January 25, 2019
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If you’re shopping for a compact luxury SUV, then the Volkswagen Tiguan should certainly be on top of your list. Into its second generation now, the Tiguan has been into the market since 2017. Apart from looking great, the VW Tiguan also comes with loads of features and a third row of seats. But for some reason, Tiguan hasn’t quite made its mark in the market and deserves better appreciation. In this article, we’ll discover why the Tiguan is a worthy competitor in its segment.
Let’s talk about the name first. ‘Tiguan’ sounds pretty strange to the ear but it has got an interesting story to it. The word ‘Tiguan’ is a linguistic blend of German words Tiger and Leguaan and is actually the winner of a naming contest by the German car magazine publisher Auto Bild.
Now, the powertrain. The Tiguan features an inline 4 pot, the 2-litre engine that churns out about 184 horsepower. You do not get a manual box and only get an 8-speed automatic box with overdrive mode. Power is sent to the front wheels but you do get an option of directing power to all the four wheels as you advance up the trim levels. Fuel efficiency figures are decent as well. In the city, the Tiguan can go for 22 miles while on the highway it can haul up to 27 miles.
The VW Tiguan, as stated earlier a compact luxury SUV. It drives great in the city and is probably the best SUV you can take along in the city. The car has got decent driving dynamics, the steering is light and responsive and power delivery is also linear. Suspension set up too is on the lighter side and so the car absorbs all the bumps and potholes just so that you can have a comfortable in ride experience. The body does tend to roll a bit but that’s ok because this isn’t really a car you would buy for enthusiastic driving.
Hopping on to the inside and you find a rather luxuries interiors. There’s the use of leather everywhere and you’ll find nice soft touch plastic all over and overall there isn’t one place where you could find flimsy, cheap plastic. The seats too are nicely cushioned and in some trim levels you do get heated and ventilated seats. You can avail the interiors in three different colour scheme namely titan black, storm grey and saffrano/black leather. The car is built ergonomically. There’s no knob or button on the inside that you’ll find oddly placed. Even the controls on the steering wheel are thoughtfully placed. The interior of the Tiguan is a great example of smart engineering. No complaints, what-so-ever.
The back seats too are nicely built. You get an ample amount of head, leg and shoulder room and 3 people can comfortably sit in the second row. You also get an optional 3rd row where 2 more passengers can be stuffed. The 3rd row is a little cramped and full-size adult might have a tough time sitting in there but children can certainly fit into the 3rd row.
Some of the advanced features equipped with the Tiguan include hands-free liftgate, universal garage door opener, rain sensing wiper, electrochromic rearview mirror, driver and passenger illuminated visor mirror, adaptive cruise control, remote engine start/stop, heated steering wheel, variable speed intermittent wipers and the list goes on and on and on.
The Tiguan is a car that banks on practicality and comfort. It is a fine example of German engineering and is a no-nonsense car. The car looks bold and mature, offers great comfort, drives well, delivers good efficiency numbers and offers great value for money. All-in-all, the Tiguan really does live up to its name, it offers the power and command of a tiger and exhibits adaptability of a leguaan, making it an underrated magnificence on four wheels.