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2021 Volkswagen Tiguan facelift review, test drive

VW’s flagship SUV goes back again from 7 seats to 5 and also gets a facelift. Has it located its sweet spot this time?

In situation you’d misplaced monitor of the Volkswagen Tiguan (not to be confused with the more compact Taigun), here’s a fast recap. It was a 5-seat diesel premium SUV assembled in India and released in 2017, touted by VW as becoming a more cost-effective substitute to compact luxurious SUVs like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Then, when BS6 norms rolled about, VW discontinued it and replaced it with its 7-seat sibling, the Tiguan Allspace. Besides this a person was a CBU import and it ditched the diesel engine for a two. TSI petrol. And now, at the finish of 2021, the 5-seat version has returned and replaced the Allspace at the top rated of the VW India pecking get. It’s regionally assembled once more and it is retained the petrol engine from the 7-seater, but it is also been offered a facelift. Up to velocity? Great.

Delicate does it

Alterations at the rear incorporate much more chrome, reworked tail-lights and ‘Tiguan’ in the tailgate’s centre.

The major update on the exterior is at the front. Absent are the blocky headlamps, grille and bumper, and in their position is a much more flowing, dare we say much more psychological, layout which is in line with more recent VWs. The headlamps increase on to the flanks like the arms on a pair of sunglasses, and in just them you are going to uncover new DRL signature and ‘IQ Light’ beams – VW Converse for Matrix adaptive LED headlamps. There’s lots much more chrome in the grille this time, and even some in the front bumper. About the sides it is the very same straight-laced and crease-weighty profile as prior to, with the exception of a new layout for the eighteen-inch alloy wheels. And finally at the rear, there are reprofiled LED tail-lamps, much more chrome in the bumper, and the Tiguan nameplate has now moved to the centre of the tailgate. You are going to also notice the new, two-dimensional VW logo integrated all about.

IQ matrix LEDs part of extraordinary frontal overhaul

Inside of too, the fundamental layout of the cabin is mostly unchanged. It’s nevertheless an all-black cabin, which lots of will uncover just a little bit too uninteresting, but it is also very effectively developed. Healthy and end are all but flawless and just about every single floor is gentle-contact. What’s transformed? There’s VW’s new-technology steering wheel, which feels like a long-overdue improve from the aged wheel which is been in circulation for about a ten years. You now get a ten-inch digital instrument cluster (like in the Allspace) with a few configurable displays, the eight.-inch touchscreen employs VW’s new working process, and the gear selector too is of a new layout. The USB ports are all Kind C now, and you can select a color (from amongst 30) for the ambient lights this time. 

Yes it is black and uninteresting but you simply cannot fault the high quality. New steering wheel a welcome addition.

A change we’re not so very hot on is the shift from rotary knobs to contact panels for the AC controls they’re distracting to use on the transfer. Other aspect standouts are heated leather seats (ventilated kinds would have been best), a few-zone local weather control, on- and off-road generate modes and a panoramic sunroof, but what we’d also have appreciated to see at this price tag is a 360-diploma camera and wi-fi telephone charging.

Touch AC controls a pain on the transfer.

The sculpted seats, front and rear, can feel a very little snug for more substantial frames, but they’re quite easily cushioned. Rear-seat area, as prior to, is enough, and there’s even loads of thigh aid from the seats. A middle passenger will uncover it a squeeze, while, and will have to contend with a large centre console involving their toes. What’s much more, you can change the seat recline angle and slide the bench forward or back again to liberate much more luggage room, need to you want it. Not that you would, with 615 litres on give, and the selection to split-fold the backrest forty:20:forty.

Big on area and comfortable too backrest recline angle can be established altered to accommodate.

To the environmentally friendly pump

As with every single VW Team automobile in India now, the current Tiguan is petrol only, and it is mostly for the ideal that they opted to use the two. TSI alternatively than the 1.5 TSI, even while you can have it with the more compact engine abroad. Not only does this give you a strong 190hp and 320Nm to play with, it also will help separate the Tiguan from its lesser siblings, the Taigun and T-Roc. Nevertheless, we say ‘largely’ for the ideal, mainly because if you are not very thorough, this engine can have a consuming difficulty, as we’ve observed in the Allspace and Skoda Outstanding. This is irrespective of the use of engine prevent-start off and decoupling the engine during coasting, and while we didn’t do an instrumented fuel effectiveness exam, it did fare a very little greater than the Allspace, nudging the 10kpl mark in blended driving.

That apart, on the other hand, it is a good motor in the vein of lots of excellent TSIs that have gone prior to it. The Tiguan even feels a very little sprightlier and lighter on its toes than its Allspace sibling, and in a fast functionality exam, it did -100kph in beneath eight.5sec (it even has Launch Manage). Do not, on the other hand, mistake this for an outright sporty engine, mainly because it isn’t. Yes, the DSG gearbox is fast to shift as usually, but the two. TSI in this guise doesn’t appreciate becoming stretched too tough, and is much more snug at 8-tenths (will help with fuel consumption too). Pushed like this, you are going to greater appreciate its enough mid-array, and improved refinement when compared to the diesel.

At just about any velocity, the Tiguan’s all-encompassing experience high quality soaks up all the things.

It’s at this rate you are going to also be reminded of what a seem dynamic bundle it is. There’s that good European solidity with which it goes about its company, and just over and above a sliver of fundamental firmness exists an all-conquering experience high quality. The tall 55-profile tyres about eighteen-inch wheels, combined with strong suspension, can choose an absolute pounding from the worst Indian roadways can toss at them. Shifting generate modes doesn’t have an effect on the suspension, but then you do not want it to the typical established-up is just that good. The suspension also affords it good physique control in the corners, and there’s loads of grip from the AWD process too, but like with the engine, you do not want to drive too tough. Which is mainly because the steering, while sharp more than enough for daily use, isn’t a person to coax you into a spirited generate, and this, finally, is a major weighty SUV which is geared much more to consolation.

’Guan for consideration


It may well have been more cost-effective than SUVs from luxurious brands, but when compared to its friends in the premium SUV area, the aged Tiguan was a expensive affair. Four a long time later on, this new a person doesn’t change that impact. At Rs 31.ninety nine lakh (ex-showroom, India), it is out of the league of the Compass and Tucson, and duking it out as an alternative with the likes of the Citroen C5 Aircross. Additionally, with a petrol engine, you aren’t exactly recouping the sticker price tag with jogging costs over time. Yes, with petrol charges the way they at the moment are, that thirsty engine will very likely component into the obtaining selection. But, if you are good with that, what you are having is a premium SUV that does just about all the things in close proximity to-perfectly. It’s deluxe, effectively manufactured, effectively equipped, snug, refined, roomy and even rather respectable to generate. In reality, it nevertheless delivers on that promise VW manufactured – it is rather a lot all the things you want from a luxurious SUV, at a (slightly)reduced price tag.

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