Automobile giant Volkswagen recently announced the launch of its new car, Tiguan for the Indian roads. Their new model is an SUV that comes in two excellent variants- Comfortline and Highline, both come with 2-litre diesel engines and 7-speed DSG gearboxes. At present, prices for the Tiguan are Rs. 27.68 lakhs for the Comfortline variant, and Rs. 31.04 lakhs for the Highline variant (ex-Delhi Showroom Price). This car will be available to customers in five colors – Tungsten Silver, Oryx White, Deep Black, Indium Grey and Atlantic Blue. Booking for the Volkswagen Tiguan are now open and deliveries for the same will start from June 2017.
Volkswagen Tiguan was initially introduced in 2007 in Europe. This car established its throne as a bestseller in its league and also won the title of being Europe’s safest car. The Tiguan is the first SUV to be manufactured from Wolfsburg on the modular transverse matrix ‘MQB’ platform. The exterior design of this car apparently takes some inspiration from both the Golf and the Passat, two of the most popular Volkswagen cars in Europe. The new generation Volkswagen Tiguan weighs less than the previous version thanks to the new and revolutionary MQB platform.
Volkswagen has put a lot of effort when it comes to security details and features in this car. The Tiguan is enabled with various driver-friendly features like cruise control, hill start assist, and rain and light sensors. The new Volkswagen Tiguan also has Volkswagen’s 4Motion Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, which is responsible for automatically balancing traction, balance, and suspension and power distribution. The technology package products for the exterior of the car are also fairly competitive. The brilliant feature-pack of the Tiguan includesall-new LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and also memory-stored ORVM adjustment.The safest-car tag of the Tiguan is not just for show, the car has self-sealing tyres which protect the car in case of puncture-holes. It also has a heat-insulated glass for a cooler and more comfortable cabin space.
The interiors of this car are also exceptional and top of the class. The infotainment system attached is powered by Volkswagen’s SmartLink firmware that also supports App Connect with available technology for features such as Mirror Link, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment unit is further added to a multifunction display, exactly similar as in other Volkswagen cars. This feature provides controls for telephone, audio, trip details and navigation can also be controlled from the instrument cluster itself. Added to the long list of interior features are also LED ambient illumination, and other add-ons which include multi-way adjustment electric front seats, with memory storage. The five-seater SUV also gets a wide panoramic sunroof, which is ideal for cool days and windy nights. The premium appeal of the car is accentuated to a great extent with chrome trails outside around the window frames, illuminated side skirts, chrome interiors, and roof rails. All these features add to its SUV stance profoundly.
Volkswagen Tiguan– Variants detailed
Volkswagen Tiguan Comfortline
This variant is currently priced at 27.68 lakhs, and is the low-scale variant out of the two. It has a black-colored metallic roof. It comes with R17 alloy wheels. Being the lower priced model, there are many features which are not present in Comfortline. The Comfortline does not have any LED lighting on door trim. It does not have illuminated front scuff plates. Also, there are no Chrome and granite grey inserts in the bumpers of the Comfortline model. However, its Dashboard and front door trim have Titanium metallic inserts, contrary to the Highline Model. In addition, this model has all new paddle shifters, cruise control and terrain mode select. When it comes to the safety point of view, the Volkswagen Tiguan has six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC. It also has front and rear sensing parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and rain sensing wipers. It misses out on the panoramic sunroof, which is one of the most appealing selling points of the Volkswagen Tiguan. Most surprisingly, Volkswagen has missed out on LED tail lamps and reverse parking camera on Tiguan Comfortline, which is disappointing for a vehicle of such a high price.
Volkswagen Tiguan Highline
I you add around 3.40 lakhs to your budget, the Tiguan Highline variant comes with a lot of added features. It does not only havea reverse parking camera and LED tail lamps, but also comes with an array of modern and fancy features. The top-of-the-line variant has 18-inch alloy wheels (R18), chrome inserts across the exterior as well as illuminated scuff plates, unlike the Comfortline variant. You also get a wide panoramic sunroof with this variant. Other features include keyless entry, easy open boot and one-touch boot close function. The Tiguan Highline also has self-sealing tyres.
Both Comfortline and Highline variants get a 2-litre TDI diesel engine. The oil burner present in the models gives out 141 bhp of power and 340 Nm of peak torque, while being connected to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. The rest of the design, although fresh and vivid, looks functional and practical. Conclusively, we can safely say that Volkswagen is offering a lot of features as standard, but the pricing certainly seems to be a bit too higher than expected. It is pretty clear that Volkswagen is taking aim at models like Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner. It is clear that Skoda too will enter the competition with the Kodiaq pretty soon. Volkswagen will start assembling the car in India, by this year. While Volkswagen arguably wants to increase the percentage of local content, on the car, the primary focus would be on the development of another SUV, on the same platform, once it’s worth and class has been proven.