Is The Tiguan R-Line Just As Good This Time Around?
I had the keys to this Tiguan for a week. Here are my thoughts.
Last year we had the pleasure to borrow the 2019 Tiguan R-Line model and as expected it was a favorite CSUV. This time around we are going to find out if it is either just as good as before or better. So, without further ado, let's get on with it.
The exterior styling of the Tiguan has not seen any significant changes to speak of. It still has sharp edges and curved lines to form a pleasant looking body that doesn't hurt the eyes to look at. From my eyes, it looks like a lifted and wider Passat or Jetta (since they all look similar to one another) thanks to the geniuses at VW to make everything look alike. Oddly enough, I can probably guess that this is done to save money by keeping the same styling the same.
The interior design of the 2020 Tiguan is as comforting to look at as the 2019 model. In all honesty, this interior is much nicer to look at due to the pleasant trim with leather blending together. The seats, like all Volkswagens, are comfortable to sit in and offer great support going in a straight line. Going into corners, I felt as if I was about to roll out of my seat. Cabin space is plenty as I can sit behind myself. The trunk offers plenty of space for either long family trips or going out and getting a month's worth of groceries. No flaws could be found in the Tiguan.
Pricing and Options
So, how much does this R-Line Tiguan cost? After everything being added up, the total price comes to $39,815. What does this include? Well for safety, the Tiguan comes with an advanced airbag protection system, ABS, anti-slip regulation, engine brake-assist, electronic brake-pressure distribution, hydraulic braking assist, electronic stability, and traction control, electronic differential lock, intelligent crash response system, automatic post-collision braking system, a rearview camera, park distance control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assisting, and automatic high beam control. For comfort and convenience, the Tiguan comes with dual-zone climate control, 2nd row USB ports, ambient interior lighting, sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity, Fender premium sound system, remote start, smartphone integration, wireless phone charger, heated front seats, and heated telescoping steering wheel, and a large panoramic sunroof.
As far as performance goes, the Tiguan is quite the dog when it comes to acceleration. Under the hood sits a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces a mere 184-horsepower and 221 pounds of torque being sent to all 4 wheels. With my driving habits, I was able to achieve 21 miles to the gallon. As far as ride comfort goes, Volkswagen has always excelled at in my opinion except for the late Beetle. The steering is light yet sharp at the same time. The suspension keeps everything balanced and in place. The braking makes the Tiguan feel as light as a sports car. As for a long drive, the Tiguan offers no stiffness or aches which is a plus for me. The 2019 model had all of the same aspects as well when I had it.
So, is the 2020 Tiguan just as good as the 2019 model? In short yes. Not much has really changed between the two models except for the year they were made. The Tiguan isn't much of a car to boast about and it honestly quite the bore. But it is a perfect car for the family that just likes to go places without necessarily caring about what they're in as long as it is spacious and comfortable. That's what makes the Tiguan a great go-to car for the family because it does what it was made to do.
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