The Tiguan is finally in the Indian market, and It looks like the price has disappointed many. But the thing is, even in Germany and UK, the 2.0 TDI 4Motion costs more or less the same. So I guess its the same thing everywhere. Not saying that it’s a good price, but it looks like that’s how it has been priced even in the international markets.
The first impression you’ll have when you see it in person is how compact it looks compared to its rivals such as Fortuner and Endeavour. It’s a clean design, nothing extreme or aggressive. Its VW’s first MQB product in India. There are only two variants on offer, Comfortline and Highline, and both get 4Motion all wheel drive as standard. There is a big list of features as standard including automatic LED headlamps.
Keyless entry and push button start is exclusive to the Highline trim. Other features such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, cruise control, 3-zone climate control, electrically adjustable driver’s seat are standard.
While the electric tailgate is standard, the one-touch close is exclusive to the Highline. There are few more features which are exclusive to the Highline, such as the panoramic glass roof and LED tail lamps. And honestly, that’s the only big difference between Comfortline and Highline. The Comfortline itself packs a good amount of kit.
But it looks like the Audi Virtual Cockpit like digital instrument cluster has been given a miss for the Indian market.
Speaking of the interiors, it’s a typical VW interior which neither impress nor disappoint you. It’s a clean functional layout where everything looks well put together. The panoramic glass roof adds airiness to an otherwise dark cabin. On the flipside, you don’t have to worry about those black interiors getting soiled.
As you know there is only one engine on offer, the 141 hp 2.0 litre TDI paired to a 7-Speed DSG with paddle shifters. There is a drive mode selector through which you can select different modes such as Comfort, Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual.
Last but not the least, the safety. In fact the safety has been given a top priority in the Tiguan. There are front, side and curtain airbags, ABS, ESC, Driver alert system, reversing camera, Hill descent control, Active hood and many more as standard. The Highline gets self-sealing tires as well.
After going through that big list of features, I think Tiguan is a type of car which feels “pricey, but worth it” at the same time. Tiguan is classy, and will certainly appeal to the brand-conscious people. There are a lot of them.
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