Top of the Pile.
Volkswagen’s revamped Tiguan could just be the most important vehicle release of the year.
Taking the Tiguan for a test drive in Berlin, Germany’s achingly cool capital city, presented Volkswagen Magazine with the chance to see the vehicle up close and personal for the first time.
Even with a cursory glance, it’s clear that the Tiguan heralds a new face for Volkswagen’s growing family of SUVs, adding a dash of rugged appeal to the cohesive style debuted by the latest Passat. Its grille and headlights flow across the front of the car under a chrome character line that serves as a determined brow. Whereas the previous Tiguan’s lines flowed gently, the overall effect now is one of chiselled strength.
A high waistline and seamless door handles add to the crisp look of a new model 60mm longer and 30mm wider than the outgoing car, with a 28mm reduction in height giving it a more crouched look. There is an extra 76mm in the wheelbase to lend better stability and interior space. And despite its larger body, some variants weigh significantly less than the previous model.
The extra room offered by the latest model is immediately apparent once nestled inside the cabin. Not only is there more legroom in the front and rear, there is an exceptional amount of space in the boot. The Tiguan’s 615L luggage area is the most roomy in its class—a significant point of difference for a vehicle bound to appeal to busy families.
Then there is Volkswagen’s legendary fit-and-finish, evident again in the Tiguan. Premium appointments throughout are topped off with 3-Zone Climate Control air-conditioning, which incorporates an air quality sensor and an anti-allergen filter for maintaining air quality.