Volkswagen To Offer 19 SUVs Worldwide By 2020

Volkswagen has been at looking at streamlining its product portfolio across the globe and now we see it usher in a new generation of cars altogether. The new generation of the Polo hatchback was recently unveiled in Berlin with a public debut expected at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was at this event that Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management talked about some of the future products that Volkswagen are expected to bring to the table.

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The focus of the company will now shift to making SUVs and that focus has been shifted thanks to global trends. The company currently offers 4 SUVs across global markets – Tiguan, Touareg, Atlas and the Tiguan AllSpace. Sadly India gets only one of these – the Tiguan but there are more coming our way. We’ve already said that SUVs are a global trend and Volkswagen is getting on the bandwagon. According to Diess, “Volkswagen will be looking to take the tally of its SUVs to 19 by 2020and it’ll all start with the T-Roc which will be launched later this year.”

volkswagen t roc concept front quarter


From a portfolio of 4, Volkswagen plans to expand it to 19 in just 3 years and that’s ambitious for sure.  Diess explains that by 2020, 40 per cent of the market offering from the Volkswagen stable will be SUVs. The T-Roc will be the first among the others to hit the market.The VW T-Roc will join the line-up below  the Tiguan. It will be based on the versatile MQB platform and Volkswagen target audience are customers who want practicality and a raised ride height. Expect the petrol and diesel engines to be similar to the ones in the Golf. So, a 113bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol, and 1.6-litre & 2.0-litre diesel engines. Likely to be offered with front- and four-wheel drive, the VW T-ROC’s choice of gearboxes will include a six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic.The Volkswagen T-Roc will be launched globally this year

We can’t wait to know what cars Volkswagen has in store for India and considering that our country is taking a liking to SUVs and in fact the segment is doing very well. This would certainly be an opportune time to get some cars to India and the Tiguan is a good beginning. Considering that the T-Roc will prove to be expensive to make in India (as we’ve already told you about the new-gen Polo) but we wait for Volkswagen to do the math and well, bring the car here.

 

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV Review

The Volkswagen Tiguan is like Jackie Chan. At first glance, it’s not intimidating; so not aggressive. Rather, it has a smile on its face and walks about, doing its things. It doesn’t even have a brawny look; so though there is a bit of muscle, it’s doesn’t really show. But, when you call it out for a fight, it doesn’t hesitate; and, yes, it gives its best shot. It’s versatile, to say the least, and Volkswagen India has made every bit of an effort to make sure that it stays that way. Volkswagen recently launched the Tiguan, in India, and at a price point that makes it lock horns with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA and even the BMW X1. You cannot discount the Hyundai Tucson either; but the folks at Volkswagen insist that the Tucson isn’t its main rival; and that’s when you get to understand how desperately the company wants this one to be a midsize SUV.

volkswagen tiguan review
The Volkswagen Tiguan gets a fair share of firsts. It marks VW India’s entry into the compact luxury SUV segment. It’s the company’s first car, in India, which is based on the MQB platform and it’s also the first car, in the compact luxury SUV segment, to get an all-wheel drive, as part of standard fitment. All that said, it’s not the first SUV, from VW, to come to India; does Touareg ring a bell? And, it’s also not made, in India, it’s assembled here. Having cleared out all the facts, let’s get on to the details.

