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Review: The 2014 Volkswagen TDI is frugal forbidden fruit – for now

the ultra-efficient compact crossover currently only available in The 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan equipped with a turbodiesel making 140-horsepower, could be at more than 30 miles per if it were on sale in the U.S. lets us try out its most economical vehicle, to see if there’s a market for a with a conscience.

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Jeffrey Jablansky We took a in the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan the German-market-only version of the popular SUV.

Just in time for the holidays, which are marked by a of tourists from around the descending en masse upon New landmarks, Volkswagen was kind to send over a thoroughly ex-pat of a different kind. The Volkswagen Tiguan TDI, a version of VW’s popular sport-utility vehicle, equipped a frugal diesel engine.

Daily News Autos had the chance to spend several with the Tiguan TDI, to gauge whether the U.S. is interested and ready for a compact SUV sips diesel fuel.

this Tiguan TDI looks the same as the ones sold in American dealerships, and is chiefly by its engine: a 2.0-liter turbodiesel produces 140-horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of This engine also serves duty in the Golf and Jetta sedan.

By comparison, the TDI 60-horsepower less than the market Tiguan’s 2.0-liter engine. But the benefit of the torquey translates to sprightly off-the-line – which comes in handy facing taxi drivers on a morning commute.

Living the thoroughly modern engine in the TDI dispels any myths that are noisy, smelly relics take long to start up and idling before becoming warm. That’s all nonsense.

Jeffrey Jablansky The Tiguan’s isn’t designed to turn

During the cold December of testing the Tiguan TDI, temperatures frequently reached freezing, the ignition required a crank, but the engine started each time.

The engine was more gravelly than its counterpart, but the sound was far from or obtrusive. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission snapped off quick below 2500 rpm, as is of a low-revving diesel engine.

engine, coupled with all-wheel drive, made a big in the way the Tiguan performs in the daily Acceleration is not brisk, but the engine/transmission does a commendable job of maintaining without noticeable turbo

Official EPA fuel economy are unavailable, given the car’s status in the United States, but the bent toward efficiency translate to combined fuel as high as the mid-30s. Figures as those would elevate the TDI far above its most thrifty like the Mazda CX-5, if it for sale here.

Jeffrey Jablansky Basically wanted to know more the Tiguan TDI.

Some Euro-only features fitted to the TDI include an automatic holding which utilizes the electric brake instead of the driver down on the brake pedal; a feature, which cuts power to reduce idling; dampers for sporty and comfortable settings; and a self-parking system was unwilling to work on the streets of

Because the clean and simple interface was programmed for Deutschland, than Manhattan, street-smart trumped voice-activated inputs. An egg of this straight-from-Germany model was the of a certain currency symbol in the of an American Top 40 artist’s name on the interface.

This particular looked and acted nearly to its American cousins in most respects, however, from its cargo area to its sit-low-ride-high position. It steers, brakes, and in as Germanic (read: stiffly but a manner as possible. A tropical exterior finish, seats in two-tone beige and dark and a European front license were the only elements attracted any degree of attention.

In fact, the most startling during the three-day sojourn the Tiguan TDI came during a for coffee and a photo shoot in the Village. A group of European surrounded the small blue and demanded to know everything it.

Jeffrey Jablansky Perhaps is how you translate Ke$ha into

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

Why is it here? Whose is it? Did I ship it from…where is it from?

This stood in stark contrast to with American friends and who were convinced that already sells a Tiguan TDI and were disappointed by the truth.

All in, it is fairly simple to make the for the Tiguan TDI, which the balance between providing an driving experience and achieving fuel economy. It could join the ranks of ideal cars for New York. thanks to its dimensions, were it available for on these shores. It’s unclear whether the next-generation TDI will find its way here, Volkswagen is obviously taking the temperature.

Like a European on holiday – you know, the ones the maps on the subway platform, you then gently nudge out of the way – the TDI shows us how the rest of the world

Jeffrey Jablansky This is the Tiguan TDI stands out: a turbodies making 140-horsepower and fuel economy as high as the

We just wish this one stick around a little

Vital Stats: 2014 Tiguan TDI

Appeals to . Frugal enthusiasts who SUVs

Base price . Not for in the United States

Drivetrain . 140-horsepower turbocharged diesel engine, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission

Major competitors . Cruze diesel, Honda Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Sportwagen

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan
2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

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