Volkswagen Tiguan review
Volkswagen is desperately hoping the bigger proves better for the 2017 Tiguan, its super-sized all-new SUV in an attempt to sell super-sized sales.
For starters, it’s bigger. So much so that it goes beyond the “small SUV” segment of its predecessor and is currently fighting Mazda-sized rivals in the medium-sized category. And it also comes with a larger set of in-car safety and technology features, along with a range of engines.
But the biggest of all was the weight of expectation placed on the metal shoulders of VW’s management. This new SUV has been in production for eight years, and its sluggish appearance has led VW to experience the thirst in the crowded, ever-changing and extremely important urban SUV portfolio. Plus, its appearance is the first in a quick catch-up game for VW, with four different SUVs of different sizes coming in the next few years. And since Tiguan is the first taxis of the rank, it is extremely important that this works.
So then, we know that the new Tiguan is bigger than its predecessor. But the question is is it better?
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
Volkswagen calls them “one percent”, tiny design elements that could take a month’s owner to explore, if any. In Tiguan, they’re referring to things like a storage net at the foot of the passenger, a felt pad on the dashboard or the fact that eight-inch multimedia device control buttons are integrated into the display, producing only show when you move your hand towards it. It’s a attention to detail that VW says elevates the Tiguan above the main package and pushes it to a more premium competitor.
There is a certain level of satisfaction for the interior combination.
“This is a car that will sit in its own territory, among Asian and luxury brands. That’s where VW will sit, and that’s where this car will sit,” said Michael Bartsch, Managing Director. Executive of VW said.
“That’s the premium for the people.”
And the VW Tiguan doesn’t feel more premium than some competitors from the driver’s seat. The front-seat passengers are surrounded by soft touches regardless of the trim level, and there is a pleasing solidity to the interior combination. But the “for human” part of that sentence appears in the backseat, where the luxurious feel starts to fade and you will start to find some hard plastic and cheaper touch, even in models. top aircraft.
Outside, the growth of Volkswagen is remarkable. It no longer looks like a city-sized SUV, but still applies the vaguely car-like styling of its predecessor. And it’s so handsome – all brawny muscles and wide road postures – whether it’s sitting on the 17-inch alloys of the Trends for Entry or the 18-inch alloys of the Top Highway.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
The new Tiguan’s size is all about increasing the interior space and cargo room, which is one of the main complaints about the outgoing model. As a result, the wheelbase has increased by 76mm while the width of the vehicle has increased by 30 mm. And you can feel it in the cabin, there’s plenty of space for second-row passengers, along with thought-out features like sliding rear seats on rails, so you can prioritize the space in the back seat. or boot.
There are many places in the boots. Storage space has increased from 395L with the rear seats up to a huge 615 liters (VDA), aided by being able to slide the rear seats forward. Drop the backseat and you’ll get 1655L, up 145L in the car. That’s a lot of numbers, but the problem is this: there is currently a large amount of room in the boot.
Tiguan offers among the most comprehensive safety standards packages available.
Both Comfortline and Highline trim levels have six cupholders, two at the front, two at the divider pull down separating the back seat, and the other one in each plastic folding table that is attached to the back of the front seat. However, the entry-level Trendline misses the cupholder for rear seat passengers, but there’s still room for bottles in the door pocket.
Finally, each rear window seat has an ISOFIX attachment point.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
The Tiguan Trendline (manual $ 31,990, automatic $ 34,990) is exclusively paired with the 110TSI engine and comes with a commendable set of safety technology (furthermore for a moment) , along with an eight-inch Apple CarPlay / Android screen and multimedia and 17-inch alloys. You’ll also get automatic headlamps and wipers, cruise control and LED taillights as standard fare.
Step up to the Comfortline trim level ($ 36,990 for 110TSI, $ 41,490 for 132TSI and $ 42,990 for 110 diesel) and you’ll add three-zone climate control, sat-nav and some chrome details in the cabin. You will also get on-demand all-wheel drive on everything except 110TSI.
Spring for special Highline trim ($ 48,490 for 162TSI and $ 49,990 for 140TDI) and your wheels rise to 18-inch alloys and your seats are upholstered in Vienna leather and heated for front-seat passengers. You also get near entrance and electrically operated boot lid, along with electrically adjustable front seats, chrome exhaust and dynamic LED headlights.
VW has simplified the options list into a series of bolt packs. The $ 5,000 Luxury package is available at the Comfortline trim level, and basically adds Highline’s unique details, like leather upholstery. Both Comfortline and Highline trim levels can be optioned with the $ 2,000 Driver’s Assistance Package, which adds an adaptive cruise and side assist (not just blind spot monitoring, but also the area). 50 meters rear) and power folding mirrors, along with VW Group’s excellent performance information display – a virtual and fully configurable dash display, spanning the length of the box musical instrument.
Finally, there’s the R-Line package, additional 20-inch alloys, adaptive dampers and progressive steering (designed to allow sharper turns into corners). That will set you back $ 4,000.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
The new Tiguan comes with two petrol and two diesel engine options. The range starts with the entry-level 1.4-liter 110TSI petrol engine, combined with a six-speed or six-speed DSG gearbox, which will offer 110kW and 250Nm – pushing the cheapest Tiguan to 100km / h in 9.2 seconds.
Next is the 2.0-liter 132TSI petrol, which produces 132kW and 320Nm and will eliminate sprint in a more complete 7.7 seconds. Gasoline at the top, a 162kW power plant from the current Golf GTI, won’t appear until early next year.
There are two diesel variants on offer, both powered by 2.0 liter engines tuned for 110kW and 340Nm or 140kW and 400Nm, depending on your budget. And all but the entry-level petrol engine paired to the seven-speed automatic DSG.