Discussions on VW bringing their compact SUV, the Tiguan to India has been in the automobile forums for quite a long time. VW has confirmed that Tiguan will be entering the Indian shores in 2017. Tiguan will be competing against the cars like Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan X-Trail. We give you our initial impressions on the Tiguan.
VW cars are the quintessence of understated elegance in the world of automobiles. The Tiguan from the VW stable is not different. It is a perfect blend of the understated elegance of a typical VW family sedan and the butch looking stance of an Audi SUV. VW has infused some chrome bits on the signature grill and on the air damn. All LED headlamps, the plastic claddings, and prominent shoulder line give the car an elegant and muscular look. The posterior compared to the front end gets a subtle treatment. This is the first SUV on VW’s MQB platform. The present Tiguan is longer in both overall length and wheelbase. However, surprisingly the car is 18 Kg lighter than the old one. Obviously, the overall silhouette draws the similarity with the Audi family of SUVs.
As expected the understated elegance get carried inside the cabin as well. Get inside and everything feels precise, genteel and meticulous. The basic architecture, choice of materials, fit and finish is no different from VW range of premium cars. But, turn the keys and the Tiguan surprise you with an all-new and completely digital instrument cluster which is similar to the virtual cockpit in the new Audi TT and Audi Q7. The center part of the cluster is a high-resolution map display, flanked by the customary speedometer and tachometer. The car also gets a Heads-up display and a touch screen infotainment system at the center. The all black themed interiors are garnished with the right amount of chrome and piano black elements. To sum it up, what you get is an airy cabin with intangible VW sense of exactness with the right dose of soft touch plastic, perfectly tight panel gaps and comfortable driving position.
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The seats are comfortable and the car has lots of space. The electrically powered tailgate opens skyward to reveal the massive 615 Liter boot space (mind you this is with the rear seats at the intended place!) and what if we tell you can further increase the boot space by moving the rear seats forward?
Engine and Performance
VW is offering VW Tiguan with a whole host of engines worldwide. VW has a 124 bhp 1.4 Liter TSI petrol engine to start with. Also, they have a 2.0 Liter Turbo petrol in the offing. However, VW will be bringing the more popular 2.0 Liter TDI- in 148 bhp and more powerful 188 bhp versions mated to the 7-speed Direct Shift (DSG) box and Haldex all-wheel drive system. Only a detailed test-drive, once the car launched in India will give the real on the road performance of the Tiguan.
IBB Initial Impression
VW Tiguan will be a great all-rounder once launched in India. The car has great styling, well-appointed interiors, decent power and handles well. The car will do everything you could possibly want from a premium piece of an automobile and most importantly in a classy way.