In the last year, I have spent a considerable amount of time with the Volkswagen Tiguan having driven it on road trips around Maharashtra. Recently I spent 2 weeks with it again. The Tiguan is one of the favourite SUV’s in my family. The space it offers, driving comfort and overall luxury has grown on all of us.

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How was it to drive around daily, in bumper to bumper traffic? Let’s find out…

VW cars all possess a similarity in the design language and driving dynamics of all their models. To start with, they are extremely safe, fuel efficient, and fun to drive. The Tiguan is a car that grows on you, the more time one spends with it.

The first few days with the Tiguan were spent going for meetings across the city. Not once did I feel that one was driving a SUV. The Tiguan is very refined, extremely easy to manoeuvre and hassle free to drive in traffic. Parking too is made easy with the parking assist feature.

2.jpg1The Tiguan comes with a 2.0 litre TDI turbocharged diesel engine with a peak power output of 143 hp and 340 Nm of torque. This is based on Volkswagen’s MQB modular platform, making it lighter than other SUVs in that price range.

The 7 speed DSG transmission in the Tiguan is extremely refined in terms of upshifts and downshifts. Paddle shifters usually come into play, mainly when driving on the highway. In the city I stuck to the automatic transmission which worked perfectly well. The four driving modes available are Snow, Normal, Off road and Individual. The mode one usually uses is normal , which delivers optimum performance with good fuel efficiency.COLLAGE 2 - Copy.jpgSafety is one of the hallmarks of all VW cars. Their cars which I have experienced on the racetrack and in the real world are extremely safe. The Tiguan comes with a feature called the “active hood” which raises itself automatically by 3 inches, in the case of a collision with a pedestrian. This is to ensure the pedestrian doesn’t hit the hard parts of the vehicle in such an accident, minimising the level of injury.

There are 6 airbags, ABS, ESC, Hill Descent and Auto hold available as part of the safety package in the Tiguan.

Lots of SUV’s while large looking and imposing, don’t offer lots of legroom in the rear seat. The Tiguan isn’t one of them. It offers very good legroom which make cross country road trips a comfortable experience for the passengers. Boot space offered is 615 Litres capacity courtesy the reclining 60:40 rear seats split.

While driving the Tiguan I downloaded and installed the VW Connect App on my phone. The VW Connect is an intelligent vehicle assistant that offers a seamless connected car experience for VW drivers. The app works through a “Plug and Play” dongle which is fitted to the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port of the car. After which you connect to it, via Bluetooth to start using the app. The connect app is compatible with both, Android and iOS platforms and is available to download on Google Play and App store respectively.

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This app gave me insights about trip tracking, driving behaviour, location sharing. An SOS call option and fuel cost monitor are also available. Booking service appointments is also made easy using this app.

The 2 weeks with the Tiguan just flew by. Next time I look forward to going on a 1500km-2000 km road trip in this wonderful SUV discovering our beautiful country.

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