I’ve already talked about how the Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t really look aggressive. It borrows its face from the new-gen Passat and Golf and there’s enough chrome, on the grill and around the car, to make it look a bit more premium. The bonnet sports characteristic lines, which join the grille, in a V shape. The sleek looking LED headlights complete the sophisticated look of the car. Strap a tie on that car; and, it’s ready for a board meeting.
volkswagen tiguan review
Well, it looks better than before and we’re glad that we get the second generation of the car, in India, which looks rather attractive. Compared to the previous-gen model, the new-gen VW Tiguan is 60mm longer, 30mm wider and the wheelbase too is up by 77mm; so yes, it has grown. Though bigger, the Tiguan manages to retain its compact dimensions, with the large wheel arches with short overhangs. The Highline variant, that we were driving, comes fitted with 18-inch multi-spoke alloys, which look good (the Comfortline gets 17-inch wheels). Adding to the rugged look are the brushed aluminium-finished roof rails and the matte cladding, on the lower half of the body. The lines, on the side, merge well into the rear and that’s where you see the LED tail lamps, which are simple and only available in the Highline trim. (Yes, the Comfortline does not get LED tail lamps and we think that’s a big miss).
volkswagen tiguan review
What VW has got spot on though is the cabin; and while the seating position inside is commanding, the layout of the cabin is that of a sedan. The flat-bottomed steering wheel adds to the sportiness quotient and then there’s the twin-pod instrument cluster and finally the all-black interior, which is something that we’ve seen, on other Volkswagen cars.
volkswagen tiguan review
Then, there’s the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which comes equipped with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. It gets a Bluetooth, cruise control, an SD card slot and a CD player; but sadly, no navigation system and that would have probably been a value addition. However, the navigation can be accessed via the VW App Connect. There’s also a 3-zone climate control, on the Volkswagen Tiguan; but the panoramic sunroof is the highlight of the cabin; but, then again, that’s only available in the Highline variant. The Comfortline also misses out on keyless entry and a push button start system. The spacious cabin has room enough for 5 people and the rear seats can be adjusted, for reach and recline. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and has a memory function, while the navigator seat can be manually adjusted, for height and reach. There’s good enough kneeroom, shoulder room and head room and the seat cushions help in making you comfortable; even during long journeys. Ergonomically too, everything is within your reach and there are a whole bunch of cubby holes that are spread, all across the car. The Tiguan’s boot has a 615-litre capacity, which expands to 1,655 litres, with the rear seat folded down.

volkswagen tiguan review
But, enough about space! Let’s talk about the engine and well, there’s just one – a diesel. While, in global markets, the Tiguan is available, with a range of powertrains, India just gets the 2.0-litre diesel option. It’s a refined unit, I must admit; but, as the revs build up, there’s a bit of engine noise that seeps into the cabin; nevertheless, it’s not too harsh. Developing 141 bhp, the Tiguan has enough power and certainly you don’t need more than that. Pulling power is available, from 1,900 rpm, and while driving, in city conditions, you do notice that there’s a bit of lag, till it hits the sweet spot. On highways though, the VW Tiguan feels more at home, as the 7-speed DSG unit channels all that power to the wheels; and you reach the three digit mark, on the speedo, effortlessly. Use the rotary control and you can select between different drive modes – Normal, Off-road, Off-road Individual and Snow. In the individual mode, you can change the preference of the steering feel, powertrain behaviour (all of which get modes – Normal Sport or Eco) and even the air conditioning. In the Off-road Individual mode, you can also alter the drivetrain and hill hold/descent settings, as well; so, there are a bunch of options, to choose from.
volkswagen tiguan review
You cannot change the suspension setting on this one and that’s probably good, because this one has a bit more travel. It’s on the softer side and that’s why, it soaks in all the potholes, on the road and even the odd bumps that come your way. The cabin is well insulated, from the ‘thuds’ that you might encounter, thanks to these disturbances, on the road surface; and, we have to commend VW on the NVH levels of the car. The Tiguan builds up speed, on the highway, and there’s very little body roll that you encounter; and that is maybe because it sits lower. The ground clearance is a mere 149 mm, which, for an SUV, is less. The brakes have a nice bite to them and there’s no drama; if you want to stop, in a hurry. It’s not a hard core off roader though; so while it has AWD, it can’t be considered as one. It will do well on rough surface; but don’t expect it to do what a Fortuner or an Endeavour is capable of.
volkswagen tiguan review
As far as safety is concerned, the Volkswagen Tiguan 2017 model has already received a 5 star rating, from Euro NCAP; and yes, the Indian edition too comes packed, with a whole bunch of safety features. It has six airbags, as standard, Isofix child-seat mounts, seat-belts with pre-tensioners, parking sensors, ABS, stability control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. The Highline variant, of the Tiguan also gets reverse parking camera and even self-sealing tyres (basically tyres which won’t puncture, unless you really try hard to get them to). As part of pedestrian safety, the VW Tiguan also gets a sensor, on the front bumper that raises the rear end of the hood, to minimise the injuries caused to a pedestrian, something which comes in handy.
volkswagen tiguan review
This feature packed car is priced at ₹ 27.98 lakh, for the Comfortline, and more than ₹ 31 lakh, for the Highline, making it more expensive than the Hyundai Tucson and even the Ford Endeavour; thus pushing it into a niche segment, with contenders like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1.

