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2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Review and Road Test

A example of the beauty of the crossover. 

The Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line by Dave Poore)

The Volkswagen is so popular, so high-selling that the (Tee-gwan) just had to happen. If can take its Cooper Hardtop, it up, add a four-wheel-drive system and give us the Countryman ALL4, then VW could do something similar their Golf platform.

the Tiguan, they have, to a It’s based on the PQ35 the same as the current Golf 6, the Eos and a host of other Volkswagen products, the notable exception, the Tiguan, being the addition of all-wheel drive.

That’s a big change but really, especially the R-Line package found on our there’s a lot of Golf here, down to the basic two-box and that’s no bad thing. No bad thing at

First Impressions

Styling is especially from the front to LED DRLs and flared wheelarches. isn’t quite as exciting, but nevertheless

The R-Line adds two styling touches to the basic Highline package: the 19-inch wheels (very nice) and flares, which do immense for the stance of the car. I’ve before how I like fender on SUVs, but usually that’s of the toughness they add to the styling

Here, however, it’s the athleticism they add; the Tiguan is perched fairly on its wheels (in case it ever get taken off-road), and by widening the it helps lower the chicken-leg just a little. The fender (part of  the $2,750 package) are also necessary of those big wheels, which look a little out of place if didn’t have the fenders to accommodate them.

Wheelarch extensions are an R-Line and they look good

included with the R-Line is a subtle roof spoiler—which really well here and very sharp bi-xenon headlights (they swivel you turn the wheel) with LED running lights. Yes, are lots of manufacturers adding LED these days, but that make them any less of an addition. Not yet, anyway. just something about up to your Tiguan, plipping the and seeing those DRLs at you that just gives you fizz, that knowledge you’re about to set off in something

The base Highline trim, features chrome window and door trim.

The view behind isn’t quite as taillights don’t get the LED treatment the headlights do, for instance. And while are technically twin exhaust I would have preferred one on side of the rear fascia, would provide an even stance.

Having said that rear spoiler, the skinny bumper lights add a touch of the futuristic to the proceedings and fenders look just as from the rear as they do the front.

What’s it like

Flat-bottomed steering wheel and pedals are R-Line exclusives, rest of interior at the Highline level is very good. Brown Vienna leather as good here as it did in the Touareg we (see photo below)

The additions extend into the where they are mostly Actually, they’re all cosmetic, you include the flat-bottomed steering flat-bottomed wheels getting start in the tight confines of cars and sports cars—the car I ever drove that had one was the R8 —as a way of providing room for the driver’s You don’t’ really need it though, as there’s plenty of up front in the Tiguan’s cabin.

Other additions include a shift-knob, special pedals and R-Line badging on the wheel and sills. It all looks properly and racy, as it should in something “R-Line”.

That $2,750 tag is not too hard to swallow when you the exterior and mechanical upgrades it but it does little in the way of interior To get navigation and a rear view for example, you have to spec the technology package on top of that, your total to over 40 which is a lot to spend on a crossover isn’t really in the luxury

Rear-seat occupants get reclining at the Highline level, but have any more legroom than would in a Golf; best for a kid or two

My advice? Go with the R-Line, but skip the tech package as the system, as is the case in all VWs, is far the best in the industry; roads adequately marked, and the way it zooms in and out depending on your speed is and disorienting. Which, of course, in the face of what a navigation is all about.

Skipping the back-up however, is a shame because exceptionally clear and mounted and low to really provide a good of what’s going on behind

The highline package, meanwhile, leather seats, full-length moonroof (very nice), power driver’s seat, climate control, heated mirrors and reclining rear These are important, as we’ll see.

674L of rear cargo to 1,590 if you fold the back pass-through door a nice

Front seat passengers be comfortable, thanks to 992 millimeters of and a hefty 1,428 (!) of legroom, but of that all comes at a price; it that this here is a meant to be driven voraciously than transport large because rear legroom, at 910 mm, eclipses that of the Golf, sits at 901 mm. Yikes—good thing we those reclining rear then

Cargo space, sits at 674 litres, expanding to if you drop the rear seats, by flipping a lever mounted on the shoulders. It’s a nice to have, but I wish they a little flatter as longer as hockey sticks—were a challenge to

So it may not be the most practical transporter—families of or more might want to this as little more a second car—but boy, for young families, this is one fun vehicle.

