Compared to a 2.5L T30 X-trail, although Tiguan is more fuel efficient, the end costs are almost the same, as X-trail takes cheaper 91 octane while Tiguan drinks the more expensive 98 variant.
Tiguan feels more solid when towing, and is much quicker off the line, but you do have to brake a lot more gently than X-trail.
One thing to watch out for is the downward tow ball weight of your loaded trailer, you may need to look for an aftermarket tow bar rather than the expensive light duty VW one.
Looking back, I should have kept the X-trail for towing motorbikes, carrying muddy mtbs, and having fun on gravel/sand/snow, it is so much more practical and wallet friendly than Tiguan. But Tiguan isn't all bad, it steers and drives miles ahead of X-trail.
Last edited by z1000; 15-07-2012 at 10:54 PM.
z1000, MY12 Tiguan 132TSI 7DSG