2021 Volkswagen Tiguan facelift review, test drive

VW’s flagship SUV goes again from seven seats to five and also gets a facelift. Has it observed its sweet place this time?

In scenario you’d shed monitor of the Volkswagen Tiguan (not to be baffled with the smaller sized Taigun), here’s a quick recap. It was a 5-seat diesel quality SUV assembled in India and introduced in 2017, touted by VW as being a more affordable alternate to compact luxury SUVs like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Then, when BS6 norms rolled all around, VW discontinued it and replaced it with its 7-seat sibling, the Tiguan Allspace. Other than this 1 was a CBU import and it ditched the diesel engine for a two. TSI petrol. And now, at the stop of 2021, the 5-seat variation has returned and replaced the Allspace at the major of the VW India pecking get. It is locally assembled again and it’s kept the petrol engine from the 7-seater, but it’s also been offered a facelift. Up to speed? Great.

Refined does it

Changes at the rear include things like far more chrome, reworked tail-lights and ‘Tiguan’ in the tailgate’s centre.

The massive update on the exterior is at the entrance. Absent are the blocky headlamps, grille and bumper, and in their spot is a far more flowing, dare we say far more psychological, structure that is in line with more recent VWs. The headlamps increase onto the flanks like the arms on a pair of sunglasses, and in just them you will find new DRL signature and ‘IQ Light’ beams – VW Discuss for Matrix adaptive LED headlamps. There’s lots far more chrome in the grille this time, and even some in the entrance bumper. All around the sides it’s the exact same straight-laced and crease-large profile as ahead of, with the exception of a new structure for the eighteen-inch alloy wheels. And eventually at the rear, there are reprofiled LED tail-lamps, far more chrome in the bumper, and the Tiguan nameplate has now moved to the centre of the tailgate. You will also observe the new, two-dimensional VW brand incorporated all all around.

IQ matrix LEDs part of remarkable frontal overhaul

Inside far too, the basic structure of the cabin is mostly unchanged. It is nevertheless an all-black cabin, which quite a few will find just a little bit far too boring, but it’s also unbelievably perfectly designed. Match and finish are all but flawless and just about every floor is gentle-touch. What is transformed? There’s VW’s new-era steering wheel, which feels like a extended-overdue update from the aged wheel that is been in circulation for about a ten years. You now get a ten-inch electronic instrument cluster (like in the Allspace) with 3 configurable shows, the 8.-inch touchscreen makes use of VW’s new functioning technique, and the equipment selector far too is of a new structure. The USB ports are all Variety C now, and you can select a color (from between 30) for the ambient lighting this time. 

Of course it’s black and boring but you just can’t fault the good quality. New steering wheel a welcome addition.

A adjust we’re not so hot on is the shift from rotary knobs to touch panels for the AC controls they are distracting to use on the move. Other function standouts are heated leather seats (ventilated types would have been suitable), 3-zone local weather control, on- and off-road push modes and a panoramic sunroof, but what we’d also have liked to see at this value is a 360-degree digital camera and wireless phone charging.

Contact AC controls a soreness on the move.

The sculpted seats, entrance and rear, can feel a tiny cosy for larger sized frames, but they are really easily cushioned. Rear-seat house, as ahead of, is enough, and there is even lots of thigh help from the seats. A center passenger will find it a squeeze, nevertheless, and will have to contend with a large centre console in between their toes. What is far more, you can alter the seat recline angle and slide the bench forward or again to liberate far more luggage place, should you require it. Not that you would, with 615 litres on present, and the possibility to break up-fold the backrest forty:twenty:forty.

Substantial on house and cozy far too backrest recline angle can be set adjusted to go well with.

To the green pump

As with every VW Team car in India now, the updated Tiguan is petrol only, and it’s mostly for the greatest that they opted to use the two. TSI relatively than the one.5 TSI, even nevertheless you can have it with the smaller sized engine overseas. Not only does this give you a solid 190hp and 320Nm to perform with, it also aids independent the Tiguan from its lesser siblings, the Taigun and T-Roc. Having said that, we say ‘largely’ for the greatest, since if you’re not incredibly cautious, this engine can have a ingesting trouble, as we have noticed in the Allspace and Skoda Superb. This is regardless of the use of engine halt-start off and decoupling the engine throughout coasting, and nevertheless we did not do an instrumented gas performance examination, it did fare a tiny superior than the Allspace, nudging the 10kpl mark in combined driving.

That aside, nevertheless, it’s a high-quality motor in the vein of quite a few wonderful TSIs that have absent ahead of it. The Tiguan even feels a tiny sprightlier and lighter on its toes than its Allspace sibling, and in a quick overall performance examination, it did -100kph in less than 8.5sec (it even has Launch Command). Don’t, nevertheless, blunder this for an outright sporty engine, since it isn’t. Of course, the DSG gearbox is quick to shift as constantly, but the two. TSI in this guise doesn’t love being stretched far too tough, and is far more cozy at 8-tenths (aids with gas use far too). Driven like this, you will superior enjoy its enough mid-variety, and enhanced refinement compared to the diesel.

At just about any speed, the Tiguan’s all-encompassing experience good quality soaks up almost everything.

It is at this speed you will also be reminded of what a seem dynamic package it is. There’s that excellent European solidity with which it goes about its company, and just outside of a sliver of underlying firmness exists an all-conquering experience good quality. The tall 55-profile tyres all around eighteen-inch wheels, merged with robust suspension, can get an complete pounding from the worst Indian roadways can throw at them. Changing push modes doesn’t have an impact on the suspension, but then you don’t require it to the standard set-up is just that fantastic. The suspension also affords it fantastic system control in the corners, and there is lots of grip from the AWD technique far too, but like with the engine, you don’t want to drive far too tough. That is since the steering, nevertheless sharp plenty of for every day use, isn’t 1 to coax you into a spirited push, and this, ultimately, is a massive large SUV that is geared far more to comfort and ease.

’Guan for thing to consider


It may possibly have been more affordable than SUVs from luxury brand names, but compared to its peers in the quality SUV house, the aged Tiguan was a expensive affair. 4 years afterwards, this new 1 doesn’t adjust that impact. At Rs 31.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India), it’s out of the league of the Compass and Tucson, and duking it out instead with the likes of the Citroen C5 Aircross. Moreover, with a petrol engine, you aren’t particularly recouping the sticker value with running costs about time. Of course, with petrol prices the way they presently are, that thirsty engine will likely aspect into the buying conclusion. But, if you’re high-quality with that, what you’re acquiring is a quality SUV that does just about almost everything around-perfectly. It is luxurious, perfectly made, perfectly outfitted, cozy, refined, spacious and even quite good to push. In reality, it nevertheless provides on that assure VW made – it is quite much almost everything you want from a luxury SUV, at a (a little)lower value.

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