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.
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