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Volkswagen Tiguan (2nd, Facelift) Review Rundown

VolkswagenPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Bigger and lighter than its predecessor
  • Lots of fun to drive on the open road
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

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.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 40%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The diesel version of Volkswagen’s sales chart stalwart has become a bit of a dinosaur. Long gone are the days we’d recommend a diesel SUV for anyone but a private buyer. Non-business buyers will pay £870 in vehicle excise duty alone for the diesel. Reconcile yourself to its shortcomings, and you are likely to find the Tiguan's strong suits to be sufficient compensation.
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Pros[**]
  • Cheap to run
  • Decent fuel economy
Cons[**]
  • No mild-hybrid system
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive
  • Slightly old-school styling

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 53%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
There are also new trims as part of the facelift. Gone are the S, Match, SEL and R-Line Tech levels, to be replaced by the base Tiguan. Inside, the big change is on the lower tier of the centre dashboard. The new climate control system is now a largely touchscreen set-up, including sliders to change the temperature.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek looks
  • Smart infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Lacklustre ride quality

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The Tiguan eHybrid is based around a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-pot petrol engine. It is mated to an electric drive motor and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Combined, these elements make for a system output of 242bhp and 295lb ft. Its handling isn't what you would call sporting but is entirely agreeable.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Not the most fun to drive

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
Tiguan R is a hot version of Volkswagen's popular Tiguan SUV. Has a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 316bhp. New sports steering wheel with haptic buttons and a new R button placed on one of the multifunction spokes. Adaptive dampers are a crucial part of this car's appeal.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Not the most fun to drive

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Easy to drive
  • Relaxing petrol engine
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Noisy diesel engine
  • Cheap to run

autoexpress[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The new Tiguan looks and feels new to the touch, but the drive is very much a case of if it ain't broke, don't fix it. There's decent space, and with a boot sizing up at 615 litres with all seats in place, the Tiguan is still a practical choice. The 148bhp 2.0 TDI tested here serves up competent performance without ever feeling fast.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • New infotainment tech
Cons[**]
  • More expensive than rivals

autoexpress[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 45%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Fast enough to go toe-to-toe with rivals
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Lack of refinement
  • Not as engaging as some rivals

autoexpress[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 54%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
In entry-level Life spec, like our test car, it's a pretty forgettable-looking SUV. If you were hoping VW was saving all of its design budget for a big overhaul inside, well, you'll be disappointed. There's swathes of grey everywhere you look - on the dashboard, the seats and centre console. The 1.5-litre engine is a known quantity; power delivery is smooth and at a cruise the engine totally fades into the background.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
  • Good standard kit
Cons[**]
  • Dull interior
  • Slightly firm ride

carmagazine[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The Tiguan R uses the same powertrain as the 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, with up to 50 per cent heading towards the rear axle. It's at its most aggressive in Sport or R modes, naturally, and monitors yaw rate and steering angle to determine how much power to send where.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • New infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Not as fun as a smaller hatchback
  • Not the most fun to drive

References

1. ^ Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI Elegance 2021 UK review. autocar. 2021-01-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI Life 2020 UK review. autocar. 2021-01-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid 2020 review. autocar. 2020-10-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ New Volkswagen Tiguan R 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-10-06 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ New Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-10-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ New Volkswagen Tiguan 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-10-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ New Volkswagen Tiguan R 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-03-15 Retrieved 2021-03-23.
8. ^ New Volkswagen Tiguan Life 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-11-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Volkswagen Tiguan R review: 316bhp hot SUV joins the R gang. carmagazine. 2020-10-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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