Volkswagen Tiguan, survival of the fittest

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is the company’s new launch to India’s premium SUV segment. It competes with India’s toughest segment leaders Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Honda CR-V and Hyundai  tucson. Will it survive?  Let’s check it out.

 

 

The second-gen Tiguan is based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform which is similar to other cars from the group like the Skoda Superb. The quality of materials used in the Tiguan are best in class and the plastics used inside the cabin and switches are top-notch. Fit and finish shows Tiguan as a sturdy element. Tiguan is the Volkswagen’s entry-level SUV Priced between Rs 27.98 lakh and Rs 31.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).it is similar to the Hyundai Tucson, but far more expensive.

 

 

ENGINE

Tiguan sports the familiar 2.0 litre diesel engine with 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission, splits 141bhp and 340Nm of torque, this is  less on power than the Audi Q3 which holds the same engine. Tiguan gets all-wheel drive as standard and its popular 4Motion all-wheel-drive (AWD) system as standard with both the Comfortline and Highline variants. The AWD system is fifth generation and comes with various drive mode selectors like Snow, On-road, Off-road and the adjustable Off-road mode. Its mileage is said to be 17kmpl(ARAI).

 

 

APPEARANCE

The Tiguan looks like compressed Touareg. With simple and sturdy design, Tiguan proves it as a luxury big boy .In fact, people who like their luxury cars to be discreet will like the Tiguan. The sturdy build proves it as a solid production from VW. The exterior design is made up entirely of straight lines that flows into the LED tail-lamps. The grille with the big VW logo at the front looks majestic, but at least the large LED headlamps do stand out a bit. And though the 18-inch alloys on this Highline trim look good, the Tiguan looks more of a crossover stance than that of a full-on SUV. Inside the Tiguan, you might feel some parts in Polo hatchback. At this price point, none of the switch kept out of place and all placed at perfect spot for the driver and rider for a glance. The dash design is simple, yet the chrome highlights and different textures shows it a luxury SUV.

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FEATURES

Tiguan boots up 615 litres space  which is more than adequate .You  get a 40:20:40 split folding rear seat, keyless entry and reverse parking camera , which just makes Tiguan a practical SUV.

The Comfortline variant is equipped with massive features like automatic full-LED headlamps with daytime running lights (DRLs), three-zone climate control, electrically-adjustable, heated driver’s seat with memory function, curtain and side airbags, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and electrically-operated tailgate.

If you come across the Highline variant, you will get many additional features such as 18-inch alloy wheels with self-sealing tyres, LED taillamps, large panoramic sunroof with LED surround lighting, reverse parking camera and push button stop/start.

PRICE TAGS
  • 2.0 TDI Comfort line 28.48Lakh
  • 2.0 TDI Highline 31.94 lakh

 

CONCLUSION

Tiguan is positioned in a high price segment (i.e) premium SUV. VW cars generally praised for their solid build quality, german styling and lots of features., The latter is immediately apparent. Save for the wheel arches. It’s design shows simplicity as top point but it doesn’t have any stylish Quotes as Tucson or an Fortuner or an Endeavour, which makes a big difference in our image.

Tiguan rules over the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V in its segment. It comes with best in class features,Engine numbers and sturdy build. Thus, the Tiguan makes a valid point by being one of the best value for money SUV in its segment.

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