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Volkswagen Tiguan
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Customer Rating
: 4/5
Expert Rating
: 5/10
Warranty
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Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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28.07 Lakhs-31.46 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • Good Performance
  • Long Equipment list
  • Quality Cabin

Weak Areas

  • Small Space 
  • Noisy Diesel Motor 
  • Cramped Rear
  • No Petrol
Volkswagen Tiguan
 
 

Volkswagen Tiguan Review

Volkswagen Tiguan is a midsize SUV based on the company’s MQB platform. A pliant ride quality, a spacious cabin and generous equipment set are the good things about it but despite being AWD it is not a hardcore off-roader.


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Volkswagen Touareg is not a car that many people remember. It was a brawny, luxury SUV that shared its platform with Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. But even though its price tag was smaller than its cousins’, the car failed to impress buyers and was eventually discontinued by the company in 2014. Since then Volkswagen has not sent any utility vehicle to India.
            VW New Tiguan
After introducing its Ameo to the sub-4 meter sedan segment which too was a new zone for the brand, Volkswagen is again ready to dabble in the SUV market. What we get now is the Tiguan in the price bracket of Rs 27.98 lakh and 31.36 lakh (ex-showroom price, Delhi).

This 5 seater with monocoque chassis is similar in size to the Hyundai Tucson but gets all wheel drive as standard. Volkswagen presents it as a cheaper alternative to entry level luxury SUVs such as the Mercedes GLA,
BMW X1. It also rivals its cousin Audi Q3.
              VW Chrome Finished Grille

Tiguan is powered by 1968 cc, 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine generating 141 bhp at 4000 rpm and 340 nm of torque at 1750-2750 rpm. The engine is coupled with 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.


Exterior 

The build quality of European cars is what makes them special and the same holds true for Tiguan. It fairly resembles the Passat from front but will not remind you of the Touareg. There is plenty of chrome on its grille that holds the Volkswagen logo.  And there is more chrome on the air dam. The sleek trapezoidal fog lamps also look elegant.

The hood gets creases that run towards the grille in a V shape. The stretched bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights give a wide stance to the front.
           VW Tiguan R18 Kingston Alloy Wheels

On the sides the 18 inch alloy wheels for the top end trim suit the profile and use
235/55 R18 tyres. The wheel arches are large with short overhangs and they do take in the multi-spoke alloys well. The character lines flowing over the door panels give a well-defined stance to the Tiguan. This car has a length of 4486 mm. The wheelbase measures 2677 mm.

Brushed aluminium-finish roof rails and chrome lining around the doors and windows are touch ups for the cosmetic quotient. The cladding on the lower half of the panels helps Tiguan to exude its brawny feel. 
The lines form the sides merge onto the tailgate which otherwise has a clean look. The tail lamps have LEDs only for the Highline variant. The Comfortline has to make-do with regular units. You won’t find much of badging on the tailgate On the whole, the Tiguan has more of a scrunched up crossover stance instead of a full-on SUV. It is not flamboyant but becomes likeable because of its simple design.


Interior 

The first thing that impresses you about Tiguan’s cabin is the commanding driving position. This helps in good judgement of surroundings. The cabin also exhibits other traits attributed to the European carmaker – the solid build quality, tech-rich gadgetry and refined German styling. Fit and finish are praiseworthy with premium soft-touch plastics on top of dashboard.
                VW Tiguan Leather Wrapped Gear Shift Knob

On the driver-centric centre console there is an assortment of buttons for the infotainment system. This has 12.3 inch touchscreen and comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Other features include SD card slot, CD player. It’s disappointing to see that this SUV in a premium price bracket does not get navigation system. But you can use VW App Connect to access the service.

The flat bottomed steering wheel adds to the sporty appeal of the Tiguan and the twin pod instrument console is in line with other Volkswagen cars. The all-black cabin with grey roof lining differentiates this SUV from some of its other family members. The cabin feels even better at night when the subtle LED ambient lighting shows its colours. 

There is 3 zone climate control but the panoramic sunroof features only on the Highline variant. Keyless entry and push button start system are also the prerogatives of this trim – they are not available with Comfortline.
           VW Tiguan Dashboard

Other attributes making Tiguan a good competitor against Mercedes and BMW entry level SUVs include cruise control, paddle shifters, auto 
LED headlamps, auto wipers, electronic parking brake with hill-hold feature, rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors and an auto-opening powered tail-gate. It has tyre pressure monitoring and there are two driving modes: on-road and off-road. 

