The European New Car Assessment Programme Euro NCAP has published the best models of the year for 2016. The coveted title goes to the Tiguan, which was awarded “Best in Class” in the “Small off-roader” segment. This successor to the popular best-seller is among the safest vehicles in its segment.
In June, the new Tiguan already passed the demanding Euro NCAP crash test series and received the highest five-star rating. The results of four sub-areas were taken into account: proactive occupant protection system for children and adults, pedestrian protection and driver assistance systems.
The NCAP test standards were tightened again in 2016. This year, new child size dummies formed part of the testing equipment for the first time. The new Tiguan achieved an excellent result in occupant protection for adults and children. Thanks to the standard ISOFIX and Top Tether child seat anchors in combination with safety belt tensioners on the second row of seats, children and adults are very well protected in the event of any frontal or side impact.
The Tiguan received praise for its pedestrian safety features. These include an ‘active bonnet’, which is designed to help reduce dangerous head injuries in the event of a collision. Moreover, the Tiguan impressed with its pedestrian monitoring and ambient traffic monitoring system Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, which at the very least reduces the severity of an accident and in the best case even prevents the accident altogether. In addition, security systems such as ESC (Electronic Stability Control), the seatbelt fastening reminder function for the back seats and the active lane-keeping system Lane Assist are standard on the current Tiguan.
On sale now, with prices starting from £24,110, the Tiguan will be joined by a seven-seat Allspace version in summer 2017, with an 11cm longer wheelbase.