Tiguan Facelift Review Find Out Price of New Volkswagen SUV in India Design Features Performance
This year saw Volkswagen’s new Tiguan compact SUV, but they also promised another new SUV in the form of the new Tiguan. The Tiguan was a premium mid-size SUV and also went on sale earlier in the Indian market. This is the new Tiguan and it comes in the form of 5 seats. This is not to be confused with the Tiguan Allspace which was a three-row variant. This new Tiguan is assembled locally and is a 5-seater aimed at buyers of luxury SUVs.
Although this is a facelift, it dramatically changes the appearance of the Tiguan. Compared to the previous version, the new Tiguan is more aggressive and more upscale. Much to do with the new look front end with a large chrome grille while the new Matrix LED headlights are a premium touch. Matrix LED headlights have 24 individual LEDs as well as additional features similar to more expensive SUVs.
Even the rear styling has been updated with a new bumper and new LED taillights. There are also 18 inch alloys. Above all, the build quality speaks to its German roots as it looks great and feels solid. What’s also impressive are its wide color options, even though our test car was a Deep Black.
The interiors are all black but of very good quality. Everything from the finish of the steering wheel to the soft touch materials, everything is top notch. The cabin design may seem conservative, but there is nothing wrong with the quality. It is among the best.
New to the Tiguan is an 8 inch touchscreen with the latest infotainment system while the new instrument cluster is also fully digital. I especially liked that the dials were digital and customizable. The feedback on the touchscreen is also nice and I liked the tactile response as well as the well-presented menus while still benefiting from gesture control. The new Tiguan comes with tactile AC controls that require you to take your eyes off the road to use it, but you get used to it.
There is only one fully loaded model and compared to the competition you get a lot in terms of features. There are USB C ports, a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone climate control, ambient lighting with 30 mood lighting options, leather upholstery, connected car technology and more. There are also heated seats which we liked in the cold Delhi. However, while there was a rear view camera, a 360-degree camera was expected, as were the dual-power seats in place of the driver’s seat. In terms of safety, you have 6 airbags, front and rear disc brakes, hill start assist, hill descent control, automatic hold, etc.
The Tiguan is spacious and ideal to be driven with a driver while it is best to use it as a four-seater since the central tunnel limits space for the middle passenger.
Compared to the old Tiguan, the new one is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine. It is quite powerful with 190PS and 320Nm while the standard gearbox is a 7-speed DSG with a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Some might miss a diesel, but frankly the gasoline here is so good and smooth you instantly love it. The engine is refined and powerful while the gearbox is quite quick in terms of gear changes while the paddle shifters make it a fun driving experience. Compared to competitors or even higher priced SUVs, this is one of the best gasoline engines in terms of performance. The Tiguan also looks like a smaller car and performs well for a fairly large SUV. In town the steering was light but it is connected and feels confident at high speeds. It also handled some poor roads very well and while it might not be a die-hard off-roader, it will withstand much harsher conditions than its appearance might suggest. While the official mileage is 12.65 kmpl, expect 10 in town.
Priced at Rs 31.9 lakh, the Tiguan is slightly expensive but a premium quality SUV. It does what VW is and that is performance and quality as well as features. It looks, feels and drives like an expensive SUV, so it’s great value for the money. If you don’t mind buying gas then the new Tiguan is something you should seriously consider when it comes to premium SUV driving pleasure.
What we like– Appearance, quality, characteristics, engine performance
What we don’t do– expensive, no diesel option
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