Volkswagen Tiguan | First Drive | Autocar India
The Tiguan is the first compact Volkswagen crossover. The sonorous name is derived from the combination of the words tiger (tiger) and iguana (iguana). The car was awarded an athletic appearance. Designers managed to make a very harmonious and attractive look. The long line of the hood, straight front struts, wide wheel arches. The aerodynamic drag coefficient (Cx) was sacrificed to the sacrifice of the monumentality of the body: it is equal to 0.37 for the Tiguan. The platform was borrowed from the Volkswagen Golf.
Volkswagen Tiguan is available in three trim levels: Trend&Fun, Sport&Style, Truck&Field. The first two configurations differ from the third form of the front overhang. The road version of the car is designed for use in metropolitan areas and has limited off-road ability, the maximum angle of entry is limited to 18 degrees, while the off-road version of Track & Field can conquer slopes up to 28 degrees. Sport&Style thanks to the suspension settings and shock absorbers focused on a sports ride. Chrome crossbars on the grille, chrome guides on the roof and 17-inch wheels make the appearance more sporty. Track&Field possesses reliable crankcase protection and allows the driver to turn on a special offroad mode with modified shock absorber settings, electronic differential locks and special assistance modes when going downhill or vice versa when starting uphill.
Offroad mode is activated by one click on the button, launching a number of auxiliary electronic systems. The motion assistant on the descent automatically controls the speed at the exit from the mountain. Movement assistant on the rise changes the characteristics of the engine management system and prevents clutch wear. Changing the accelerator mode allows for more accurate metering of torque, and the ABS system is also optimized for off-road driving. The chassis Tiguan designed to successfully overcome the roads with any surface. Permanent all-wheel drive 4Motion distributes torque between the axles and individual wheels. The system detects a slip in a split second and instantly redistributes cravings. When driving on asphalt in a quiet mode, the car and the car are automatically transferred to the front-wheel drive mode, which increases efficiency. The basic version of the Tiguan front wheel drive.
The interior reigns family severity. Everything is high quality and ergonomic. The devices got a bright blue light from the Golf. The rear seat has a longitudinal adjustment of 16 cm and a backrest with an adjustable angle of inclination, allowing you to improve passenger comfort or increase the useful amount of luggage. The seat folds in parts 40:60, and in cars Tiguan Track&Field and Sport&Style standard equipment is a folding front passenger seat, making it easy to adjust the cabin for the transport of long items.
The base Tiguan glitters from chrome, and protects passengers from the rays of the scorching sun athermal glazing and tinted rear windows. The bottom of the car also has engine protection and anti-gravel protection, which will allow you to safely leave the asphalt road to the country road. In addition to the trunk, which fits in its depths up to 650 kg of cargo, roof rails are provided on the roof, which are able to withstand up to 100 kg of additional cargo.
Tiguan - the first SUV in the world, completed only with turbo engines. Two new TSI engines are available for Russian buyers: 1.4 TSI with dual supercharging, 150 hp. and turbocharged 2.0 TSI 170 hp Both engines are equipped with 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox, respectively. Average fuel consumption: 8.4 - 9.9 l / 100 km. These engines are characterized by low noise and comply with the Euro 5 environmental standard. For the markets of other countries, a two-liter turbo engine with 200 hp of direct injection is also offered.
An extensive list of electronic systems, both standard and optional, is the hallmark of all Volkswagen models. Tiguan is equipped with ABS, a system for maintaining stability, a system for monitoring tire pressure. The infotainment system combines the functions of a music center and navigation system. To control the system using the active touch screen. Maps and multimedia files are stored on a hard disk of 30 gigabytes. There is a slot for SD memory cards through which you can download MP3 files. The innovative function of the navigation system is useful when driving in off-road conditions and in an area for which there are no electronic maps. The device can save up to 500 intermediate points of the route, so it is always possible to find a way back. As additional equipment, you can order such options as a rear-view camera or the Park Assist system, which itself determines the location of a possible parking and controls the steering wheel rotation.
The European Consumer Protection Organization Euro NCAP has tested the safety level of the car, and the results have been excellent. After a series of crash tests, Tiguan won five stars for protecting passengers and, by the sum of ratings, took the leading position in safety in the compact crossover class. Basic equipment (in Europe) offers: front airbags, side airbags to protect the head and body, front belts with pretensioners and force limiters, a warning lamp on the not fastened front belts, ISOFIX attachments on the rear side seats.
The Tiguan model has become a very successful project. Since its debut in 2007, it has not gone down from the first lines of sales ratings. To maintain consumer interest at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011, a restyled crossover was presented, which the company has high hopes for.
Externally, the updated Tiguan is not much different from its predecessor. The car is available in four trim levels: Trend & Fun, Track & Field, Sport & Style and Track & Styl, and the latter is offered only with a 140-strong diesel and automatic. Each version has its own distinctive features. Track bumpers and sills & Field improve the off-road ability of the car, and in the Sport version & Style makes the look more fashionable and sporty. The off-road version is longer by 177 mm, has the best geometric cross and is equipped only with all-wheel drive transmission. Version for the city can be monoprivodnom.
The design of the updated Tiguan is a long hood line, straight front struts, wide wheel arches. The exterior has become a bit more mature and similar to the older brother of the Volkswagen Touareg, which is especially helpful in front LED optics. Black glossy grille styled in accordance with the new corporate style of the company and decorated with chrome moldings. Rear rounded brake lights predecessor replaced by more spectacular angular shape. It only remains to add updated thresholds, 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome roof rails. The height of the ground clearance is 195 mm - the exact same figures for the Volkswagen Touareg.
Salon Volkswagen Tiguan 2011 has not undergone fundamental changes. Special attention is given to the new multifunctional steering wheel from the Golf IV model and the information display on the updated dashboard. On the center console, the location of the buttons has changed and more chrome has become. The microclimate control unit has changed, and the engine start button is located to the left of the gearbox. The front panel is soft and pleasant to the touch, and all the niches and drawers, of which in VW Tiguan a great many, covered with soft material. In the most expensive equipment there is a version of upholstery with high-quality brown leather. VW specialists also worked on sound insulation. Four trim levels are offered: S, SE, Sport and Escape.
Three of the seven power units are new. Four TSI petrol engines: 1.4-liter capacity and 122 and 160 hp, 2.0-liter volume and 180 and 210 hp. Three diesel engines with a displacement of 2.0 liters, providing power 110, 140 and 170 hp In Russia, all Tiguan crossovers are still equipped with either a manual or automatic six-speed gearbox. For the European market, the model of 2011 switched from “automata” to a seven-speed robotized DSG gearbox with two clutches.
The optional DCC suspension allows you to select the optimal settings depending on the movement conditions (Normal, Sport and Comfort). If the old Tiguan could only park in parallel with the curb, then the new one, thanks to the second-generation Park Assist system, can also stand perpendicularly. Twelve ultrasonic sensors with an operating radius of 4.5 m are responsible for the successful execution of the maneuver. Therefore, with parallel parking, the Tiguanu needs a stock of 40 cm in front and behind (previously at least 70 cm).