Why Should the Tiguan Be Considered When Looking for a Higher-End CSUV?
I was given the keys to a Tiguan for a week. Here are my thoughts.
Volkswagen debuted the Tiguan back in 2007. Since then, it is only a couple of years into its second generation. Sure, there are plenty of other CSUVs on the market, but there are a few things that make the Tiguan stand out a little more than anything else. Here are my thoughts on why the Tiguan should be given a second look.
The Tiguan's styling, in my opinion, is the best looking model that Volkswagen has on the line-up that I have seen. It is rounded and boxy. The lines are pronounced with this type of styling. The front fascia looks a bit like a Gillette razor blade with headlights. This helps with how the headlights are designed. My favorite part is the wheels and how the Tiguan sits on its haunches. But, where Volkswagen goes wrong is after the front quarter panel. There is no final stroke of a painter's brush to finish the back-end of the Tiguan to make it look as nice as the front.
The interior design of the Tiguan shows that a Volkswagen can have a luxury and comfort feel to it. I like how the panels and the leather combine to make a nice environment to bask in. My favorite piece is the panoramic sunroof. Not only that, but the seats are comfortable and offer plenty of support. The cabin space is quite large. There's enough space where Volkswagen was able to make a third-row in the Tiguan. Trunk space is abundant. Leg room is great too. The only part where leg room is not the best is in the third-row. Most of the Tiguan competition doesn't compare with anything inside.
Options and Prices
So, how much does this particular Tiguan cost? After everything the total price comes to $34,690. For safety features, the Tiguan comes with 6 airbags that have the advanced protection, ABS, anti-slip regulation and engine brake assist, electronic brake pressure distribution and hydraulic brake assist, electronic stability and traction control, electronic differential lock, intelligent crash response system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitoring, park distance control in the front and rear, and a back-up camera with rear traffic alert. For comfort and convenience, the Tiguan has a tilting and telescopic steering wheel, heated side mirrors, heated front seats with the driver's seat being powered, second-row 40/20/40 split folding seats, rear 50/50 folding seats, 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity with motion sensing. The exterior is given R-Line bumpers and wheels that also go with the interior and the rest of the trim. This is quite reasonably priced compared to the competition.
The Tiguan was given a turbocharged 2.0L inline 4 cylinder with an 8 speed automatic transmission giving all of its 184 horsepower to the front wheels. But that isn't where it necessarily counts. Where it counts here is with the suspension, steering, and fuel economy. The steering is light. The suspension is focused and yet soft at the same time. I can take it into corners with confidence and have a little fun as well. Bumps are never felt in the Tiguan either. The fuel economy is not as bad as other CSUVs. With my driving habits, I was able to achieve 21 miles to the gallon combined. These details are what count for most people. Not how fast it can get from 0-60 miles per hour. People want to know how many miles to the gallon it gets or is it comfortable for the family. The Tiguan shines here.
So, would I buy the Tiguan? Absolutely. If I was looking at the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and even the Toyota Rav4, I would completely take the Tiguan over them without a second thought, even for this price. I would prefer the German made car because of the reputation of how well these cars run.
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