There are times when ignorance is bliss, when you wish you didn’t know what you do know. Take the VW Tiguan sports utility vehicle (SUV). The version available in SA is too compact for my needs, so doesn’t feature on my shopping-list for a new vehicle in 2017.I’ve been driving Subaru Foresters for years and there’s no guarantee that if I stick with an SUV (I’m also considering a proper 4x4) I won’t stay with the brand.But when I heard recently that a long-wheelbase Tiguan would be coming to SA, my ears pricked up. I called VW and asked if it was true. Yes, came the answer, but only in 2018. Hope, then disappointment.Why an interest in the Tiguan? Because I drove the latest SA version recently and, space apart, it ticked most of the boxes I need.Actually, the latest Tiguan has 9% more boot space than its predecessor and has made better use of it. It’s the first SUV to be built on VW’s new cross-model platform, meaning it shares many elements with Golf, Passat and the next Polo.VW has...

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