Alongside all of this, Volkswagen’s SUV offers good seating space. The front seats are adjustable for height and the driver’s seat is power adjustable. It also gets memory settings. The seat cushion keeps you comfortable and knee room, shoulder room, headroom are adequate.

At the rear bench seat there is enough space for three people and all three get head restraints. This seat can also be fairly adjusted for reach and recline. The transmission tunnel and the protruding AC vents may be intrusive for some tall passengers. The rear seat has a broad centre armrest with cup holders.

For storage of knick-knacks, apart from the glove-box,
Volkswagen’s new SUV has a dashboard-integrated space. You can also put things below the centre armrest and underneath the front passenger’s seat. Door pockets can hold 1-litre bottles.
            VW Tiguan Electronic Stability Control

You will find 615 litres capacity in Tiguan's boot and it expands to 1655 litres when the rear seat is knocked down.

In terms of safety features there are 6 airbags including side curtain airbags, ABS, and electronic stability control. For pedestrian safety the vehicle has a sensor on its front bumper to raise the rear end of the bonnet. This minimizes the injury caused to a pedestrian in case of an accident.


Engine, Transmission and Performance 

Internationally, the Tiguan does come with other engines too but here in India it is being offered with only the 2.0-litre diesel engine churning out 141 bhp and 340 Nm of torque. This is a refined motor but can be heard during idling. As the revs build up some sound seeps into the cabin but does not sound harsh. 

As we drove in the city, some degree of turbo lag was experienced. The usable power is available after 1900 rpm mark. You will get enough torque if you keep the engine revving between 2000-3000 rpm. If you are in the Eco mode and are coasting, the engine can decouple itself from the transmission to help in fuel savings. 

Tiguan is in its comfort zone on the highways where there are more possibilities of driving above 2000 rpm. The new generation Haldex AWD system always remains active and constantly shifts torque between the front and rear according to the driving conditions. It changes to front wheel drive if there is minimal load while cruising out on the open roads. The engine stays refined at speeds of 80-100 km/hour but you can then hear the wind noise. When you use the Sport mode on highways it locks the engine in about 1500-3000 rpm zone and tends to rev up quickly.

The 7 speed DSG transmission makes gear changes smoothly and if you keep maintaining a constant rate of acceleration, it will work smoothly up to its 6th and 7th gears. Only when you are somewhat irregular with your throttle inputs it tends to fumble a bit. Also, while it is quick in terms of upshifts, there is a lag when the SUV needs downshifting for overtake attempts.

Just near the DSG stick is the rotary control that you can choose to choose between the Normal, Off-road, Off-road Individual and Snow modes. These change the powertrain behaviour, steering feel and     AC functioning for the SUV. In the Off-road Individual mode you can also play with the drivetrain and hill hold settings too. 

The ARAI certified fuel efficiency for Tiguan is 17.06 km/litre.


Ride and Handling 

Tiguan is underpinned by the MQB platform and despite large dimensions and extra equipment, it weighs 60 kg less than Touareg. The suspension settings cannot be changed on this vehicle but that is not a bad thing. It is on the softer side and can easily flatten out undulations. When you drive it on some of the poor roads the cabin will be insulated against disturbances caused by bumps and potholes. Volkswagen has done a good job with NVH.

The ground clearance for Tiguan is only 149 mm which is less by SUV standards and so the body roll is well controlled so it can be slightly pushed around the corners. The straight lien stability is also good. The steering does not offer very good feedback but it does a good job of maneuvering the vehicle around. On the whole you get the feeling of driving a taller Jetta when in the Tiguan. 

The brakes have enough bite and in emergency situations they can bring the car to a standstill without any drama. Lastly, while the on-road traits are nice, the Tiguan is not really a hard core off-roader despite having AWD. This is also because of its small ground clearance. If you are looking for an SUV with serious off-roading abilities, the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour that sit 225 mm above the ground may be better options.


Verdict

The high price of Tiguan goes against it when you compare it to a Ford Endeavour or Hyundai Tucson. But it is a feature-packed luxury SUV that can get its share of buyers for its luxury, ride quality, safety and practicality. In its own niche segment it competes with BMW X1 and Mercedes Benz GLA more than the Hyundais, Toyotas and Fords.

The price tag for the Comfortline is Rs 27.98 lakh and for Highline is 31.36 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi). 

Comfort: 4/5
Refinement: 3.5/5
Safety: 4/5
Ride: 4/5
Handling: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 3/5

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