The Volkswagen Tiguan aims to carve a
space for itself in the premium SUV segment where the likes of the BMW X1,
Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3 exist. But does it have the 'Eye of the tiger' or the
thrill of the fight? Does it rise up to the challenge of its rivals? I find
1968cc, 4 Cylinder, Turbocharged Diesel
615 - 1655 litres
McPherson Strut with lower transverse link, stabiliser bar
The new Volkswagen Tiguan is adorned
with crisp and neat lines making its looks sculpted and chiseled. The facade
gets a bold and butch look with a boxy design for the LED headlamps and DRLs.
The chrome finished grille integrates well with the headlamp's design to finish
off a suave look in the front. Volkswagen has made the front even more bold
with a broad bumper which adds class to the Tiguan. It gets honeycomb air ducts
as well as crafty fog lamps and cornering lights. The Tiguan like all other
Volkswagen vehicles has been built with 100pc galvanised steel and has been
shaped tastefully. The sides are adorned with prominent wheel arches, a
pronounced shoulder line and a gently sloping roofline. The rear looks classy
with LED tail lamps and a high mounted
LED stop lamp. The overall look of the new Tiguan is contemporary and elite. It
has a great on-road presence and fares up well when compared to its
Move inside the cabin and a distinct
Volkswagen like character greets you. It is best described as suave and refined,
all of this while being functional and handy. The fit and finish of the new
Volkswagen Tiguan is easily as premium as its rivals and will not disappoint
you. The overall build of this SUV speaks volumes of this German company’s
stellar record and obsession with quality. On offer are seats with inserts and
bolsters in Vienna leather. The seating is arguably the best and felt the most
comfortable amongst its rivals. The front seats also get individual heating
functions with three different levels of intensity. Volkswagen has also added flat
bottom leather wrapped multifunction steering and a leather wrapped gear shift
knob. To enhance the luxurious feel in the cabin you have on offer a massive
panoramic sunroof. The cabin of the new Tiguan is airy and spacious there is
ample of room to seat five adults with ease.
Volkswagen has built in a lot of comfort
and convenience features which have been neatly tucked away. You get 3-zone
automatic air conditioning, electrically adjustable driver seat with a memory
function for the seat position and the ORVMs, self sealing tyres, automatic
headlamps, rain sensing wipers, keyless entry with push button start/stop,
electrically operated tailgate release and any more handy features. Alongside
improving comfort and convenience Volkswagen is also catering to the safety by
offering customers with features like pedestrian protection - reactive hood
wherein the hood gets raised by a few inches in the case of a frontal impact
with a pedestrian, thus making the hood act as a buffer cushion for the
pedestrian. Other safety features include driver and passenger curtain and
front side airbags, hill descent control, electronic stability control with
driver steering recommendations, ABS, ASR, EDL, EDTC and a lot more. All this
enhances the appeal the Tiguan has going for it and ensures it renders some
solid blows over its rivals.
At the heart of this posh SUV is a 2.0
litre, turbocharged, 4 cylinder diesel engine which churns out approximately
140 horses and 340Nm of torque. The engine has been mated to a slick 7-speed
DSG transmission. The power delivery is smooth and feels linear. Driving this
SUV around town or on highways is quite a lot of fun thanks to seamless shifts
of the gears. Even if you want to get going in a hurry or want to milk the
engine for more performance, you have the option of a sports mode which allows
you to shift gears manually if you please. Adding a little more flavour to the
sporty appeal are paddle shifters. Take the Tiguan out on a highway and it will
not disappoint you. Even if you wish to take the road less travelled, the
Tiguan has an AWD (All Wheel Drive) setup tucked under its belt. The 4MOTION
AWD enables the driver with adequate torque distribution and enhanced off-road
capability. Also on offer are different drive modes which can be selected via a
dial on the centre floor panel to tackle varying terrain.
The suspension setup on the new Tiguan
leans slightly towards the stiffer side. It gets a McPherson strut with lower
transverse link, stabiliser bar in the front and a multi-link suspension in the
rear. The ride is smooth over most terrain and the suspension gobbles up undulations
rather easily. The in-cabin comfort as well is at par with other premium
offerings. Volkswagen has bolted on disc brakes in the front and rear. The
braking is progressive and its efficiency inspires confidence even at high
speeds. The overall performance on and off the road is quite admirable but
certain aspects were a letdown. The steering did feel a little wooden and while
driving off road it would have been an advantage to get more feedback from the
This swanky new SUV from the stables of
Volkswagen has got the 'eye of the tiger'. In every department the new Volkswagen
Tiguan is either as good as its rivals or is even better when considering the
features and safety elements that have been incorporated.
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