The Tiguan, then, proves to be a feature packed, practical offering, which returns a fuel economy figure of more than 17 kmpl (ARAI tested) and still has the finesse of a luxury car. Assembled in India, the Tiguan might take some time to show a spike, on VW’s sales chart; what it will do, however, is set a precedent for other manufacturers, to not shy away from entering a niche segment.

6th Generation Volkswagen Polo Makes Global Debut

The sixth generation of the Volkswagen Polo has been revealed and well there’s not much difference on the face of it compared to its predecessor. Volkswagen has tweaked the styling a bit and yes, there’s a noticeable change, but still, it’s very much like the old Polo. It’s one of the most successful of cars from the Volkswagen stable and has sold 14 million units worldwide. India too has been part of its success story and the new-gen of the car was due. Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand, said, “The Polo is a young, fresh car. It combines charisma with strong technology. No other car offers so much space for its size. This makes our Polo the number one compact, and it will remain number one.”

new volkswagen polo

The new Polo is longer than its predecessor and gets a bigger boot too

The sixth generation Polo has grown. It’s larger than its predecessor in all of its dimensions. The new Polo, with its length of 4,053 mm, is slightly shorter than the fourth generation Golf, but it surpasses that Golf when it comes to its wheelbase (53 mm longer). This translates into more space at the rear and that’s very good. There’s more boot space on offer too and it’s grown from 280 to 351 litres. The growth in dimensions are positive effects of the modular transverse matrix (MQB).

new volkswagen polo rear

The rear looks similar to the current model but the LED tail lights lend a unique touch

Frank Welsch, Board Member for Development of the Volkswagen Brand said, “The new Polo brings the future to the compact class. A whole lot of space – based on the modular transverse matrix – sustainable engines like a new natural gas TGI, the world premiere of a new generation of the Active Info Display, the latest infotainment systems and forward-thinking assistance systems – these qualities enable this Volkswagen to overcome traditional class boundaries.”

new volkswagen polo cabin

The cabin gets a new completely digital infotainment system

The face is all new and serious at that and even the sides see a strong muscular line but still it isn’t in your face. It’s calm. There are new options available and this includes light-intense full-LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, ‘Air Care Climatronic’ system with air quality sensor and allergen filter, wireless charging for smartphones (optional inductive aerial connection) and a large panoramic roof.

new volkswagen polo digital instrument console

The digital instrument console is similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system

The major changes though are on the inside and the Polo gets a whole new generation of infotainment systems. With glass-covered surfaces and digital operation, there’s an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display that comes as standard. But there’s the Active Info Display that we’re really interested in and that’s because it’s similar to the Virtual Cockpit in the Audi. The digital instruments offer more information, a more logical structure, even more graphic clarity and more joy in operating them. Now, one button on the steering wheel can be used to activate different graphic menus quickly.

new volkswagen polo

Engine options on the new Polo range from the 1.0 to the 2.0-litre turbo petrol & diesel engines

Then, there are the engines, and there are a bunch of them. Volkswagen will introduce the Polo with nine Euro-6 engines. The power range at market launch will be in the range of 64 bhp and 147 bhp. For the first time, the Polo will also be available with a natural gas engine: the newly developed 1.0 TGI with an output of 89 bhp. There will be four petrol and two diesel engines on offer. The petrol engines range from the 1.0 MPI with 64 bhp to the brand new 1.5 TSI EVO with cylinder deactivation (ACT) and 147 bhp. There will be diesel versions as well with outputs ranging from 79 bhp to 94 bhp. Of course, there’s going to be the GTI, but that will come later in the year and it’ll come with a powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine punching out 198 bhp.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV Review

