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Volkswagen Tiguan, Future Vehicle, SUV
#2 of 31 First Drive
Sep 28, 2007 (4:40 pm)
In its class it appears the Tiguan will have some advantages over its peers, and some disadvantages. Ride, styling, material qualities, etc. are a plus. But premium fuel, mpg sounds iffy at this point though I haven't seen the actual figures. It's somewhat smaller than its competitors which is not a plus. Also, I noticed in these photos that the seats when down do not create a flat 'floor' across the whole space. From the cargo area to the folded down seats, there's a step up. The CR-V suffers something similar. Last night I drove the new Rogue--very impressive vehicle. With the Tiguan engine it would be the choice of this category hands down for me. But I'll have to wait and see the Tiguan in person, drive it, etc. to reach any firm conclusions.
Sep 28, 2007 (8:13 pm)
Why no diesel?
Low down torque would be a winning feature in this class...
#4 of 31 TDI will arrive eventually..
Sep 29, 2007 (1:10 am)
VW has openly stated as much.
As for premium fuel...good grief. If gas is $3 and premium is $3.20 a gallon, the difference is insignificant. Honestly, do the math on 15k miles and you'll see a tiny difference per week with premium v. normal gas.
#5 of 31 Cargo space
Sep 29, 2007 (7:18 am)
16.6 cu. ft. cargo is quite small unless it's an editorial mistake. From the pictures, the cargo cetainly doesn't look big, but not that tiny either.
Does anyone know a source for the official specs?
Funny comment in the article:
"With another 50 hp and 30 lb-ft of torque available from turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4, the U.S.-specification Tiguan should have no trouble keeping up with the Honda CR-V."
It sounds lie the CRV is the benchmark for speed in the class LOL!!! It's not even the fastest I4 compact CUV.
With 200hp and less weight, the Tiguan will be faster than the CRV without doubt.
#6 of 31 Re: TDI will arrive eventually.. [blueguydotcom]
Sep 29, 2007 (1:04 pm)
Agreed on the premium.
In fact, it may be cheaper!
I have 2 Audi A6's, one 6-spd standard, one 5-spd tiptronic.
The more expensive the gas that goes into either, the farther they go on a tank.
So we put Premium Plus gas in, and our cost to drive is lowest.
(years ago our '91 Passat was similar)
But I'm waiting for the TDI version on the Tiguan.
Sep 29, 2007 (6:17 pm)
I was ( maybe i still am)interested in buying one...but i'm interested in the diesel only if the mpg is in the 40's.
Also i'm disappointed in the exterior looks....kind of bland and generic. Was hoping for a more muscular look.
Will have to see one in person i guess.May have to wait for the Volvo XC60 if they don't change the exterior of the show car version.
#8 of 31 Re: Cargo space [dodo2]
Sep 30, 2007 (12:45 am)
16.6 cu. ft. cargo is quite small unless it's an editorial mistake.
Not sure about the exact numbers - the Tiguan is based on the extended Golf (EOS-Passat hybrid) platform, one should remember. Still, most VWs are measured up to the shelf (that covers the rear hatch), only. Loaded up to top, it is quite a bit more. Much more with the rear seats folded down, obviously.
AWD available with auto transmission, only, is more than a disappointment for me. Now I have two reasons I cannot buy it --- the other one being the lack of Diesel. Even if that option is only lacking at introduction, it is a huge mistake. Why does VW never want to cash in on actually having an industry advantage? Soon, when Hondas and Subarus will be available with Diesel engines, no one will notice the as unreliable perceived VWs, any longer.
Oct 04, 2007 (7:49 pm)
As I understand it, the diesel would need after treatment in the tiguan due to increased weight/load on engine. This would add even more cost, and with the dollar headig south, they may have passed on diesel right away.
But, if there is no diesel, then its no sale for me too. Given gas/auto only, then I may just as well get the rav4 v6. Or stretch for the bmw x3 diesel, or wait for the subie diesel, or what/whichever becomes available first.
#10 of 31 No 6MT on AWD model ?
Oct 25, 2007 (4:02 pm)
Hope you're 2009 Tiguan review is mistaken in saying:
Stick with front-wheel drive and you'll be able to choose between a manual and automatic transmission, both six-speeds. Adding 4Motion all-wheel drive limits you to the automatic transmission only.
The Motor Trend review says:
American customers will not get the Twincharger nor the "Track & Field" package (at least not initially) and will instead be treated to "Sport & Style" Tiguans (replete with an 18-degree approach angle and no Offroad Mode) fitted with VW's robust 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower turbo four, a six-speed manual or Aisin automatic (the latter will be replaced by a six-speed DSG a year or so after making its debut), electromechanical power steering, an electronic parking brake, and all-wheel drive (front-drive Tiguans may be added later).
I was getting a little interested in the Tiguan, mostly because of the MT option, but if that's not availalble, then my interest is over.
#11 of 31 Re: Article Comments - 2009 VW Tiguan First Drive [KarenS]
Nov 16, 2007 (9:56 pm)
Here's my feedback to VW: No diesel, no manual, no sale.