Volkswagen’s all-new Tiguan, fully revamped for the first time since its original launch in 2006, has bagged the highest Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) score of five stars. The European consumer protection body, which is fully independent of motor manufacturers, awarded the latest version of the Tiguan with five out of five stars, making the popular SUV one of Europe’s safest new cars.
The Tiguan passed the stringent NCAP safety tests with top results in four categories: occupant protection for children & adults; protection for pedestrians; and driver assistance programmes. Volkswagen’s new SUV passed the wide-ranging Euro NCAP test series with outstanding results, thanks to its class-leading raft of safety benefits, including improved seats & airbags, strengthened vehicle body and enhanced safety belts.
Euro NCAP has been considered the most leading benchmark for vehicle safety & passenger well-being in Europe since the mid-1990s. This year’s test was made even more stringent with the extensive testing of occupant safety for adults – an area where the new Tiguan achieved an outstanding 96 per cent of the highest possible score. This included the following tests:
The new Tiguan also achieved an impressive 84 per cent for child safety with the new child crash test dummies being used for the first time in the test. Volkswagen’s SUV provides the standard ISOFIX and Top Tether child seat anchors and safety belt tensioners on the second row of seats, so children are very well protected in the event of any frontal or side impact.
The Tiguan scored 72 per cent in the pedestrian protection category. Design details on the SUV that diminish the risk of injury to passers-by were extremely well received including the 'active bonnet', which is designed to help reduce dangerous head injuries in the event of a collision. a first in the Tiguan is the emergency braking system which acts as with a pedestrian detection function.
Safety assistance benefits also made the Tiguan stand out, with a score of 69 per cent of the possible points. Standard spec of ESC, seatbelt fastening reminder function in the back, Front Assist emergency braking system and the Lane Assist function that helps drivers to stay in lane gave the Tiguan an impressive showing.
The new Tiguan has been available to order in the UK since April and comes in either 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive formats and a choice of engines, in a range of derivatives including the S, which starts from £22,510, the SE, SE Nav, SEL and top of the range R Line.