2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Long Term Reports

By Ishan Raghava | on August 17, 2022 Follow us on Autox Google News
Long Term Report: October 2022

If there is one aspect of the Tiguan that really makes me want to drive it every day, it’s just how the whole combination of the engine, gearbox, platform and suspension work as one entity. Now, most cars we drive, even today, have one or two aspects of their aforementioned component set that dominates the whole experience to a certain degree. For instance, in certain cars, the engine will dominate the whole experience with its power and torque, while in others, it’s the ride quality and suspension tuning that would be dominant. And in yet other cases, the engine will simply be overshadowed by other aspects of the car because of the former’s lack of power.

But after my extended experience with the Tiguan, I can firmly say that the flagship SUV from the VW range simply doesn’t have a single component that dominates the whole driving experience. In fact, it is the fluidity with which the Tiguan drives and tackles our roads that makes it so impressive. The engine’s power, throttle response, the DSG gearbox – the shifts in Sport mode are much faster and better suited to my driving style – the steering, and the way the suspension deals with broken roads, everything comes together to make it an absolute delight to drive, as was proven on a recent highway drive that I did.

Of course, my enthusiastic driving style does have its shortfalls. With the Tiguan having clocked just over 10,000kms, it seems that the front brake pads are in need of replacement. So, that’s task number one for this month, and I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

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When it came: June 2022

Current odo reading: 10,120kms

Mileage this month: 1,460kms

Fuel efficiency: 8.5km/l

What’s good: Drivability

What’s not: The brake pads need replacement

Long Term Report: August 2022

Volkswagen Tiguan Long Term Report August 2022

Having driven a motley crew of cars for the past few months, I’m actually rather glad to be back driving the Tiguan once again. For someone like me who relies on a single car to do my daily commute and highway trips, the Tiguan offers the best of both worlds. One, it has more than enough space for my luggage even if I’m travelling for a week or longer, and two, while inside cities, it is compact enough to park anywhere. What also helps here is the standard 4Motion all-wheel drive and driving modes, which have proved quite useful in adverse weather and light bits of off-roading that I’ve indulged in. Pair this with the all-black interiors – which I absolutely love – and the super-bright LED headlamps, and the Tiguan really does serve all my purposes.

As I’d mentioned before, I’m happy that the ride quality of the new Tiguan is an upgrade over the AllSpace and tackles bad roads admirably. But it is the solid dynamics of the Tiguan that impress me even further, particularly on long highway runs, where the Tiguan sits at three-digit speeds without a fuss, and here the refinement of the Tiguan also shines through. I do think though that the sound quality of the Tiguan’s audio system could be better, and it lacks a bit of bottom end that cars with standard-fit subwoofers provide. The other thing that pinches is related to the price of petrol being around the 100-rupee (or more!) mark, which means journeys in the Tiguan are hardly ever pocket friendly. Part of the blame here (a large part, actually) has to go to my heavy right foot, which makes me easily the most inefficient driver in the whole of the autoX team. This means that my monthly petrol bill currently is at record levels.

On the other hand, the petrol engine loves to rev, and I prefer to leave the gearbox in Sport mode as the standard mode is a bit slow to kickdown, and the Tiguan is a delight to drive, whether in the city or on the highway. The steering is direct, the visibility with the large glasshouse and the seats comfortable enough for long journeys. I guess then, the running cost is a small price to pay for a class-leading driving experience.

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When it came: June 2022

Current odo reading: 8,360kms

Mileage this month: 1,150kms

Fuel efficiency: 8.5km/l

What’s good: Comfort, handling

What’s not: Petrol prices make for an expensive commute

Long Term Report: July 2022 (Start of Term)

Volkswagen Tiguan Long Term Report Julyl 2022

To say that I’m quite familiar with the Tiguan would be quite an understatement. In the past three years, I’ve spent considerable time with three different variations of the Tiguan, so much so that I’ve been able to identify particular differences between the three variants of the car.

The first was the Indian launch edition of the Tiguan, which featured a 2.0-litre diesel engine – it had an excellent torque output and made the Tiguan very affordable as a daily driver. The next variant was a mild facelift, with upgrades to the interior and the exterior, but it drove similarly to the earlier version. The first major change was the AllSpace, as VW Group decided to sell only petrol-powered cars in India. The new 2.0-litre turbo petrol was more refined, but it made the running costs of the car shoot up, for the price of petrol had begun to rise dramatically. Of course, I also found the suspension of the AllSpace a tad too stiff for our roads, which remained a concern.

Now, the latest variant of the Tiguan – which we drove earlier this year – comes with a lot more updates compared to the AllSpace. For one, the shorter wheelbase makes a comeback, and the third row of seating is gone – the Tiguan has once again become a five-seater. The engine is the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit but the reduced weight of its smaller body means that it performs much better here and offers better fuel efficiency too. In fact, I’ve been doing some long-distance driving in the Tiguan, and I must say that it’s brilliantly set up for munching miles. The suspension is stiff but not enough to break your back, and the high-speed stability is simply exemplary.

One of my favourite things in the new Tiguan, however, are the new LED matrix headlights, which VW refers to as IQ.LIGHT. Now, you may have heard a lot about LED headlights, but the ones on the Tiguan are some of the best that I’ve sampled in recent times – they really do light up the road, making night-time driving a breeze. However, while I love its all-black interior, I do miss the ventilated seats of its smaller sibling – the Taigun.

My first impressions of the Tiguan are indeed very positive. But how will it fare in the long term? Well, you will find out, as I will continue to detail my experience of driving the latest Tiguan for the next few months.

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When it came: June 2022

Current odo reading: 7,210kms

Mileage this month: 1,260kms

Fuel efficiency: 8.5km/l

What’s good: Refinement, handling

What’s not: No ventilated seats

Read more:

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Review: First Drive

Volkswagen Tiguan facelift: All you need to know

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