19-inch R-Line look right at home in wheelarches

The feeling started by the keyfob and seeing those wink at you is repeated again as as you sit in the seat—you sit high, even on the setting—and grab that leather-wrapped wheel that some very race thumb grips at the 10 and 2 o’clock


It’s all business at this the gauge cluster is as basic as come, with two big gauges and an LCD computer with basic and colours. Nothing to overly the task at hand.

You start the the old-fashioned way, with a of the key (one whose style has very little from which came with my 2003 Passat) and the 2.0-litre, TSI four-banger settles to an idle a little lumpier, a little muscular that you might

It makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of both numbers that—you it—are identical to those by the GTI, currently the second of all Golf models.

“TSI” for “Turbo Stratified Injection,” fuel is injected directly each cylinder’s combustion making for cleaner and more burning of the fuel. It also for a smoother power delivery, a little bit of linearity to the turbo turbo motors often from a “feast or famine”-style of delivery, with turbo lag in the way of predictably reaching peak In the Tiguan, it comes at 5,100 and stays until the 6,000 Peak torque, meanwhile, is from 1,700 r.p.m. all the way up to

Gauges are all business; styling in is so basic that you hardly there’s an LCD screen between when the engine’s off

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This is by the small turbocharger, which take as much time to up and is mostly quiet in its operation, the exception of some whistling as you the 3,500 mark. That’s no problem, as this is a sporty and it’s nice to know it has a bit of a voice.

In tangible sense, this all means is that the comes off the line with but doesn’t leave you wanting in the midrange, either. Meanwhile, is channeled through a six speed automatic gearbox that quite as anti-acceleration as so many auto ‘boxes are these You will want to make use of the paddles to get full involvement, There is a six-speed manual (surprising, I know), but only if you the base Trendline or mid-level trim packages. If you want the fenders and big R-Line wheels  to go your stick shift, you only have one choice, and the Comfortline package.

As good as the power and power is, it’s the handling that stands out. You’d we did—that something as high-riding as would feel wallowy undulations and through aggressive but it simply doesn’t.

6.5-inch LCD displays a nice back-up but the navigation system leaves a lot to be Too bad you can’t get one without the other

It planted and true, a testament to the underpinnings, the firmer sport-tuned (complete with MacPherson up front, a four-link set-up at the and a lightweight aluminum subframe) and the VW that all their vehicles fun-to-drive.

And it doesn’t end there; with providing more in adverse conditions, the 4MOTION AWD adds a sheen of dry-road as well.

Since the Tiguan a transversely-mounted engine, it gets a coupling meaning power can be to each individual drive while taking into what the car’s doing and the various electronic aids—traction ABS, stability control—to get it around that sweeping or power strongly out of that hairpin. Rare is it that driven a crossover that was keen to channel its performance-hatchback this often. It’s and ignoring that turn-off you know leads to yet another road becomes harder and the more you drive.

It’s not all roses; that of performance-oriented chassis set-up a somewhat firmer ride you might expect, but it’s a teeth-rattling affair and should by no be a deal breaker.

The Tiguan is one of crossovers that just . an example of what crossovers about when they started taking the North automotive landscape by storm: dynamics and efficiency, mixed SUV-like capabilities, in the case of the that means some environs up-front and that AWD system.

Yes, you will a little room out back, and our trim package’s MSRP undoubtedly cause some but delete that tech and it becomes a little easier to Or better, yet, start the Comfortline, spec the less-expensive transmission and you will have possibly the most fun you can have a $30,000 crossover.

2013 Tiguan R-Line — Specifications

as tested: $43,425

Body 5-door, 5-passenger crossover

Layout: Front engine/all-wheel

Engine:  2.0-litre FSI 4-cylinder, 16 valves w/turbo

Horsepower: 200 @ r.p.m.

Torque (lb-ft): 207 @ r.p.m.

Transmission: six-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox w/paddle

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