Volkswagen Tiguan – Here’s everything that you need to know!
VW India has entered the SUV segment in India with the launch of the new 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan. This isn’t the first time that the company is trying its hands on the SUV market in the country. VW used to sell the Touareg in India, though it never really managed to clock significant sales. The major reason behind its failure was the lower interest in premium SUVs at that time.
However, the Indian market has matured by a huge margin in the last couple of years. The increased interest in SUVs is visible from the entry-level models to the luxury products. Moreover, with the launch of the new-gen Hyundai Tucson and the upcoming introduction of the Jeep Compass, a niche of premium 5-seater SUVs has been developed.
The model launched in India is the second-generation Tiguan which was internationally revealed in 2015. It comes with Volkswagen’s understated design philosophy. The front end is characterised by a chrome lined grille that integrates into the two headlamp housings on each end. The headlights are projector units and also house the DRLs. The sheet metal area is relatively bland and doesn’t get the flamboyance of the Tucson. Meanwhile, the rear does look slightly quirky, especially because of the snooping down shape of the taillights.
Powering the Tiguan is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that churns out 141 BHP and 340 Nm of torque, while being mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox. Interestingly, there is no manual transmission option on offer. It is available in two drive setups – 4×2 and 4×4.
Volkswagen Tiguan India price
The Tiguan is available in two variants in India – Comfortline and Highline. The former is priced at Rs. 27.68 lakh, while the latter is pegged at 31.04 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). These price figures are surely a level higher than its immediate rivals like the Tucson and the upcoming Compass. However, it must be noted that while the other two SUVs are made in India with high levels of localization, the Tiguan is assembled through CKD kits that are imported from the international markets. These imported kits attract higher tax rates and thus push the overall pricing of the Tiguan in India on the higher side.
|Volkswagen Tiguan Variants||Ex-showroom, Mumbai|
|Comfortline||Rs 27.68 lakh|
|Highline||Rs 31.04 lakh|
Volkswagen Tiguan India specifications
The VW Tiguan 2017 draws its power from a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TDI diesel engine. This power plant is mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox that makes it a fairly peppy car to drive. The official output figures are rated at 141 BHP and 340 Nm. The Comfortline variant comes with a two wheel drive setup while the top-end Highline model gets an all wheel drive system.
|Engine||2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI Diesel|
|Gearbox||7-speed DSG automatic|
|Drivetrain||FWD and AWD|
Volkswagen Tiguan 2017 Mileage
The new Tiguan is built on VW’s light-weight MQB platform. The use of lighter materials in its construction has resulted in a weight drop of 50 kg, as compared to the previous-gen model. A lighter weight means a hike in fuel efficiency of the SUV. As a result, the Tiguan can deliver an ARAI rated mileage figure of 17.06 km/l.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2017 Variant-wise features
|Volkswagen Tiguan Comfortline||Volkswagen Tiguan Highline|
|LED headlamps||Panoramic sunroof|
|• LED DRLs (daytime running lights)||• Keyless entry with push-button start|
|• LED taillamps||• Easy open tailgate with delayed closing function|
|• 17-inch alloy wheels||• Ambient lighting|
|• Power-operated and heated front seats||• Illuminated front scuff plates|
|• Dual front airbags||• Reverse parking camera|
|• ABS (anti-lock-braking system)||• Reverse parking camera|
|• Electronic Stability Control (ESC)||• Self-sealing tyres|
|• All four disc brakes||• Larger 18-inch unit|
|• Rain sensing wipers||• Dual-tone front bumper with chrome inserts|
|• Park distance control||• Cornering lights|
|• Paddle shifters||• Silver roof rails atop|
Volkswagen Tiguan Competitors
- Hyundai Tucson
- Jeep Compass
Volkswagen Tiguan Exteriors
The Tiguan can easily be termed as the most stylish and contemporary five seater SUV in the market. Volkswagen has successfully managed to some bling to the otherwise timeless design of the Tiguan. The front gets a pair of LED headlamps with DRLs. The boxy shape of the headlight assemblies integrates perfectly with the horizontally slated chrome grille and given the car a seamless appeal at the front. The bumper houses a blacked out area on the lower portion and large fog lamps.
The side profile reveals 17-inch / 18-inch alloys (depending on the variant), beefed up wheel arches and black cladding above the running board. There is a prominent character line that runs on the door panels, amongst the door handles and integrates with the taillights. A large rear bumper area, subtle roof mounted spoiler and contemporarily styled LED taillights complete the car’s looks.
Volkswagen Tiguan Interiors
The Tiguan comes with an all-black cabin thick that makes the interiors look sports and vibrant. The overall layout is ergonomic and has been fabricated by using high quality materials. The centre console is slightly tilted towards the driver and houses an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The lower are of the console is occupied by the automatic climate control console.
The Tiguan gets a 5-seat layout. The seats are covered with leather and feel extremely premium. Space on offer is adequate for a vehicle of this size and certainly trumps the Tucson in the practicality department. The black interiors do make things a bit claustrophobic on the inside, though the panoramic sunroof on the Highline variants helps in liberating aeriness to the ambience.