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Volkswagen Tiguan facelift evaluation, take a look at drive | Autocar India

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VW’s flagship SUV goes again from seven seats to 5 and in addition will get a facelift. Has it discovered its candy spot this time?

In case you’d misplaced observe of the Volkswagen Tiguan (to not be confused with the smaller Taigun), right here’s a fast recap. It was a 5-seat diesel premium SUV assembled in India and launched in 2017, touted by VW as being a less expensive various to compact luxurious SUVs just like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Then, when BS6 norms rolled round, VW discontinued it and changed it with its 7-seat sibling, the Tiguan Allspace. Besides this one was a CBU import and it ditched the diesel engine for a 2.Zero TSI petrol. And now, on the finish of 2021, the 5-seat model has returned and changed the Allspace on the high of the VW India pecking order. It’s regionally assembled once more and it’s saved the petrol engine from the 7-seater, however it’s additionally been given a facelift. On top of things? Good.

Refined does it

Modifications on the rear embrace extra chrome, reworked tail-lights and ‘Tiguan’ within the tailgate’s centre.

The massive replace on the skin is on the entrance. Gone are the blocky headlamps, grille and bumper, and of their place is a extra flowing, dare we are saying extra emotional, design that’s in keeping with newer VWs. The headlamps prolong onto the flanks just like the arms on a pair of sun shades, and inside them you’ll discover new DRL signature and ‘IQ Gentle’ beams – VW Converse for Matrix adaptive LED headlamps. There’s heaps extra chrome within the grille this time, and even some within the entrance bumper. Across the sides it’s the identical straight-laced and crease-heavy profile as earlier than, except for a brand new design for the 18-inch alloy wheels. And at last on the rear, there are reprofiled LED tail-lamps, extra chrome within the bumper, and the Tiguan nameplate has now moved to the centre of the tailgate. You’ll additionally discover the brand new, two-dimensional VW emblem included throughout.

IQ matrix LEDs a part of dramatic frontal overhaul;

Inside too, the essential design of the cabin is basically unchanged. It’s nonetheless an all-black cabin, which many will discover only a bit too uninteresting, however it’s additionally extremely properly constructed. Match and end are all however flawless and nearly each floor is soft-touch. What’s modified? There’s VW’s new-generation steering wheel, which appears like a long-overdue improve from the previous wheel that’s been in circulation for a few decade. You now get a 10-inch digital instrument cluster (like within the Allspace) with three configurable shows, the 8.0-inch touchscreen makes use of VW’s new working system, and the gear selector too is of a brand new design. The USB ports are all Kind C now, and you’ll select a color (from amongst 30) for the ambient lighting this time. 

Sure it’s black and uninteresting however you may’t fault the standard. New steering wheel a welcome addition.

A change we’re not so scorching on is the shift from rotary knobs to the touch panels for the AC controls; they’re distracting to make use of on the transfer. Different function standouts are heated leather-based seats (ventilated ones would have been supreme), three-zone local weather management, on- and off-road drive modes and a panoramic sunroof, however what we’d even have preferred to see at this value is a 360-degree digital camera and wi-fi telephone charging.

Contact AC controls a ache on the transfer.

The sculpted seats, entrance and rear, can really feel somewhat comfortable for bigger frames, however they’re very comfortably cushioned. Rear-seat house, as earlier than, is ample, and there’s even loads of thigh assist from the seats. A center passenger will discover it a squeeze, although, and must cope with a big centre console between their toes. What’s extra, you may regulate the seat recline angle and slide the bench ahead or again to liberate extra baggage room, do you have to want it. Not that you’d, with 615 litres on supply, and the choice to split-fold the backrest 40:20:40.

Big on house and cozy too; backrest recline angle may be set adjusted to go well with.

To the inexperienced pump

As with each VW Group automotive in India now, the up to date Tiguan is petrol solely, and it’s largely for the very best that they opted to make use of the two.Zero TSI reasonably than the 1.5 TSI, though you may have it with the smaller engine abroad. Not solely does this provide you with a stable 190hp and 320Nm to play with, it additionally helps separate the Tiguan from its lesser siblings, the Taigun and T-Roc. Nevertheless, we are saying ‘largely’ for the very best, as a result of in case you’re not extraordinarily cautious, this engine can have a consuming drawback, as we’ve noticed within the Allspace and Skoda Very good. That is regardless of the usage of engine stop-start and decoupling the engine throughout coasting, and although we didn’t do an instrumented gasoline effectivity take a look at, it did fare somewhat higher than the Allspace, nudging the 10kpl mark in blended driving.

That apart, nonetheless, it’s a fantastic motor within the vein of many nice TSIs which have gone earlier than it. The Tiguan even feels somewhat sprightlier and lighter on its toes than its Allspace sibling, and in a fast efficiency take a look at, it did 0-100kph in beneath 8.5sec (it even has Launch Management). Don’t, nonetheless, mistake this for an outright sporty engine, as a result of it isn’t. Sure, the DSG gearbox is fast to shift as all the time, however the 2.Zero TSI on this guise doesn’t take pleasure in being stretched too laborious, and is extra comfy at eight-tenths (helps with gasoline consumption too). Pushed like this, you’ll higher recognize its ample mid-range, and improved refinement in comparison with the diesel.

At nearly any pace, the Tiguan’s all-encompassing journey high quality soaks up all the pieces.

It’s at this tempo you’ll even be reminded of what a sound dynamic bundle it’s. There’s that good European solidity with which it goes about its enterprise, and simply past a sliver of underlying firmness exists an all-conquering journey high quality. The tall 55-profile tyres round 18-inch wheels, mixed with strong suspension, can take an absolute pounding from the worst Indian roads can throw at them. Altering drive modes doesn’t have an effect on the suspension, however then you definitely don’t want it to; the usual set-up is simply that good. The suspension additionally affords it good physique management within the corners, and there’s loads of grip from the AWD system too, however like with the engine, you don’t wish to push too laborious. That’s as a result of the steering, although sharp sufficient for on a regular basis use, isn’t one to coax you right into a spirited drive, and this, finally, is a giant heavy SUV that’s geared extra to consolation.

’Guan for consideration

It could have been cheaper than SUVs from luxurious manufacturers, however in comparison with its friends within the premium SUV house, the previous Tiguan was a dear affair. 4 years later, this new one doesn’t change that impression. At Rs 31.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India), it’s out of the league of the Compass and Tucson, and duking it out as an alternative with the likes of the Citroen C5 Aircross. Furthermore, with a petroleum engine, you aren’t precisely recouping the sticker value with operating prices over time. Sure, with petrol costs the way in which they at the moment are, that thirsty engine will doubtless issue into the shopping for determination. However, in case you’re fantastic with that, what you’re getting is a premium SUV that does nearly all the pieces near-perfectly. It’s luxurious, properly made, properly outfitted, comfy, refined, spacious and even fairly first rate to drive. Actually, it nonetheless delivers on that promise VW made – it’s just about all the pieces you need from a luxurious SUV, at a (barely)cheaper price.

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