Towing with a VW Tiguan automatic

walkandall replied on 10/01/2019 15:55

Posted on 10/01/2019 15:55

Does  anyone have any experience of towing a 1700kg MTPLM caravan with a VW Tiguan 2.0 4M (4WD) automatic?

I have used the NCC Towcheck website and with a  MPTW braked trailer figure of 2,100kg it is a suitable  match for an experienced caravanner.

I used a Skoda Superb auto with my previous, lighter, caravan with no issues.

Any feedback  would be  much appreciated. 

Boff replied on 11/01/2019 16:49

Posted on 11/01/2019 16:49

Automatic v manual.  You will find a mix of opinions.  It tends to split between those that don’t like autos and those that have actually driven one.  

EasyT replied on 11/01/2019 16:52

Posted on 11/01/2019 16:52

Not necessarily so. Sometimes different towing weights and different hitch weights may affect decisions for example. I have driven both and happy with either.

Boff replied on 11/01/2019 18:09

Posted on 11/01/2019 16:52 by EasyT

Not necessarily so. Sometimes different towing weights and different hitch weights may affect decisions for example. I have driven both and happy with either.

Posted on 11/01/2019 18:09

You have forgotten, about people who love the smell of burning clutch.  

Tigi replied on 11/01/2019 19:22

Posted on 11/01/2019 19:22

Would`nt go back to manual after our now third auto so much easier especially on long continental trips. I will just say one thing about auto`s having driven two centre console auto changers and a Mercedes column change, not so keen on the column change there is just something odd about the column direction i.e.vertical and its relation to R or D which doesn't seem to occur with the horizontal direction of the centre change. Just me I guess!

EasyT replied on 11/01/2019 20:06

Posted on 11/01/2019 18:09 by Boff

You have forgotten, about people who love the smell of burning clutch.  

Posted on 11/01/2019 20:06

I don't have that smell nor have I in over 35 years of manual tow vehicles. Did you Boff? 

MollysMummy replied on 11/01/2019 21:42

Posted on 11/01/2019 19:22 by Tigi

Would`nt go back to manual after our now third auto so much easier especially on long continental trips. I will just say one thing about auto`s having driven two centre console auto changers and a Mercedes column change, not so keen on the column change there is just something odd about the column direction i.e.vertical and its relation to R or D which doesn't seem to occur with the horizontal direction of the centre change. Just me I guess!

Posted on 11/01/2019 21:42

Column change is the way to go ..... clears the centre for other things, though I agree that Mercedes have the D & R back to front IMO. Column changes, for both manual & auto, were a lot more common years ago when cars had a front bench seat.

JVB66 replied on 11/01/2019 21:47

Posted on 11/01/2019 21:42 by MollysMummy

Column change is the way to go ..... clears the centre for other things, though I agree that Mercedes have the D & R back to front IMO. Column changes, for both manual & auto, were a lot more common years ago when cars had a front bench seat.

Posted on 11/01/2019 21:47

Yep nothing to get in the way when "parked up"and even more room with the seat as far back as possiblewink

MollysMummy replied on 11/01/2019 21:47

Posted on 11/01/2019 16:49 by Boff

Automatic v manual.  You will find a mix of opinions.  It tends to split between those that don’t like autos and those that have actually driven one.  

Posted on 11/01/2019 21:47

you can split it even further ..... manual, DSG type autos & 'proper' autos 😉

Boff replied on 11/01/2019 23:58

Posted on 11/01/2019 23:58

Unlike.most who post on here I don’t profess to be perfect.   You say that you have driven both but have you towed distances with both.  

To the poster who asked the question.  Having towed with both  I would unhesitatingly recommend an automatic for towing.  Others may have a different opinion.