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VOLKSWAGEN Tiguan   2021 2022
2021 2022

The German carmaker introduced the facelifted version for the Tiguan’s second generation in early 2020 as a 2021 model year and upgraded more than just its look.
With more than four million units sold since its launch in 2017, the Tiguan was a huge success for the German carmaker. In 2019 alone, the compact SUV was sold in over 900,000 units, which was more than Volkswagen expected, and it was among the best-selling SUVs in the world. But even the best things in life (or a carmaker lineup) had to improve to stay on top of their game, and the Tiguan received an important update at the beginning of 2020.

The 2021 Tiguan featured a new front fascia, with slimmer and swept-back headlights. Its grille with illuminated strips and reshaped badge were bolder and more striking. Volkswagen introduced new LED signatures DRLs and offered iIQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlamps with 24 individual luminescent diodes. That system was first seen on its bigger brother Touareg.

Inside, the carmaker offered its newest version of the control panel for the climate control system, with a touch-screen and sliders on the center stack. A Harman Kardon sound system was included on the options list, so its customers could enjoy high-quality music while on the road. The cabin provided adequate room for five adult passengers, with bucket seats at the front and a 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench, which enlarged the trunk from 520 liters (18.36 cu-ft) to 1,655 liters (58.7 cu-ft) when folded down.

Under the hood, Volkswagen installed a choice of five engines: three turbo-diesels and two turbocharged gasoline units.

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VOLKSWAGEN Tiguan R  2020 2022
2020 2022

With a lot of experience under its belt regarding performance vehicles, Volkswagen introduced the most potent version of its Golf-based Tiguan model, the R.
Along with the 2020 facelifted version, Volkswagen introduced a new model in the stable: the wild Tiguan R. A 320 hp compact SUV that was able to run among the best hot-hatches on the road and still be able to cope with some mild off-road situations.

On the outside, the broad black grille on the front bumper accompanied the same color grille. The new styling of the headlights resembled those installed on the Golf VIII. On the sides, the silver caps on the door-mirrors with LED turn-signals were specific for the Tiguan R. At the rear, the “R” lettering was installed in the middle of the tailgate, under the VW badge. In order to open the trunk, a hands-free system was fitted as standard. The roof-spoiler on top of the tailgate emphasized the sporty character of the car. Last but not least, the quad-exhaust system was specifically designed for the Tiguan R.

Inside, the designers installed top features never seen before on a Tiguan. The steering wheel featured illuminated touch islands and sliders. A new touch-module was installed for the climate control unit and for the heated front seats. A set of Type C USB ports were placed on the center stack. The Tiguan R was fitted as standard with an 8” screen for the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.

Power came from a turbocharged direct-injection engine that offered 320 hp. The 2.0-liter engine was paired as standard to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends the power in all four corners via a torque-vectoring system.

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VOLKSWAGEN Tiguan   2016 2020
2016 2020

The second generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan was shown at the 2015 Frankfurt Motorshow and it is the answer given by the German car manufacturer to the compact crossover segment.
In 2016, basically, every car-manufacturer had something to say on the compact SUV segment. Considering this, the German manufacturer has decided not to improve the first generation but rather transform it and started from scratch.

The second Tiguan platform was the MQB, which was used for the first time for an SUV. The width of the vehicle was aesthetically enlarged due to its grille with two horizontal chromed lines on it and narrow headlights. Unlike the previous generation, the 2016 Tiguan didn’t look just like a modified hatch-back. It had a proper SUV image, even in the long-wheelbase version that could host up to seven people inside.

Inside, the clean dashboard and simple lines were typical for a Volkswagen. It didn’t have something special on the look, other than being very practical. Everything was exactly where you’d expect to be, but somehow boring. The infotainment system offered an option for an 8” touchscreen display and it could connect to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The rear seats could have been moved back and forth, with a reclining seatback.

For the engine compartment, the Tiguan had plenty of engines to offer, including a 2.0-TDI engine that featured different power levels, from 150 hp up to 250 hp on the R-version. The Tiguan was offered either with 2WD or all-wheel-drive.

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VOLKSWAGEN Tiguan   2011 2016
2011 2016

Somewhere between luxury and mainstream, the Volkswagen Tiguan compromised some of its practicality for a top-notch cabin.
While the typical compact crossovers’ interiors were fitted with lots of plastics, the Tiguan managed to eclipse the competition by providing high quality materials approaching those of premium brands.

Minor updates were brought to the exterior and the most notable was the redesigned front grille.

The compact crossover was available in three trim levels: S, SE and SEL.

Offered with a standard front-wheel-drive system, the SE and SEL could be chosen with a 4wheel-drive system, Volkswagen’s 4Motion.

While the base trim level included 15-inch alloys, air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity and an 8-speaker audio system, the SE added larger 17-inch alloys, chrome exterior details, fog lights, a roof rack, a multifunction steering wheel, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery and a roof storage console.

The top-of-the-range included adaptive bi-xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, ambient interior lighting, keyless go, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, 18-inch alloys, a panoramic sunroof and a navigation system.

Several other options were bundled into packages and some of them were offered as stand-alone options such as side steps, 19-inch alloys, a trailer hitch and a different body kit.

Standard safety features included antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.

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VOLKSWAGEN Tiguan   2008 2011
2008 2011

Due to the high demand for SUV vehicles, Volkswagen launched the compact-sized Tiguan in the autumn of 2007, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
And it was a huge success.

Despite the fact that the world surged into an economic crisis soon after the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Tiguan was well received by the market. While some considered it as the little brother of the Touareg, the Tiguan was more of a bigger brother of the Passat B6. It shared the same platform with the Passat CC.

The Tiguan featured a simple, yet honest, design. It looked more like a hatchback on stilts than an SUV, but it worked. The front overhang was quite long for an SUV, but it was needed to install the engine accessories. The headlights resembled those fitted on the Passat CC. The A-pillars were not very raked, to enhance the rugged image of the car. In the rear, the widened fenders were unusual for an SUV, but more commonly found on a sporty hatchback.

Inside, there were many similarities with the Golf V but technologically evolved. The top infotainment unit, (RNS510) offered a standard 30 Gb hard disk memory for maps, music, and even pictures. A panoramic roof was offered as an option.

The 2008 Tiguan was offered exclusively with turbocharged engines, either gasoline or diesel. The latter proved to be part of the Dieselgate scandal, even though they were marketed as Euro 5 engines.

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