All-new Volkswagen Tiguan SUV has been launched in India, available in two variants: Comfortline and Highline.

The Tiguan SUV sits on the VW Group’s modular MQB platform, measuring 4486 mm in length, 1839 mm in width, 1672 mm in height and sits on a wheelbase of 2681 mm. The SUV has a ground clearance of 149 mm while weighs 1720 kg (with 90% fuel). Five colours are available – Tungsten Silver, Oryx White, Deep Black, Indium Grey and Atlantic Blue.

Standard on the Comfortline are thing such as auto LED headlamps and DRLs, 17-inch alloy wheels, 3-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped flat bottom steering wheel, electrically-adjustable heated front seats, front centre armrest with storage and a 8-inch touchscreen head unit (with Bluetooth, SD card, USB, AUX-in, 8 speakers) and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility.

Besides the above-mentioned features, the Highline adds on 18-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, panoramic sunroof, electrically operated tailgate, keyless entry and push start, Illuminated front scuff plates, ‘Dark Grid’ inserts on the dashboard and door cards (silver in Comfortline), Ambient lighting and 12-way electric driver’s seat with memory.

The Tiguan – named in Euro NCAP’s Best in Class Cars of 2016 list – comes with standard front, side and curtain airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), hill descent control, tyre pressure monitoring system, rain sensor, front and rear parking sensors and disc brakes on all four wheels. The Highline trim further gets a rear parking camera and self sealing tyres.

The 4Motion four-wheel drive Tiguan (front-wheel drive not on offer for now) is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI engine with 143 PS @ 4,000 rpm and 340 Nm of torque @ 1,750 – 2,750 rpm. The engine is mated to a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddle-shifters. The official claimed fuel consumption is 17.06 KMPL.

The Tiguan is locally assembled at the Volkswagen Group’s manufacturing facility in Aurangabad (the first CKD VW SUV) – it is priced competitively at Rs. 27.98 lakh for the Comfortline and Rs. 31.38 lakh for the Highline to battle the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and the yet-to-be-launched Jeep Compass (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

Volkswagen has also rolled out a 7-seater Tiguan Allspace for some international markets, but this is the standard 5-seat version and VW India has no plans to bring the LWB in. But we can expect the German car maker to add two-wheel drive Tiguan at a later stage.

 
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