Although Volkswagen calls the Tiguan as a competitor to small German SUV’s, the SUV comes in as a direct opponent to Hyundai Tuscon as both seem to have the same structural look and size. Here is a quick comparison of the two cars in case you are considering on buying one of the SUVs.
When it comes to the feel and look Tuscon grabs your attention more than Tiguan. From the dynamic wheel arches to the pulled back-lamps, SUV definitely has a handsome face. The rear tail lamps however could have been more refined.
Tiguan on the other hand has big and full LED headlamps but the design of the bumper and grille are quite cowed. However, the metal work on the door handles, chrome strip on bumper and tail lamps with hockey shape have quite a clean and graceful. Overall attractive but Tuscon still has an upper hand.
Tiguan has a dark interior, the upholstery is black while the dashboard is dark grey. Tuscon has used a beige and black theme because of which the car feels more spacious. The sunroof and large windows used by Tiguan also makes it more airy both of which is absent in Tuscon. Both SUV’s have leather upholstery but that of the Tiguan is more luxurious.
There is an Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatible touchscreen device along with a full colour multi-information display in both the cars.While both have powered driver seats along with lumbar support which is adjustable and heated extended mirrors, memory function, heated function in front seats and wing mirrors are what Tiguan has.
Tiguan has more knee room yet Tuscon is wide and the transmission tunnel is less invasive which gives it an added point as a three-seater. The seats of Tuscon are more comfortable compared to that of Tiguan. Tuscon has a boot space of 513 litres while Tiguan has 615 litres. The cabin of Tuscon is of good quality but that of Tiguan is better and a step ahead. Even the smallest details have been finished with great care giving it a premium feel.
Tiguan from Volkswagen takes a lead in terms of features and design.
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State of Play
Tiguan comes only in the diesel variation so the discussion would be based on the 2.0 litre turbo diesel variants. Hyundai made a debut of their 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine in Tuscon and it seems to be quite sturdy. It generates 185hp and 400Nm of torque. It also has a six speed automatic/manual gearbox the performance of which is quite smooth. A drawback however is whenever the throttle is lifted the revs (speed measured in revolutions per minute) plunges down to 1,000 rpm each time. The motor of Tiguan generates 143hp and 340Nm of torque and has a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The engine sound can be heard from outside but it is quiet from the cabin, lesser noise compared to Tuscon. The motor rev is quite responsive and the shifters move gracefully to your command.
Tiguan features a Haldex style all wheel drive system while Tuscon is front wheel drive. There are three driving modes in Tuscon – Eco, Noral and Sport but lacks adjustability although the performance is quite strong. Tiguan has four driving modes – Normal, Snow, Off-road and Off-road individual all of which are controlled through a rotary dial near the gear changer. With Tiguan one can enjoy an aggressive ride while Tuscon is meant for the highway.
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Tuscon may be priced on the lower side but the features, interior and the feel of driving of Tiguan is overwhelming. You may have to pay a bit extra but Tiguan is definitely a take home and worth every penny spent.
This SUV made its grand entrance in the Rs. 25-30 lakhs vertical. The Comfortline model of Tiguan priced at Rs. 27.68 lakhs and the Highline (The Premium Variant) priced at Rs. 31.04 lakhs. Whether you need to go in for the Comfortline model or go in for the highline here is our analysis of both the Tiguan variants:
Both the highline and Comfortline Tiguan variants are loaded with day time running lamps LED headlights. Coming to the LED tail lights and the scenic sunroof decked with LED’s are absent in the Comfortline. Designed with the chrome granite inserts on the bumpers and 17-inch wheels Comfortline has dark grid inserts with black roof rails whereas, the Highline model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, titanium inserts and the sunroof LED’s.
No matter which models you choose, Volkswagen didn’t compromise on the comfort levels as both the editions have similar features. They feature front and rear seats made of Vienna leather, driver’s seat which can be adjusted electrically, 3-zone air conditioning with proper rear controls, gear shift knob covered with leather and heated front seats. However, Comfortline misses out on the keyless entry with a one push button start and easy open boot. Having an 8 speaker layout, both the models have Google android and apple car play connectivity.
As we know, safety is prioritized above everything in the Volkswagen breed; both the variants are loaded with features of 6 air bags, tyre pressure monitoring system, ABS, active hood for pedestrian safety and ESC. However, comfortline doesn’t have reverse parking camera and self- sealing tyres which highline bags on.
We test drove both the Comfortline and highline editions which is the best bet for those who want to go in for a luxurious premium which is a perfect combination of a decent SUV, safety, luxury and practicality.
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Just a few days back, Volkswagen India has updated its website with the new Volkswagen Tiguan, which will be offered in the compact SUV segment. Just, the company has uploaded the image of the product with the title of new Volkswagen Tiguan coming soon. As per the earlier reports, the production of the Volkswagen Tiguan has already started at the local manufacturing facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Now, the company is waiting for good time to launch in the competitive segment in the Indian market.
Earlier, the Volkswagen was reported that the Tiguan SUV to be launched in May 2017 but, the fresh reports recommended that it will launch in the first week of the next month. In the Indian market, it was already introduced at 2016 Auto Expo motor show. In fact, the second generation of Volkswagen Tiguan is available in the global PV market and now, it is arriving for the first time in the Indian market.
Volkswagen Tiguan Specifications:
The upcoming car is structured based on the modular MQB platform, which also shares in the VW Group’s cars. It measures 4,486mm length, 1,839mm width, 2,095mm height and has 2,677mm wheelbase. The 5-seater SUV comes with the luggage space of 615 litres, which increase up to 1,655 litres if the rear seats down.
Let’s discuss with the mechanical specifications, the Tiguan will be offered by the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, which develops around 177 hp of power and 350 Nm of torque. The generated power will be distributed to the wheels via the automatic gearbox (7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission). The Tiguan to be offered with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
Equipment of VW Tiguan is sourced from Germany and assembled at the local facility in Maharashtra. Upcoming new VW car will compete with the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson and cost around Rs. 25 to Rs. 30 lakhs in ex-showroom. Get in touch with the VW car dealers to get updates about the new product.