The Volkswagen Tiguan is like Jackie Chan. At first glance, it’s not intimidating; so not aggressive. Rather, it has a smile on its face and walks about, doing its things. It doesn’t even have a brawny look; so though there is a bit of muscle, it’s doesn’t really show. But, when you call it out for a fight, it doesn’t hesitate; and, yes, it gives its best shot. It’s versatile, to say the least, and Volkswagen India has made every bit of an effort to make sure that it stays that way. Volkswagen recently launched the Tiguan, in India, and at a price point that makes it lock horns with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA and even the BMW X1. You cannot discount the Hyundai Tucson either; but the folks at Volkswagen insist that the Tucson isn’t its main rival; and that’s when you get to understand how desperately the company wants this one to be a midsize SUV.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan gets a fair share of firsts. It marks VW India’s entry into the compact luxury SUV segment. It’s the company’s first car, in India, which is based on the MQB platform and it’s also the first car, in the compact luxury SUV segment, to get an all-wheel drive, as part of standard fitment. All that said, it’s not the first SUV, from VW, to come to India; does Touareg ring a bell? And, it’s also not made, in India, it’s assembled here. Having cleared out all the facts, let’s get on to the details.

volkswagen tiguan review

I’ve already talked about how the Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t really look aggressive. It borrows its face from the new-gen Passat and Golf and there’s enough chrome, on the grill and around the car, to make it look a bit more premium. The bonnet sports characteristic lines, which join the grille, in a V shape. The sleek looking LED headlights complete the sophisticated look of the car. Strap a tie on that car; and, it’s ready for a board meeting.

volkswagen tiguan review
Well, it looks better than before and we’re glad that we get the second generation of the car, in India, which looks rather attractive. Compared to the previous-gen model, the new-gen VW Tiguan is 60mm longer, 30mm wider and the wheelbase too is up by 77mm; so yes, it has grown. Though bigger, the Tiguan manages to retain its compact dimensions, with the large wheel arches with short overhangs. The Highline variant, that we were driving, comes fitted with 18-inch multi-spoke alloys, which look good (the Comfortline gets 17-inch wheels). Adding to the rugged look are the brushed aluminium-finished roof rails and the matte cladding, on the lower half of the body. The lines, on the side, merge well into the rear and that’s where you see the LED tail lamps, which are simple and only available in the Highline trim. (Yes, the Comfortline does not get LED tail lamps and we think that’s a big miss).

volkswagen tiguan review
What VW has got spot on though is the cabin; and while the seating position inside is commanding, the layout of the cabin is that of a sedan. The flat-bottomed steering wheel adds to the sportiness quotient and then there’s the twin-pod instrument cluster and finally the all-black interior, which is something that we’ve seen, on other Volkswagen cars.

volkswagen tiguan review
Then, there’s the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which comes equipped with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. It gets a Bluetooth, cruise control, an SD card slot and a CD player; but sadly, no navigation system and that would have probably been a value addition. However, the navigation can be accessed via the VW App Connect. There’s also a 3-zone climate control, on the Volkswagen Tiguan; but the panoramic sunroof is the highlight of the cabin; but, then again, that’s only available in the Highline variant. The Comfortline also misses out on keyless entry and a push button start system. The spacious cabin has room enough for 5 people and the rear seats can be adjusted, for reach and recline. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and has a memory function, while the navigator seat can be manually adjusted, for height and reach. There’s good enough kneeroom, shoulder room and head room and the seat cushions help in making you comfortable; even during long journeys. Ergonomically too, everything is within your reach and there are a whole bunch of cubby holes that are spread, all across the car. The Tiguan’s boot has a 615-litre capacity, which expands to 1,655 litres, with the rear seat folded down.

