When the Tiguan was first introduced in 2007, it did not take long for it to become one of the most popular models in Volkswagen’s lineup.
The first-generation Tiguan is well-built, and has a functional and spacious interior. The turbocharged 2-litre variant is both punchy and surefooted, thanks to the standard 4Motion all-wheel-drive.
For the not so adventurous, there’s the Tiguan 1.4. Powered by a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine, this front-wheel-drive variant is ideal for drivers who probably won’t be venturing off-road.
Taking an already impressive model and making it even better was no easy feat. But that’s exactly what Volkswagen accomplished with the second-generation Tiguan.
For starters, the latest Tiguan looks handsomer and more dynamic than its predecessor, thanks to its sharper lines, lower and wider dimensions. Its longer wheelbase allows for roomier accommodations, as well as a larger boot for greater practicality.
The Tiguan’s larger size translates into more knee room for backseat passengers. There is also a new Air Care Climatronic system, which comprises three temperature zones. It also comes with an allergen filter, which should stop allergy-prone occupants from sniffling and sneezing.
Tiguan drivers are in for a real treat, too. The available Active Info Display, a fully digital instrument cluster, and Head-Up Display, combine to make driving safer and more convenient.
Safety is further enhanced by Adaptive Cruise Control, along with Front Assist with City Emergency Braking. The latter, which helps prevent collisions, is especially useful in a built-up and crowded environment like ours. You never know when a car might suddenly reverse out of its parking space, or a careless pedestrian might suddenly decide to cross the road!
The Tiguan’s performance is as athletic as its design suggests. The entry-level Tiguan Highline is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine, which delivers 150hp and 250Nm, goes from zero-to-100km/h in just 9.2 seconds.
At the same time, the Tiguan Highline is efficient, too. Utilising Active Cylinder Management (ACT), the engine can run on two instead of four cylinders when the Tiguan is just cruising, thereby reducing fuel consumption and running costs.
Catering to drivers who want a sportier experience is the Tiguan R-Line. Equipped with the turbocharged 2-litre engine that pumps out 220hp and 350Nm of torque, the Tiguan R-Line does the century dash in just 6.5 seconds.
When required, the Tiguan R-Line can go off the beaten path, too. With 4Motion Active Control, all the driver has to do is select the appropriate setting using a convenient dial, and let the Tiguan’s all-wheel-drive system take care of the rest. In the Tiguan R-Line, your adventures can be on the road, or off it.