A couple of months ago, my experience of the VW Tiguan as a long-term test car had started and just as I was beginning to settle into the habit of familiarising and tweaking the car to suit my preferences, I got the dreaded call from VW India. They needed the car back for a couple of weeks for an internal activity. Oh well, off went the Tiguan to the company, and soon enough two weeks turned to four before the Tiguan came back.
However, having it back – and sampling a random selection of cars in between – made me realise why I regard the Tiguan so highly. Its combination of everyday practicality and convenience of driving a fast-shifting automatic can be quite a soothing experience. Also, the finer touches of the Tiguan help a lot – such as the various cubby holes all over the interior – and the various driving customisations you can perform using the touchscreen multimedia screen. And, while I’m not a fan of panoramic sunroofs in our weather conditions, with the extended monsoon in the Delhi NCR region, I can’t say I don’t enjoy driving with the roof sunshade retracted to get a view of the falling rain and the cloudy skies every now and then.
And now that the Tiguan is here to stay, maybe I can once again plan a long road trip in it, and get to experience more of the car’s talents in varied driving conditions.
When it came: June 2019
Current Odo reading: 26,440kms
Mileage this month: 1,020kms
Fuel efficiency: 12.5km/l
What’s good: Fantastic LED headlights
What’s not: Was gone for too long
Also read - Volkswagen Tiguan Long Term Report: July 2019