Volkswagen’s Tiguan has raised the luxury quotient bar for compact luxury SUV segment cars in India with its entry in the niche segment. Though Tiguan is not the first SUV from Volkswagen, and it is not the car which is made in India yet it seems Tiguan is here to capture a significant share.
Firsts for Tiguan in India
- It is the first vehicle by Volkswagen India in the compact luxury SUV segment.
- It is Volkswagen’s first car in India which is based on the MQB platform.
- It is also the first car to get an all-wheel drive in the compact luxury SUV segment as part of standard fitment.
With its face borrowed from the new-gen Passat, Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t bear an aggressive look at all. To add to the looks and to make it look more premium chrome finish has been beautifully added on the grill around the car. Characteristic lines join the grille in a V shape and add attractive looks to the bonnet. Equipped with sleek LED headlights the car bears a complete sophisticated look.
Surpassing the elder generation
The car has been designed beautifully to add to its looks and this second generation car looks better than before. The new-gen Tiguan is 30mm wider, 60mm longer and the wheelbase too is up by 77mm.
The layout of the cabin is that of a sedan and seating position is striking indeed. What adds to the sportiness quotient of this SUV is the flat-bottomed steering wheel. All-black interior coupled with the twin-pod instrument cluster gives it a refined look but this is something that other Volkswagen cars too possess.
Dose of Entertainment
A 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system in Volkswagen Tiguan promises the right dose of entertainment and it comes equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Loaded with features such as Bluetooth, cruise control, an SD card slot and a CD player the system lacks a navigation system which is in fact a minus point but navigation can be accessed via the VW App Connect.
Volkswagen Tiguan has a 3-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and a push button start system are some of the features that is only available in the Highline variant, the Comfortline variants misses out these features.
Sitting and luggage
The cabin is indeed spacious and has room enough for 5 people. The rear seats can be easily adjusted, for reach and recline. Knee room, shoulder room and head room makes it spacious while the seat cushions add to the comfort quotient. Though Volkswagen Tiguan’s boot has a capacity of 615-litre but it can be easily expanded to 1,655 litres with the rear seat folded down.
Power of the Engine
Available only with 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine option in India Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine produces 141 bhp with the 7-speed DSG unit and the power is channeled to all the wheels. To make the drive easy a rotary control is given that offers different drive modes such as — Normal, Off-road, Off-road Individual and Snow.
Safe and secure
2017 model of the Volkswagen Tiguan has bagged a 5 star rating from Euro NCAP and the Indian edition too is packed with a cluster of safety features.
- Six airbags, as standard,
- Isofix child-seat mounts
- Seat-belts with pre-tensioners,
- Parking sensors,
- Stability control and
- A tyre pressure monitoring system.
- Reverse parking camera
- Self-sealing tyres
- In case of a collision with a pedestrian a sensor on the front bumper raises the rear end of the hood to minimise injuries caused to a pedestrian.
The compact luxury SUV segment Volkswagen Tiguan starts at Rs 27.98 lakh in India and the top end variant which is loaded with all the attractive, luxury and safety features costs more than Rs 31 lakh.
Though the SUV is in direct competition with Hyundai Tucson, Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner but the price that it carries pushes it into a niche segment where it stands in competition with luxury contenders like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
Assembled in India, the Tiguan is a fully loaded compact luxury SUV which offers a great fuel economy figure of more than 17 kmpl.
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