volkswagen tiguan review
But, enough about space! Let’s talk about the engine and well, there’s just one – a diesel. While, in global markets, the Tiguan is available, with a range of powertrains, India just gets the 2.0-litre diesel option. It’s a refined unit, I must admit; but, as the revs build up, there’s a bit of engine noise that seeps into the cabin; nevertheless, it’s not too harsh. Developing 141 bhp, the Tiguan has enough power and certainly you don’t need more than that. Pulling power is available, from 1,900 rpm, and while driving, in city conditions, you do notice that there’s a bit of lag, till it hits the sweet spot. On highways though, the VW Tiguan feels more at home, as the 7-speed DSG unit channels all that power to the wheels; and you reach the three digit mark, on the speedo, effortlessly. Use the rotary control and you can select between different drive modes – Normal, Off-road, Off-road Individual and Snow. In the individual mode, you can change the preference of the steering feel, powertrain behaviour (all of which get modes – Normal Sport or Eco) and even the air conditioning. In the Off-road Individual mode, you can also alter the drivetrain and hill hold/descent settings, as well; so, there are a bunch of options, to choose from.

volkswagen tiguan review
You cannot change the suspension setting on this one and that’s probably good, because this one has a bit more travel. It’s on the softer side and that’s why, it soaks in all the potholes, on the road and even the odd bumps that come your way. The cabin is well insulated, from the ‘thuds’ that you might encounter, thanks to these disturbances, on the road surface; and, we have to commend VW on the NVH levels of the car. The Tiguan builds up speed, on the highway, and there’s very little body roll that you encounter; and that is maybe because it sits lower. The ground clearance is a mere 149 mm, which, for an SUV, is less. The brakes have a nice bite to them and there’s no drama; if you want to stop, in a hurry. It’s not a hard core off roader though; so while it has AWD, it can’t be considered as one. It will do well on rough surface; but don’t expect it to do what a Fortuner or an Endeavour is capable of.

volkswagen tiguan review
As far as safety is concerned, the Volkswagen Tiguan 2017 model has already received a 5 star rating, from Euro NCAP; and yes, the Indian edition too comes packed, with a whole bunch of safety features. It has six airbags, as standard, Isofix child-seat mounts, seat-belts with pre-tensioners, parking sensors, ABS, stability control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. The Highline variant, of the Tiguan also gets reverse parking camera and even self-sealing tyres (basically tyres which won’t puncture, unless you really try hard to get them to). As part of pedestrian safety, the VW Tiguan also gets a sensor, on the front bumper that raises the rear end of the hood, to minimise the injuries caused to a pedestrian, something which comes in handy.

volkswagen tiguan review
This feature packed car is priced at ₹ 27.98 lakh, for the Comfortline, and more than ₹ 31 lakh, for the Highline, making it more expensive than the Hyundai Tucson and even the Ford Endeavour; thus pushing it into a niche segment, with contenders like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1.

The Tiguan, then, proves to be a feature packed, practical offering, which returns a fuel economy figure of more than 17 kmpl (ARAI tested) and still has the finesse of a luxury car. Assembled in India, the Tiguan might take some time to show a spike, on VW’s sales chart; what it will do, however, is set a precedent for other manufacturers, to not shy away from entering a niche segment.

 

New Volkswagen Polo: 5 Things You Should Know

The New Volkswagen Polo will be unveiled to the world on 16th June, 2017. This will be the sixth generation Polo and will be coming to India next year as well. Being a completely new-generation, the new VW Polo will sport a new exterior design and will also be slightly bigger than the model currently on sale. The new Volkswagen Polo has been spotted testing many a times as well. Volkswagen says that the design language on the new Polo will complement the sporty demeanour of the car. In fact, the company also released a few teaser images of the new Polo and the Yellow colour surely puts the cheer in the new Polo car.

Here are some important things you should know about the new Polo car.

