I think I’m going to be repeating this for the third time in recent memory, but let me reiterate again, the Volkswagen Tiguan remains one of the most underrated SUVs on sale in India today. I got to do lots of seat time in the Tiguan for our 150th issue, where we took the Tiguan to find some fantastic driving roads. And when VW India asked if I would like to keep the car for a longer period for long-term testing, I had said yes before they could finish asking the question.
First impressions of the Tiguan are concentrated mainly on the Tiguan’s design, which I think is quite elegant. It’s not overtly shouty or has huge amounts of chrome, but the balanced shape and particularly the strong shoulder line that curves to cover the tail lights give the Tiguan a very confident stance. Another highlight for me are the LED head lamps which look rather smart and work even better with their wide throw and powerful beam.
If there is one issue for me with the Tiguan, and its early days yet, it’s that I sometimes find that the front seats don’t offer enough shoulder support, which can be tiresome on long journeys. But, the performance of the car, its practicality and its quirks are things that I’m looking forward to discovering over the next few months.
When it came: June 2019
Current Odo reading: 22,820kms
Mileage this month: 1,620kms
Fuel efficiency: 12.5km/l
What’s good: Practicality, driving modes
What’s not: Front seats lack shoulder support