic.

According to, the Volkswagen Tiguan is strong, versatile and comes with the latest driver assistance systems and technology. It has an adaptive cruise control and configurable virtual instrument display. The Tiguan R-Line model is all masculine and also picks up on Golf GTI's high-powered mill.

Reports have confirmed that the Volkswagen Tiguan will expand further in 2017 bringing to its customers a hotter R-variant and stretched seven-seat version. Currently, the car has been launched with a range of diesel and petrol engines with two or four wheel drive. The Volkswagen Tiguan TSI Comfortline 2WD is available for US$41,990 (AU$56,700) whereas the TSI R-Line is available for US$66,990 (AU$90,300).

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