It enters a highly competitive class but, on the evidence of this first drive, the Tiguan R will provide stiff competition to the likes of the Audi SQ2, BMW X2 M35i and Cupra Ateca.

There’s outstanding accuracy to the variable-ratio steering and, with reduced ride height together with firmer springs and dampers, admirable body control. By compact performance SUV standards, the handling is quite fluid, if a little lacking in outright feedback.

It’s the ride that really stands out, though. The adaptive dampers provide the suspension with great control and the ability to deliver acceptably compliant properties in Comfort mode and significantly more sporting characteristics in either Sport or Race modes, even on the optional 21in wheels fitted to our test car.

If you prefer to watch a video review we thought it would only be fitting to have you view one that includes at NO extra charge, the freaky German accent version.

It will be a 2022 when it arrives here.

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REVIEW: VW Fans Have Been Waiting THIRTEEN YEARS For A Tiguan R. Was It WORTH The Wait?

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