Safety car assessment of the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI
Peter Anderson tests the road and reviews the new Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI safety car with specifications, fuel consumption and judgment.
Old tiger huh? Bit boxy, bit boring, a bit more competent. But certainly not brilliant. Sales were good, it overcame VW’s minor issues in 2015 and 2016 but it was time for the narrow, tall SUV to come to the door. Too old, too small.
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The new model has appeared in a series of new variants, with new or updated engines, new technology stacks and more space. Moreover, it has a very smart new interior to take care of the family that fills it.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Tiguan’s new clothes are a welcome change from old cars. The design of the vehicle is either rushed, done by a child working experience, or a good start then falls into boredom. It’s not as annoying as Ssangyong, it doesn’t look like a car in front.
This is new, though. Although not as beautiful as a Jaguar, it is very handsome. The lines and proportions are moderate, with consistent angles and ideas. Tiguan had the overall look and feel of the larger Touareg, added some Golf and provided something much more coherent. It looks great.
That’s the quality Audi has made in the way of Volkswagen.
The Tiguan (Highline except) actually only gets reduced by its non-LED daytime running lights and halogen headlights. It takes away the clarity of the lines, which is a minor complaint, but you are. That’s my type.
Inside it is a very well done car. Again, coherent design and above all, ridiculous function. Comfortline’s basic fabric interior is an object lesson on how to make a fabric interior, with excellent material choices and contrasting dashboard panels in a lighter gray, complete with diamond pattern stitching. .
There is nothing shrewd or illogical here, just a design that has been created long ago or created by extremely talented people. Or both. Either way, the quality of Audi has made the way of Volkswagen.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
The Tiguan’s interior may be the first in a midsize SUV to really realize what happens within the confines of one of these cars. Families buy them to put themselves and their belongings, and a lot of it frantically in most competitions. The Tiguan interior design team has done a huge amount of work to fill the cabin with useful storage and take care of the passengers in the backseat.
The rear passengers not only have their own air-conditioning vents, they can also set their own temperature. Each outermost chair has a small tray table on which you can balance the food, books or tablets of some description. There’s even a small cup to accompany the two in the armrest, a total of six for the car.
We discovered our son’s full-size cello would easily fit into the starter with the 60-seat section pushed forward.
The second of two ceiling-mounted drop-down storage bins is accessible from the back, so easily lost items can be stowed if they’re precious (glasses, phones) or not big enough for door pockets. big, also double the bottle holder (again, four for the car). Most storage lines are lined up to prevent coins and keys from sneaking and scratching, while phones and everything won’t be destroyed.
The biggest complaint about the old car is the small boot. Offering a 395-liter car almost no more than the hatchback, it also lacks rivals from Japan and South Korea. The new Tiguan starts out with a much more competitive 520-liter (VDA), which can expand to 615 if you push the second row forward (this, to be fair, will be difficult for kids who are left behind. behind car seats). As the whiteest middle-class family we know, we have discovered that our son’s full-size cello will easily fit the boot with the 60-seat section pushed forward. We cannot expect that from the old.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
Much has been made of the valuation of Tiguan … er … reorganization. Prices are rising, ranging from $ 28,990 for the front-wheel drive entry (FWD) 1.4-liter (almost nobody will buy that) to the $ 49,990 Highway. Prices tracking the competition are quite good but a closer look at the spec sheet shows some differences. Volkswagen is betting some of these differences are things you won’t worry about.
Comfortline specification is a trio of models using FWD gasoline, four-wheel drive gasoline (AWD) and AWD diesel engine. The car we have is the 132TSI 4Motion, the mid-range, priced at $ 41,490 and packed with a 2.0 liter turbo engine, not 1.4 liters.
For that, you’ll get a 17-inch Tiguan alloy, eight-speaker stereo, three-zone climate control, reversing camera, fabric trim, cruise control, sat navigation, windows electric and mirrors, heated exterior mirrors, space-saving accessories and safety packages including AEB, remote central locking and front and rear parking sensors.
The Tiguan’s interior may be the first in a midsize SUV to really realize what happens within the confines of one of these cars.
Metallic paint adds $ 700 and forms six of the seven colors in the palette.
Our vehicle-equipped $ 2000 driver assistance package has added reverse traffic alert, front and side view cameras and so is a surround view camera, active cruise, powered mirrors. digital dashboard and dashboard completely.
With those two options, our car was priced at $ 44,440 before going on the road.
If you want unique things like heated front seats, keyless entry, leather, electric tailgate and sunroof, it all comes together in the $ 5000 Luxury Package.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
The 132TSI is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 132kW and respectable torque of 320Nm (less than 20 more expensive diesel engines). Combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive system, 0-100km / h for the Tiguan 1600kg comes in 7.7 seconds.
132TSI is a must-have SUV if you value driving dynamics.
132 is rated to pull 2500kg brakes and 750kg unbound, suitable for 110kW diesel amount.