Review of Volkswagen Tiguan
The model range of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan has witnessed the inclusion of several new models, including the one you see here – The New Tiguan Adventure.
Declared by Volkswagen Australia as “off-road ready”, the Adventure model has a different body shape and includes additional specific equipment compared to the Comfortline models it is based on.
The promise is clear – the new Adventure model will make you want to get out and experience the outdoors, so this test will include both road testing and some light off-road.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
The Tiguan Adventure model tested here looks a bit different from the regular Comfort Line, running on its platform because it has a series of clear exterior adjustments that allow it to be more reliable than with runway.
Changes include a revised front bumper, higher seating, allowing the Tiguan Adventure to have a 24-degree approach angle – better than the standard six-degree vehicle. Departure angle remains at 24 degrees.
Below that there is some added protection underneath, all of which are good and good, but the clearance for this 4Motion model is still at 201mm, which is good, but not really off-road capable. . The front models sit lower and have worse approach and departure angles.
When you open the front door, you’ll notice the ‘offroad’ door sill guards, which are equally handy and nothing ominous, but fortunately, there’s no fixed embossing on the seats. Speaking of seats, they are a specific patterned decoration called microfleece ‘Art Velours, which is actually very pleasant.
However, you hardly know this is not a regular Tiguan Safe from the inside or outside … nothing bad, because it’s a good looking car in this specs. (LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights help a lot with that – the halogens on Trendline and Comfortline models are actually quite ugly).
Then there are cool little airplane-style trays at the back of the front seats, rear climate control to adjust the temperature settings of the rear air vents, and of course, the Tiguan has a handrail that can fold down with a cup, a four-door cup, and a pair of adjustable mugs between the front seats.
In addition, there are other storage luminaries, such as double cubes in the headlights and storage drawers under the passenger seat.
How many seats does Tiguan have? Year, present … There is a seven-seat version called the Tiguan Allspace that will be released by the end of 2018.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 9/10
The Tiguan Adventure is available in two different levels – the 132TSI petrol version, priced at $ 43,990 plus on-road costs and the 110TDI diesel model, priced at $ 45,490.
This is the previous model we’re testing, but both are equipped exactly the same – and that is, they are loaded quite well with standard equipment.
As well as the model’s typical exterior styling and interior décor, the Adventure version of the Tiguan adds a few extra features compared to the Comfortline models (corresponding to less than $ 2500).
The advantages of the device include a 14-way ‘ErgoActive’ driver’s seat with massage and electric belts, heated front seats and prominent LED headlights. It runs on larger 18-inch alloys (Comfortline takes 17 seconds), plus it gets an electric tail wing with hands-free opening and closing, electric folding rearview mirror with puddle lights and keyless access.
And, living up to the Adventure ideal, there are standard roof panels of ‘Genuine Accessories’ fitted, along with a range of different packages that buyers can choose to include if they want, and All of them consist of a load-resistant boot liner.
These are: ‘Tow Pack’, with genuine tow bar setup ($ 1780); “Water sport package”, has a carrier ($ 560); ‘Winter sports package’ swaps surfboard carriers for skis / snowboarders ($ 580); The ‘cycling package’ places a bicycle transporter on top of the tracks ($ 635); and finally, the ‘Transport Package’ includes a 340 liter roof box ($ 1102). If you just want to look out of the roof, you can opt for a panoramic sunroof for $ 2000.
If towing settings are of interest, the power offered on all-wheel drive Tiguan models is 2500kg (brakes) and 750kg (no brakes). But the weight dropped to just 100kg.
There are five color options available for Adventure models, with metallic paint and pearls that attract $ 700 in premium. The color you see here is typical of the ‘Atlantic Blue Metal’ model, while you can also choose ‘Pure White’, ‘Tungsten Silver metallic’, ‘Indium Gray Gray’ and ‘Deep Black Pearl Effect’. Sadly, eye-catching ‘Habanero Orange’ metal is not available.
The safety kit list is also very solid – see the safety section below for more information.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
Tiguan Adventure is available with a choice of 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol or 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engines.
The petrol version is good for 132kW and 320 Nm of torque, with Volkswagen claiming a fairly warm 0-100km / h sprint time of 7.7 seconds.
Diesel models have less power at 110kW, but more torque, with 340Nm. However, the heavier diesel engine and focus on economy rather than performance means that the sprint time is slower from 0 – 100km / h, at 9.3 seconds.
Both are exclusively equipped with a seven-speed ‘DSG’ dual-clutch automatic transmission and both come with a standard ‘4Motion’ all-wheel drive system.
Does Tiguan have a time series or belt? Depending on the model you buy – the diesel engine has a belt, but the gasoline is chain.