  1. The first and the most important thing is that the new-gen VW Polo will now be manufactured having the versatile MQB A0 platform as its underpinning. This is the same platform, which also underpins the newly launched Volkswagen Tiguan in India. The previous generation Volkswagen Polo was built on the PQ25 platform.
    new generation volkswagen polo(New-Generation Volkswagen Polo)
  2. The silhouette of the car has changed. The new VW Polo has grown bigger and the wheelbase too has increased by 90 mm, from 2,470 mm to 2,550 mm. The width has increased by a fair margin too. Of course, the car will continue to be less than 4 metres in length. The cabin will have more room than the outgoing generation of the Polo.
  3. As far as connectivity is concerned, the top trims of the new VW Polo will have a 9.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system which will have smartphone integration in the form on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There will be other connectivity options as well, depending on the trim level.
    new generation volkswagen polo(This is the base model of the new-gen Polo. Notice the halogen headlamps)
  4. As far as engine options are concerned, the new-gen Polo will have the 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine when it goes on sale in India. We might also see the sportier GT variants of the Polo in due course of time.
  5. The new-generation Polo will also form the basis of the new-gen Vento and the new-gen Ameo as well.

 

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV Review

The Volkswagen Tiguan is like Jackie Chan. At first glance, it’s not intimidating; so not aggressive. Rather, it has a smile on its face and walks about, doing its things. It doesn’t even have a brawny look; so though there is a bit of muscle, it’s doesn’t really show. But, when you call it out for a fight, it doesn’t hesitate; and, yes, it gives its best shot. It’s versatile, to say the least, and Volkswagen India has made every bit of an effort to make sure that it stays that way. Volkswagen recently launched the Tiguan, in India, and at a price point that makes it lock horns with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA and even the BMW X1. You cannot discount the Hyundai Tucson either; but the folks at Volkswagen insist that the Tucson isn’t its main rival; and that’s when you get to understand how desperately the company wants this one to be a midsize SUV.

The Volkswagen Tiguan gets a fair share of firsts. It marks VW India’s entry into the compact luxury SUV segment. It’s the company’s first car, in India, which is based on the MQB platform and it’s also the first car, in the compact luxury SUV segment, to get an all-wheel drive, as part of standard fitment. All that said, it’s not the first SUV, from VW, to come to India; does Touareg ring a bell? And, it’s also not made, in India, it’s assembled here. Having cleared out all the facts, let’s get on to the details.

I’ve already talked about how the Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t really look aggressive. It borrows its face from the new-gen Passat and Golf and there’s enough chrome, on the grill and around the car, to make it look a bit more premium. The bonnet sports characteristic lines, which join the grille, in a V shape. The sleek looking LED headlights complete the sophisticated look of the car. Strap a tie on that car; and, it’s ready for a board meeting.

simplezoom-img
Well, it looks better than before and we’re glad that we get the second generation of the car, in India, which looks rather attractive. Compared to the previous-gen model, the new-gen VW Tiguan is 60mm longer, 30mm wider and the wheelbase too is up by 77mm; so yes, it has grown. Though bigger, the Tiguan manages to retain its compact dimensions, with the large wheel arches with short overhangs. The Highline variant, that we were driving, comes fitted with 18-inch multi-spoke alloys, which look good (the Comfortline gets 17-inch wheels). Adding to the rugged look are the brushed aluminium-finished roof rails and the matte cladding, on the lower half of the body. The lines, on the side, merge well into the rear and that’s where you see the LED tail lamps, which are simple and only available in the Highline trim. (Yes, the Comfortline does not get LED tail lamps and we think that’s a big miss).

What VW has got spot on though is the cabin; and while the seating position inside is commanding, the layout of the cabin is that of a sedan. The flat-bottomed steering wheel adds to the sportiness quotient and then there’s the twin-pod instrument cluster and finally the all-black interior, which is something that we’ve seen, on other Volkswagen cars.

