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After celebrating the astounding success of their premium mid-size SUV – the Taigun, Volkswagen have launched their fourth SUVW – the facelifted Tiguan in India. Now this car that you see here has been in the global market for a while, however, Volkswagen have finally launched their flagship five-seater SUV back in India with subtle yet notable changes.

Well, the Tiguan was always a pretty-looking SUV with a brawny stance, subtle chrome on the bumpers and short overhangs. For 2021, the Tiguan gets a revised grille that’s flanked by sharp LED headlamps that house VW’s IQ. Matrix LED headlamps that come with various lighting modes and adaptive lighting as well. Move along the sides and the body stays unchanged, however, the Tiguan now runs on fresh 18-inch Frankfurt design wheels. At the back, the tail lamps get a revision as well with a new lighting signature, followed by Tiguan lettering under the VW emblem. The boot as well is now an automated unit, unlike its predecessor.

Staying true to Volkswagen’s theory of no diesels, the 2.0-litre diesel mil has been replaced by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, TSI engine that pumps out a healthy 190 hp and 320 Nm. Yes, this is the same motor that was seen in the Tiguan Allspace that we’ve all loved. Power is sent to all four wheels thanks to 4Motion – Volkswagen’s four-wheel-drive tech that comes mated to a slick seven-speed DSG transmission. While we haven’t tested this engine for fuel-efficiency figures yet, Volkswagen claims the motor can give you a fuel-efficiency figure of 12.65 km/l (ARAI certified)

Step inside the Tiguan and it still carries the same level of premium-ness as its predecessor. The Vienna leather seats feel extremely well built and provide the utmost comfort. It gets a 30-shade ambient lighting system followed by three-zone climate control with touch controls along with a panoramic sunroof as well. The centre stage has been taken over by a Taigun-ish eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display along with a new 10-inch virtual cockpit display. The multifunction steering wheel felt nice to the touch and the cabin, extremely roomy. The automated boot lid we spoke of earlier still allows for a spacious 650-litres of boot space.

Safety and Technology:
Volkswagens are always known for over-engineering their cars and adding a gamut of safety and technological features that make out lives super easy and the Tiguan shows no dearth of this. It gets a 360-degree camera, six airbags, ABS, ESC, anti-slip regulation, an electronically locking differential, engine drag torque control, hill descend hold and auto hold as well. But that’s not it, VW is also offering the My Volkswagen Connect App that enables customers to monitor their driving patterns, live-track their Tiguan, geo-fencing, time-fencing and many more safety features.

Price and competition:
The Tiguan has been introduced for Rs 31.99 lakh (ex-showroom), putting it right into the dogfight of five-seater SUVs like – the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Fortuner and the MG Gloster.


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