The Volkswagen Tiguan is fresh in our market and here are 5 cool things you need to know about it
1. How good it looks with the R-Line bodykit
The Tiguan is a family-focused compact SUV, which has more important priorities than style. Yet, with the addition of the optional R-Line bodykit, the Volkswagen has become quite the head-turner. The optional R-Line bodykit costs R18 000 and, given the public's positive reactions to the car that we've experienced thus far, it appears well worth the extra outlay. The kit contains front and rear addenda as well as some smart-looking 19-inch alloy wheels.
2. It can do some light offroading
While the current line-up comprises only front-wheel drive units fitted with manual and DSG 'boxes, the range will be expanded to include all-wheel drive derivatives. The 4Motion-equipped Tiguans will feature Volkswagen's 4Motion system which will provide extra traction when the tar ends and the gravel begins. Apart from the automatic setting, the system's modes can be toggled via a rotary switch (pictured above).
3. Different engines will be available
The Volkswagen Tiguan range is currently powered by a single engine: a 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbopetrol unit. It offers adequate performance, but for those seeking a bit more performance or the efficiency of a turbodiesel motor, other engines are coming to market. Overseas you can get behind the wheel of a Tiguan powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged motor lifted straight from the Golf GTI. Combined with 4Motion all-wheel drive, this will prove wickedly quick. Fans of turbodiesel engines will be pleased to hear that a 2.0-litre TDI motor with 81 kW, 105 kW and 130 kW outputs will be arriving in early 2017.
4. The digital dashboard and head-up display
Some nice-to-haves in the Volkswagen Tiguan are the all-digital dashboard (Active Info Display) as well as the heads-up display. Both endow the cabin with an upmarket, high-tech feel. We've experienced the electronic "instrument cluster" in the Volkswagen Passat too; it's remarkably simple to use. The head-up display does a great job of displaying all the crucial information a driver needs on the front windscreen, meaning his/her eyes need not leave the road.
5. Already a "winner"
The Volkswagen Tiguan was unveiled to the media at the end of August 2016 and our team was so impressed with the newcomer that we had no hesitation in bestowing it semi-finalist status in the Family Car Category of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards, powered by WesBank. Three of the team had this to say:
“The old Tiguan was still a strong seller in its last days, and this new model is a marked improvement in all areas. It’s destined to continue the success story.” – Hannes Oosthuizen
"With an MQB platform as a base and excellent build quality plus refinement, the new Tiguan is a superb offering." – David Taylor
"The new Tiguan not only looks the part but it drives it too, whilst maintaining typical VW build quality." – Francisco Nwamba