Then, there’s the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which comes equipped with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. It gets a Bluetooth, cruise control, an SD card slot and a CD player; but sadly, no navigation system and that would have probably been a value addition. However, the navigation can be accessed via the VW App Connect. There’s also a 3-zone climate control, on the Volkswagen Tiguan; but the panoramic sunroof is the highlight of the cabin; but, then again, that’s only available in the Highline variant. The Comfortline also misses out on keyless entry and a push button start system. The spacious cabin has room enough for 5 people and the rear seats can be adjusted, for reach and recline. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and has a memory function, while the navigator seat can be manually adjusted, for height and reach. There’s good enough kneeroom, shoulder room and head room and the seat cushions help in making you comfortable; even during long journeys. Ergonomically too, everything is within your reach and there are a whole bunch of cubby holes that are spread, all across the car. The Tiguan’s boot has a 615-litre capacity, which expands to 1,655 litres, with the rear seat folded down.

volkswagen tiguan review(The Tiguan has a bootspace of 1,655 litres with the rear seats folded)
But, enough about space! Let’s talk about the engine and well, there’s just one – a diesel. While, in global markets, the Tiguan is available, with a range of powertrains, India just gets the 2.0-litre diesel option. It’s a refined unit, I must admit; but, as the revs build up, there’s a bit of engine noise that seeps into the cabin; nevertheless, it’s not too harsh. Developing 141 bhp, the Tiguan has enough power and certainly you don’t need more than that. Pulling power is available, from 1,900 rpm, and while driving, in city conditions, you do notice that there’s a bit of lag, till it hits the sweet spot. On highways though, the VW Tiguan feels more at home, as the 7-speed DSG unit channels all that power to the wheels; and you reach the three digit mark, on the speedo, effortlessly. Use the rotary control and you can select between different drive modes – Normal, Off-road, Off-road Individual and Snow. In the individual mode, you can change the preference of the steering feel, powertrain behaviour (all of which get modes – Normal Sport or Eco) and even the air conditioning. In the Off-road Individual mode, you can also alter the drivetrain and hill hold/descent settings, as well; so, there are a bunch of options, to choose from.

volkswagen tiguan review(The Tiguan gets a 2.0-litre TDI engine making 141 bhp)
You cannot change the suspension setting on this one and that’s probably good, because this one has a bit more travel. It’s on the softer side and that’s why, it soaks in all the potholes, on the road and even the odd bumps that come your way. The cabin is well insulated, from the ‘thuds’ that you might encounter, thanks to these disturbances, on the road surface; and, we have to commend VW on the NVH levels of the car. The Tiguan builds up speed, on the highway, and there’s very little body roll that you encounter; and that is maybe because it sits lower. The ground clearance is a mere 149 mm, which, for an SUV, is less. The brakes have a nice bite to them and there’s no drama; if you want to stop, in a hurry. It’s not a hard core off roader though; so while it has AWD, it can’t be considered as one. It will do well on rough surface; but don’t expect it to do what a Fortuner or an Endeavour is capable of.

As far as safety is concerned, the Volkswagen Tiguan 2017 model has already received a 5 star rating, from Euro NCAP; and yes, the Indian edition too comes packed, with a whole bunch of safety features. It has six airbags, as standard, Isofix child-seat mounts, seat-belts with pre-tensioners, parking sensors, ABS, stability control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. The Highline variant, of the Tiguan also gets reverse parking camera and even self-sealing tyres (basically tyres which won’t puncture, unless you really try hard to get them to). As part of pedestrian safety, the VW Tiguan also gets a sensor, on the front bumper that raises the rear end of the hood, to minimise the injuries caused to a pedestrian, something which comes in handy.
This feature packed car is priced at ₹ 27.98 lakh, for the Comfortline, and more than ₹ 31 lakh, for the Highline, making it more expensive than the Hyundai Tucson and even the Ford Endeavour; thus pushing it into a niche segment, with contenders like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1.

The Tiguan, then, proves to be a feature packed, practical offering, which returns a fuel economy figure of more than 17 kmpl (ARAI tested) and still has the finesse of a luxury car. Assembled in India, the Tiguan might take some time to show a spike, on VW’s sales chart; what it will do, however, is set a precedent for other manufacturers, to not shy away from entering a niche segment.