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17 Mar 2017 | Text by Sabrina Lee, Photos by Low Fai Ming

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In Tig-Top Shape

The all new Tiguan sport utility vehicle looks upbeat, sporty and is ready for anything, including Singapore's jam-packed urban jungle.


Just the other day, I saw an 80-year old grandpa with a walking stick emerge out of a Tiguan. That's the beauty about the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), its suits almost anyone. It can offer just as smooth a ride as a sedan, easy entrance and egress, climate systems, and connected car features up the wazoo. And despite the naysayers, its popularity continues to climb. 

Yes it may be heavier than a hatchback or sedan, but it also comes with advantages like a higher seating position, a better view of the road and, of course, the inherent space and flexibility that comes with any SUV that's worth its weight.

The new Tiguan has been completely reconfigured with proportions that give it a powerful stance on the road

As VW aspires to be the biggest car producer in the world, the new Tiguan's format offers similar practicality but with more styling panache and mechanical power, which will probably see buyers beat a trail to its showrooms.

Enter the matrix

The latest generation Tiguan heralds the start of an onslaught of new SUV models from the people's car company, from big to small. It is the first VW SUV to be based on the company's latest game-changing MQB platform.

The latest Tiguan gets a longer wheelbase, a reduction in height and added length

The principle is a simple one, and that's to build an architecture that's flexible enough to accommodate anything, from a supermini like a Polo to a compact SUV like the Tiguan. Currently, other VW cars that share the same MQB platform include the Golf, Sportsvan, and Passat Mk8.

Thanks to the wizardry of VW's MQB platform, the Tiguan is now wider, longer and has a longer wheelbase than the one it replaces. There is a 33mm reduction in height to 1,632mm, and at 4,486mm in length, it is 60mm longer than its predecessor. 

The wheelbase is also extended to 2,681mm - a gain of 77mm. This translates to 29mm more kneeroom and more than enough space for three adults to sit comfortably.

Heart of a GTI

The Tiguan you see here is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which packs 220bhp, and sends 350Nm of torque to all four tyres. Because the Tiguan shares the same engine found in the pre-facelift Mk7 Golf GTI, those numbers will look familiar to some. 

At the heart of the latest Tiguan is the same turbocharged 220bhp and 350Nm TSI engine found in the Golf GTI

Despite the 492kg weight disadvantage compared to the GTI, the surge of power from the engine remains impressive. But this propulsion wouldn't be possible without the Tiguan's 4Motion all-wheel drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission drivetain, which enables this SUV to go from 0-100km/h in just 6.5 seconds, beating the base Porsche Macan by 0.4 seconds.

For the most part, it's a happy marriage. There's a trace of turbo lag off the line, but once up and running, the dual-clutch gearbox manages to keep the revs right in the sweet spot, and as usual with DSGs, up-and-down changes happen almost imperceptibly.

The new Tiguan's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission swaps gears smoothly and quickly. 
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Car Information

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Price

: $195,900

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1984cc

Horsepower

:

162kW (217 bhp) / 6200 rpm

Torque

:

350 Nm / 4400 rpm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

6.5sec

Top Speed

:

220km/h

Fuel consumption

:

12.5 km/L

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