Volkswagen produced one of the world’s best-selling cars of all time, the Golf. Of course, they still make the Golf, but such is the hunger for Sports Utility Vehicles, it’s no longer the world’s best seller, or indeed, even Volkswagen’s most popular, for that honour goes to the Tiguan.
That instantly tells you that the Tiguan must be pretty special – at its peak, Volkswagen were selling almost two Golfs every minute around the world, and did so for decades. Can you imagine how good the Tiguan must be?
Fortunately, you don’t need to imagine it; we’re here to show you.
VW first introduced the Tiguan back in 2007, and it has only recently needed an update, a refresh. Despite making the new Tiguan better, more connected, more technology driven, safer, more stylish, in fact, just … more, the list price is cheaper than the outgoing version. Great news for our customers.
But don’t be fooled in to thinking that they must have pared back the offering, or cut a few corners here and there – the price reduction is possible through economies of scale, and component sharing throughout the range of models, for example, the Tiguan uses the same platform as a number of other models, the MQB platform (which was developed at the cost of around $60bn – no wonder Volkswagen try and use it throughout as many models as possible).
For the first time, the Tiguan is offered with Volkswagen’s ‘Travel Assist’ system – a semi-autonomous capable control system that uses steering assistance and adaptive cruise control to enable partial autonomy when driving in a single lane on motorway style roads, providing you keep your hands on the steering wheel.
Volkswagen have also invested in cleaner engines, whether that’s diesel or petrol; petrol engines have cylinder deactivation which is a huge fuel saving, and diesels use a new twin-dosing catalytic converter system for heavy reduction in emissions. The latest VWs are clean, and offer a genuine 50.4mpg (dependent on engine choice).
Again, it would be easy to think that Volkswagen have managed to lower the price by offering a basic entry-level model, but you may just be surprised there also – LED headlights, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Android and Apple phone mirroring, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist are just some of the highlights.
Moving up through the range, and you can also find Matrix LED headlights, 30-colour ambient lighting, panoramic glass roof, sports seats, and even four-wheel drive.
As you’d expect from VW, the Tiguan feels like it has been engineered, rather than modelled on a computer, and truth be told, it’s a combination of both, albeit with the emphasis on computer modelling – how else can they offer their legendary reliability?
In all, there are four different trim levels for the all-new Tiguan – the imaginatively named ‘Tiguan’, then ‘Life’, and then there’s the ‘Elegance’, and sportier ‘R-Line’ (with up to 316hp). In amongst these models, Volkswagen are also bringing in a hybrid.
If you’d like to find out more information about the latest Volkswagen Tiguan, or any of the new VW models, why not get in touch with one of our friendly professionals, and they’ll be able to answer any questions you have, including details of how we’re keeping our customers safe in this worrying time.