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It appeared to us after a week that VW has made a longer SUV, but kept the tight turning radius we would have expected from something more like the Golf. Along with that, the Tiguan is sporting a very pleasing although extended look, growing into a very mainstream SUV that is sure to catch any active mom’s attention, especially with the third-row option available across the line.

We were extremely impressed with the new look as it now sets itself apart from the longer Golf Alltrack as a true SUV, with a look that should go well in the American market. When equipped with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system, it will also compete well with others in the segment as a “get to almost anywhere” family hauler.

We found it very interesting that VW was so confident in the abilities, looks and design of the new Tiguan that they choose to send us essentially the base version of the SUV. Most manufactures choose one of the upper trim levels of a vehicle for us to evaluate. The only addition to the S model that arrived in our drive was a Drivers Assistance package — an $850 addition that included the safety features of forward collision warning with emergency brake assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross path detection.

We would highly recommend this addition; as of a few weeks ago, Deanne was almost in an accident in her SUV on Interstate 15 while traveling home through southern Utah, when all traffic came to a stop in front of her and the vehicle started braking before she could get to the brake. It did stop the SUV before hitting the car in front of her. Now if only the guy behind her had the same technology in his car. It did, however, turn what could have been a very bad accident into a minor fender-bender.

Moms are going to love this new, longer version of the Tiguan for the simple fact that they can haul up to six kids around comfortably and most likely still get everything they need for the day in the rear of the vehicle that features 12 cubic feet of space, even with the third row seat up and full of kids.

Put down the third row and that number climbs to 33 cubic feet and an enormous 65 cubic feet with all seat in the down position. Another great, standard option is that the 2nd row of seats can recline and slide forward and back up to 7 inches.

Inside seats of the S model were clad in cloth, which proved to be a comfortable ride for the week. We would have enjoyed an addition of heat, but with the new way that VW is offering their vehicles, we would have had to step up to the $29,000 SE trim level, but would also have been rewarded with leatherette seating surfaces.

Even the S version of the Tiguan came complete with a standard 6.5 inch-infotainment touchscreen that worked very well with hooking up our phones through the Bluetooth connection. Over the past few years, VW has changed their infotainment system and brought it from what was a very clunky system to an industry leading system, which included Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in all models.

The longer Tiguan comes equipped with a 2.0 liter turbocharged, four-cylinder power plant that performs quite nicely in the larger vehicle. It produces 184 horsepower and 221 ft.-lbs. of torque, and is hooked to a very nice 8-speed transmission that worked well, although at times under heavy acceleration, it had a hard time deciding if a downshift was needed. We averaged just over 25 mpg during our week with the VW.

Our Tiguan was equipped with the 4Motion add-on at a price of $1,300; it allows the VW to actually drive with the front wheels only, unless traction is needed in the rear, then it will send power to those wheels. It will also brake a wheel that is spinning and send power to the other side wheel to help with traction, this all happens in milliseconds. After a week in Utah with the Tiguan, we would highly recommend this addition; it would so help mom get around in the winter!

The new Tiguan will prove to be a great family hauler and a fantastic choice for any active mom out there, it is just large enough for the entire family and gear, but still easy to get around in. See the new VW today at Ken Garff Volkswagen in Orem at 195 East University Parkway, (801) 714-2300.