Volkswagen Tiguan is nothing extra ordinarily fancy, it is a compact SUV, a dedicated soft-roader which is an assemble of everything decent you would expect from an executive budget drive. In addition to Volkswagen market in Malaysia, Tiguan was launched in its two variants giving competition to crossovers of different size in the segment, such as Honda CR-V, Ford EcoSport and more. The designing employed on Tiguan isn't really too extrovert, nor will it go unnoticed in a crowd. The new Tiguan, with TSI 1.4 and 2.0 engine 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, uplifted the image of the car and became favorite of those living in urban areas navigating through traffic to deal with daily office and home chores.
Engine, mileage & variants:
Volkswagen Tiguan is offered in two trims – Tiguan 1.4 and Tiguan 2.0 powered with TSI twincharged direct petrol injection 4-cylinder engine, with 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive added as an extra feature to Tiguan 2.0 variant. Tiguan 1.4-litre gives maximum power output of 160 PS at 5800 rpm and high torque of 240 Nm between 1500 to 4500 rpm. Whereas, the other Tiguan 2.0-litre churns out power of 210 PS at 5300 to 6200 rpm alongside a rather big torque output of 280 Nm between 1700 to 5200 rpm. You can enjoy with quick acceleration numbers and low fuel consumption count of Tiguan coupled with 6-speed DSG. It delivers mileage of 7.1 L/100km (1.4 TSI) and 8.6 L/100km (2.0 TSI). Tiguan shifts in movement mode from a standstill (0-100km speed mark) in 8.9 seconds with 1.4-Litre TSI and in quicker 7.3 seconds with 2.0 TSI.
Tiguan exteriors is designed keeping its overall structure in segment of compact crossover 4-door SUV template. Its front profile starts over in basic design with bi-xenon headlight, LED daytime running lights (automatic activation feature to escort you to the home) and spoofs thereafter in windshield, roofbar and extended roof spoiler. The dimensions of both the trim levels remains same with 4426mm X 1809mm X 1703mm (L X W X H) and wheelbase of the drive measures 2604mm. The side profile is added with creases in between the 'Boston' 17-inch alloy-wheels of tire size 235/55 R17. Tinted heat insulating glass reduces the intensity of light to pierce inside and keep the cabin moderately cool in heated summer noons.
Interiors of Volkswagen Tiguan is lined in 'Milan' Alcantra seat upholstery to add sense of sophistication to it and make you feel even better in the car. Climatronic semi-automatic air conditioning system will allow you to travel and sit inside setting optimal temperature in supreme comfort. It offers you intelligent mini compartments (adjustable front centre armrest, folding table on the back front seat) for storage along with charging point for gadget in centre console, rear and in luggage compartment. The multi-function display panel is set intelligently in accordance with steering wheel. A big display screen in rested on the centre of the dashboard which can be used for navigation, rear view camera and infotainment purposes, this is complimented by 8-speakers surrounded sound music system takes care of the occupant's entertainment with compatible CD player, Radio RCD 310 with MP3 player and to ensure complete connectivity. Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to answer calls and play music connecting via phone with wireless technology.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous:
On the safety front, Volkswagen Tiguan has a Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Brake Assist to ensure balanced braking of the car. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) work inside this car to prevent it from toppling and skidding. Anti-theft alarm system with immobilizer offers maximum protection to the car against any possible theft. Airbags are appointed to curtain front and rear passenger side, dual front passenger airbag and dual front side airbag. Rest assist drowsiness detection system reduces the accidental cases that may happen due to driver's heavy-eyed driving. For easy maneuvering of the vehicle in tight spaces while parking; Park Distance Control and 'Rear Assist' rear view camera will help you giving alerts for approaching closer object through sensors and camera.
Compared to other crossovers in the same segment we would call Tiguan as a drive with purpose, it is a no-nonsense designed drive which is best suited for a executive rather than a drive enthusiast, still with the features embedded and overall drive quality tilt you in the favor of this soft roader.