Volkswagen Tiguan (2nd, Facelift) Review Rundown
Volkswagen | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 23 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
The facelifted 2nd-generation Volkswagen Tiguan debuts with four trim levels and four drivetrain configurations. The 316bhp Tiguan R is the most exciting addition to Volkswagen's newly facelifted and hugely successful family SUV line. In comfort mode it's barely any more taxing than a 2.0-litre TDI model and rides arguably better than the standard Tiguan line-up.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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20% of facelifted Tiguans sold in the UK are expected to be diesel-powered, even after the market introduction of the tax-friendly, plug-in eHybrid version next month. There's no mild-hybrid system here, which means no energy recuperation under braking, which in turn means you'll no doubt waste as much fuel getting out of town as you would have saved over the course of the entire journey.
The Tiguan is a hugely popular SUV - Volkswagen's most popular car worldwide, no less. The whole range has been facelifted, with tweaks to the drive, assist and infotainment systems, along with some worked-over looks. New LED headlights and front bumper, as well as newly designed alloys, are the highlights of the changes.
The Tiguan eHybrid is the latest addition to Volkswagen's family SUV line. Based around a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-pot petrol engine, mated to an electric drive motor and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Powertrain is the same as you will find in the likes of the Volkswagen Passat GTE and Skoda Superb iV.
2.0-litre TDI petrol engine develops 316bhp - 20bhp more than in the Tiguan R's smaller, lighter sibling - the T-Roc R. Adaptive dampers are a crucial part of this car's appeal: its flexibility. It's quiet, and comfortable, the ride quality of the adaptive suspension in its softest settings offsetting the sportier chassis tuning.
The Tiguan eHybrid is a plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen Tiguan. Powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 13kWh battery pack and an electric motor, mounted on the end of a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Volkswagen hasn't confirmed any fuel economy figures yet, but the official numbers will likely just trail those of the new Golf GTE. It could tempt diesel customers looking for frugality, too.
Volkswagen has made quite a splash with the Tiguan since the first-generation model arrived in 2007. It's now VW's best-selling car around the world, and therefore one of the most popular new cars on sale today. Two range-topping versions are offered: the comfort-focused Elegance and sportier R-Line, driven here in 2.0 TDI guise with 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
The Volkswagen Tiguan R is a good all-rounder. It's fast (if not all that economical) while it offers secure and predictable handling and plenty of easily accessible performance. However, it doesn't serve up the same level of engagement as some of its performance SUV rivals at this kind of price.
The VW Tiguan has been updated for the first time in the UK. It's as entry-level as a Tiguan gets and costs just under £28,000. There's swathes of grey everywhere you look - on the dashboard, the seats and centre console. A racier R-Line trim does inject the Tiguan with a bit more visual-appeal, but it's a £4,500 premium.
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
Tiguan R joins Touareg and T-Roc in VW's performance range. Uses same 2.0-litre turbo powertrain as forthcoming Arteon R. 0-62mph takes just 4.9 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG auto.
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