Volkswagen Tiguan: First Review – The Compact SUV Segment Gets Hot

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The Compact SUV segment in India has undoubtedly become the most preferred one. Reason being simple – Practicality at its best. Use it for day-to-day life with family or hit the highway on a weekend with friends. Cabin Space, Power, Ground Clearance and Driving Dynamics are combined together to call a four wheeler a Compact SUV. Add all the possible features and luxuries to that and it will be called The Volkswagen Tiguan. Yes, by far the most feature loaded (with the price tag attached to it) and latest offering from the Germans in the Indian Market is surely going to give some hiccups to the established players. The experts have one mutual feeling – Tiguan in India will make its own way!

Competition – Hyundai Tucson / BMW X1 / Mercedes Benz GLA / Audi Q3

The Good

1. Positions it as a cheaper alternative to compact luxury SUVs like the BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA!
2. Fit and finish is just outstanding, with rich soft-touch plastics on the dash top, and near perfect panel fitment.
3. There’s the equipment list which, on the Highline at least, is properly vast and, yes, just about good enough to rival a proper luxury SUV.
4. The second row offers up loads of legroom and headroom
5. It feels like a taller Jetta to drive (albeit a bit lighter on its feet) and that’s a pretty good compliment indeed.
6. The interior quality and the equipment on offer are good enough to belong in a proper luxury SUV, there’s loads of space for five and their luggage, and the ride quality is just superb.

The Could Have

1. What works most against it is that it doesn’t have that imposing stance, and without a posh luxury badge, like BMW, Audi or Mercedes, that just won’t cut it with Indian buyers.
2. It just doesn’t have the flamboyance of the Hyundai nor is it as imposing as a Fortuner or an Endeavour, which unfortunately, will make a big difference in our image-conscious market.
3. What’s a little disappointing is the all-black colour scheme for all but the roof lining (which is grey); a bit more colour, even if just for the plastic trim inserts, would have gone a long way.
4. We would have liked if the second row was a little higher up, as this would have given a better view out and more thigh support, which does feel a tad short.

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The Good

1. All the elements combined gives the car a face that’s purposeful and confident.
2. Interior – It feels well-built and from good quality materials.
3. The engine too is incredibly refined.
4. The cabin is well-insulated, quiet and comfortable.
5. The high speed stability is on par with the cars from the entry-level luxury SUV segment.
6. The Tiguan boasts of a 5-star rating in the EuroNCAP crash tests.
7. The Volkswagen Tiguan is a very well packaged SUV with an extensive equipment list and superb driving dynamics

The Could Have

1. The brakes provide plenty of bite but do tend to fall short in feel, which does result in a few misjudged speed breakers, especially under heavy braking.
2. The suspension setup is on the stiffer side which means you do hear a loud thud over rumble strips and larger undulations but you rarely feel the impact.

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The Good

1. Typically solid.
2. The Tiguan rides extremely well.
3. Tiguan is dynamically competent, spacious, very comfortable, has very good high speed manners, convenient in slow-moving traffic in the city, brakes well, steers well, rides well and can handle an office commute and a long-distance family holiday rather well.

The Could Have

1. The Tiguan is a good driver’s crossover. But not a great one.
2. It corners decently, but when you quickly change lanes, the car does roll around a bit.
3. It is solid. But the steering isn’t great. It’s accurate, but a tad light and artificial.

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The Good

1. The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is a smart-looking SUV.
2. The Tiguan has a sophisticated design that leaves a positive impact.
3. In the Tiguan, the build quality, and the fit and finish are top-notch.
4. The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a spacious cabin, possibly more spacious than some of its German rivals.
5. The straight-line stability is impressive and so is the confidence that the Tiguan invokes around corners.
6. It is admittedly quite expensive but at the same time is a well-designed package which offers luxury, safety and decent practicality.

The Could Have

1. The navigation system, which could have been useful feature, is not available in the India-spec car.
2. While it shifts up quickly, there is a bit of lag when it comes downshifting for quick overtakes even in Sport mode.

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The Good

1. It comes loaded with more features and equipment than almost all SUVs at its price point.
2. Fit-finish is excellent, and in line with the more expensive German SUVs the Tiguan targets.
3. The highlight of the Tiguan’s interiors though has to be the high quality materials it uses.
4. The dash in fact is very well put together and its quality and fit-finish speaks volumes about the solid build Volkswagen is known for.
5. Volkswagen has certainly ensured quality is top notch.
6. Hardly any feature missing. Extensive list of features.
7. Refinement levels are excellent.
8. The handling is closer to compact luxury SUVs.
9. Brilliant chassis and well-sorted suspension.
10. The Tiguan’s packaging is as good as it gets for a premium SUV. Tiguan gives you more bang for the buck while feeling as premium.

The Could Have

1. The design is sharp and edgy but simple, as the Tiguan doesn’t look too muscular like conventional SUVs.
2. The steering while precise enough to feel confident irrespective of speeds, could have offered some more feedback, as it can feel slightly vague.
3. Brakes offer good bite but aren’t the best in terms of feel, and a better feel would certainly help in improving judgments when you need to slow down quickly.

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The Good

1. It scored a 5 star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests.
2. The spacious cabin has room enough for 5 people and the rear seats can be adjusted, for reach and recline.
3. There’s good enough knee room, shoulder room and head room and the seat cushions help in making you comfortable; even during long journeys.
4. 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.
The Could Have

1. The Volkswagen Tiguan doesn’t really look aggressive.
2. The Comfortline does not get LED tail lamps and we think that’s a big miss sadly, no navigation system and that would have probably been a value addition.
3. The Comfortline also misses out on keyless entry and a push button start system
4. The ground clearance is a mere 149 mm, which, for an SUV, is less.
5. It will do well on rough surface; but don’t expect it to do what a Fortuner or an Endeavour is capable of.

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