The Tiguan is one of the most successful compact offerings from Volkswagen with over 910,000 units produced in 2019 alone. More than 6 million units have been produced ever since its debut in 2007, which means the Tiguan success story is going to continue. It has now received a comprehensive update including a new Tiguan R for the European market.
In terms of styling, the front fascia sports a new grille, which flows into the standard LED headlights. The matrix LED headlights are optional. The revised bumpers look sporty, especially in the R-line variant and more so in the range-topping Tiguan R. The side profile remains mostly unchanged and so is the rear-end of the vehicle. While the taillight shape is the same, it has got new detailing. The Tiguan lettering has been positioned in the centre, underneath the VW logo. The quad exhaust outlets you see on the R-Line are simply fake inserts.
However, it’s the Tiguan R that packs plenty of sex appeal, including real quad exhaust outlets. Buyers can opt for the Akrapovič exhaust system, just like in the T-Roc R.
The refreshed interior features a configurable Digital Cockpit as standard. Other features include a new multifunction steering wheel with touch controls, a standard 8-inch touchscreen display, a 10.25-inch display for higher trims, optional 15-color ambient lighting, and a 480-watt Fender premium audio system as standard on the top trims. Depending on the market, there’ll also be a 480-watt Harman Kardon audio system.
Safety and driver assistance systems include the optional Travel Assist, which can take over the steering, braking and acceleration at speeds between 0-210 km/h (0-130 mph). The system works with Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist lane keeping system—both available in an Advanced Driver-Assistance Package on base trims or standard on mid trims.
The new Tiguan in the U.S. market is powered by an advanced version of the EA888 2.0-litre 4-cylinder TSI engine, which incorporates “Budack cycle” for improved combustion efficiency. The output is 137 kW (186 hp) that kicks in at 4,400 rpm and is maintained until 6,000 rpm, and a maximum torque of 300 Nm (221 lb-ft), available from 1,600 to 4,360 rpm. Transmission is an 8-speed automatic with 4Motion AWD system.
European markets get a 235 kW (320 hp) Tiguan R and a 180 kW (245 hp) plug-in hybrid (Tiguan eHybrid) variants for the first time. The former gets a so called “R-Performance Torque Vectoring” that varies power distribution between the front and rear axles as well as the left and right rear wheels.
The standard wheelbase Tiguan goes on sale in Europe later this year. The U.S. market will continue to receive a long-wheelbase version. The U.S. Tiguan will arrive in fall 2021 as a 2022 model.