- Engine Option 1: 1.4 L TSI 122 PS (90 kW) / petrol
- Engine Option 2: 1.4 L TSI 150 PS (110 kW) / petrol
- Engine Option 3: 2.0 L TSI 170 PS (125 kW) / petrol
- Engine Option 4: 2.0 L TSI 200 PS (147 kW) / petrol
- Engine Option 5: 2.0 L TDI 110 PS (81 kW) / diesel
- Engine Option 6: 2.0 L TDI 140 PS (103 kW) / diesel
- Engine Option 7: 2.0 L TDI 170 PS (125 kW) / diesel
- Curb Weight: 1,544 kg
- Size: L 4,432 mm x W 1,809 mm x H 1,666 mm
We know, the Touareg seems a bit too big for your taste, not to mention the price, which is out of your budget. However, you want a new SUV and it must be a Volkswagen. How about the all new Touareg? Sounds good, right?
The latest generation of this medium SUV was recently introduced and, at a first look, it seems to be one of the most attractive Volkswagens we’ve seen lately. It has a redesigned front, with new headlights and a grille with chrome accents, creating a really nice overall aspect.
However, the biggest changes, compared with the previous generations, are inside, as the improved cabin practicality and layout are top notch. There’s plenty of interior space, while the new dash, now driver oriented, has quite some interesting shapes and angles, being made from solid, quality materials.
The driving position is comfortable, mostly thanks to the new seats, with 14-way adjustment and some really cool storage trays under the bases. Overall, the interior is comfortable, stylish and ergonomic. 9/10, we’d say.
Finally, one important aspect we need to talk about is the Tiguan’s off-road abilities. Yes, we’re talking about a medium-sized SUV here, but this fellow performs surprisingly well. It even has a dedicated off-road mode, able to re-meter the throttle response, or make the DSG keep lower rations or loosen the stability control.
Oh, and opt for a DSG model! It’s an improved model, with better throttle response!
Driving the new Tiguan for the first time might leave you with mixed feelings about the handling. It’s equipped with a progressive electric steering, which gets more ‘tougher’ as you speed up, while the suspension…well, things can get a bit tricky if you opt for low-profile tires and 20-inch rims. It comes with a decent insulation from road noise, but this can change if you take a ride on coarse chip surfaces, with some ‘sporty’ looking rubbers.
Another aspect that we don’t like is the heads-up display. Don’t get us wrong, the technology itself is awesome, but it seems that Volkswagen forgot about installing the display on the Tiguan at first and, when they remembered about it, they only had some cheap plastic around the factory. And yeah, they used it. The flip-up panel looks fragile, but after some time, you can get used to it.
We like the new Tiguan and we’d pick it hands down over competitors like the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage or Ford Kuga. It has a starting price of $24,995 for the 2.0L TSI model, with a 6-speed automatic transmission, but the best deal is definitely the 2.0 L TDI unit (170 PS). All in all, it’s a hard to beat car, considering the humongous list of options you get even for the base model, the look and especially the interior.
What others say
www.caranddriver.com: “While comfortable, well built, and distinctively styled, the Tiguan is short on interior space and high on price, making it a hard sell.”
www.edmunds.com: “If you want your compact crossover to be a rewarding driving machine, the Volkswagen Tiguan should hit the spot. It’s not the newest or most spacious vehicle in its class, but it counters with confident, eager turbocharged power and an unusually composed driving feel.”