ALL NEW VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN: BRED FOR ADVENTURE

Volkswagen is one of the most loved automotive brands in the Nepalese automobile market as well as the global market. The German automakers have always been a popular choice and there is little question to it. Undeniably, the most popular product from the German stable is the Volkswagen Polo, but a close second is the Volkswagen Tiguan. One of the front-runners in the premium compact SUV segment, the Tiguan has had some very satisfied customers. Maybe because things were so good, Volkswagen did little to alter things with the Tiguan. Aside from the face-lift it received in 2011, the German crossover has been on the roads for close to a decade without getting a major overhaul. Until now.

Entering its second generation, the Tiguan uses the distinguished MQB architecture (which means front wheel drive is standard), which allowed VW to reduce costs and build the SUV in both short- and long-wheelbase versions. And we get a chance to give it a go around.

EXTERIOR

There are major upgrades to the style and design of the new Volkswagen Tiguan, and we love every bit of it. The addition of creases and angles are subtle, but they definitely make a difference.

A bold bumper and a chrome finished grille houses the Volkswagen logo while LED Headlamps with Daytime Running Lights flank it. The fog lamps and corner lights establish its presence, come day or night. It also gets electrically foldable side mirrors come with sleek turn indicators that can be adjusted from your seat.

The bonnet gets notable creases that run from the inside of the headlights to the windscreen. A bolder crease runs from the outside of the headlights along the shoulder.

INTERIOR

Inside, it’s a spacious affair and five people can easily fit in for a comfortable ride. Headspace and leg space is good for its class. Transferring the design trends from the exterior, the inside too gets sharp design language and it’s evident from the air vents and door handles.

The new Tiguan comes with a Panoramic Sunroof lined with LED lights; one of the many firsts in its category. The 3-zone Automatic Climate Control System, allows you to individually control the temperature inside. It includes an Auto-dimming IRVM that eliminates the glare of trailing vehicles from distracting you. The keyless access and the reverse parking camera let you take control by barely doing much. And the Intelligent Rain Sensor automatically signals the wipers in case it rains.

Electronic Stabilisation Programme improves the vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing any loss of traction.The advanced Anti-lock Braking System, Automatic Headlamp, Hill-hold, Hill Descent Control along with the air bags prove how committed the Tiguan is to the passengers inside the vehicle.

Additionally, the Active Hood is positioned for pedestrian safety on the road where in case of a collision; the front bumper sensor signals the rear end of the bonnet to raise ensuring minimum damage.

PERFORMANCE

The 2.0 litre petrol engine is quick off the line. Producing 200bhp@5100rpms the Tiguan is more than adequate for the highways. Even inside the city the driving experience is exquisite. It smoothes over bigger imperfections, such as speed bumps, and the suspension is still firm enough to stop the body bouncing up and down too much along undulating roads.

The Tiguan handles more like a conventional hatchback than many of its SUV rivals; it’s genuinely enjoyable to drive. Some may feel the steering is a little too light, but it’s precise, which makes the car easy to place on the road. There isn’t too much body roll through corners, and has plenty of grip.

The DSG automatic is smooth and soothing the vast majority of the time, with only the occasional jerk at low speeds.The new Tiguan’s predecessor achieved a five-star rating in independent Euro NCAP crash testing, with an impressive 96% score for adult occupant safety and 84% for its protection of younger passengers. The new Tiguan is also set to follow in the same footsteps.

VERDICT

With its new upsized design and tech-savvy features, the new Tiguan makes its presence felt. Clear shapes and sharply sculpted lines clearly make the Tiguan visible straight away. This, combined with a wealth of comfortable and convenience equipment, create a pleasurable journey whatever the destination is. Also, the numerous driver assistance systems provide a confident driving experience even in the most challenging driving situations like ours. On road or off-road, the new Tiguan is dynamic, strong and unmistakably Volkswagen.

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