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Review: VW Tiguan facelift 2021

By Himanshu Walia | Published: 03 Jan' 22 | Updated: 13 Jan' 22


Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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In India, the Volkswagen Tiguan facelift showcases the new global appearance for Volkswagen automobiles (which is a cross between the Golf Mk8 and the Touareg, the company's big daddy SUV) for the first time. 

 

However, view the VW Tiguan facelift 2021 as a successor to the Tiguan Allspace 7-seater, which it replaces, rather than as a replacement for the preceding Tiguan 5-seater, especially considering that the Allspace was the first large Volkswagen SUV to be equipped with the 2.0-liter TSI Petrol engine. 

 

However, despite its rather underwhelming on-paper performance, the previous Volkswagen Tiguan with its 2.0-liter diesel engine was one of our favorite road trip vehicles. Is Tiguan's gasoline-powered engine up to the task?

Volkswagen Tiguan facelift 2021 Review: What's New

Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan had its international premiere in 2016, and it was introduced in India shortly thereafter. It was phased out as part of the transition to BSVI in 2020, and it was replaced by Volkswagen Allspace petrol. 

 

The VW Tiguan has completed its circle of life, and the good news is that on the outside, it appears to be as new as it ever was, with an even more polished appearance than before.

 

The grille is bigger, with four chrome slats defining the contour, and the LED headlamps are more stylized, tapering to a point. The wheels are larger and more aggressive of VW Tiguan. The smaller LED matrix headlights themselves are quite impressive, especially when combined with VW's IQ. 

Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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Intelligent lighting technology, which includes 24 unique LEDs in each bulb, illuminates the road ahead intelligently, with cornering functionality and automated selection based on the types of roads you're traveling on, all of which helps to prevent blinding other drivers. 

 

The lower bumper of this Volkswagen SUV has a more modern appearance as well, but take it all in because the modifications are concentrated in the front end. The 18-inch split-spoke wheels, though they do a good job of filling out the arches, are a little too simple in their appearance when viewed from the outside. 

 

Volkswagen Tiguan rear lights have been slightly angularized in their appearance, and different characteristic light elements have been added, while the tailgate has been redesigned to have a huge Tiguan insignia that takes pride in its position on it. Volkswagen's new flat emblem is also visible all over the car, as well as on the inside.

 

Lastly, when it comes to the cabin, The Volkswagen Tiguan has a new slightly flat-bottomed steering wheel has a prominent new logo, which is hidden behind the new 10-inch Digital Cockpit Pro that is clear, legible, and easily customizable. 

Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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Also, this Volkswagen SUV included a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, touch-sensitive climate settings (with a backlit blower speed indicator, which is a nice touch), all USB charging ports (two up front, two at the rear, with handy backlighting), and a big panoramic sunroof.

Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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Aside from that, the dashboard layout stays mostly unchanged, with high-quality soft-touch materials in the majority of areas and Vienna leather upholstery as is customary. 

 

What's noteworthy is that the reverse camera provides four different viewing angles, the seats are heated rather than cooled, and the passenger side front seat can only be adjusted manually.

Volkswagen Tiguan facelift 2021 Review: Powertrain

Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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In its place, the 2.0-liter diesel was replaced by a 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine with a 7-speed DSG and all-wheel drive, which is the same as the outgoing Tiguan Allspace that we're all too acquainted with at this point.

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The petrol engine produces 190 horsepower and 320 Newton-meters of torque, which is 37 horsepower more than the diesel and 20 Newton-meters less in torque, albeit maximum torque is rated at lower revs for the petrol engine! 

 

You would expect a performance difference between the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and the smaller Tiguan, given that the Tiguan Allspace is 215mm longer overall, with 110mm of that length in the wheelbase alone, to account for the two additional seats. 

 

However, the Volkswagen Tiguan's kerb weight of 1,703kg is only 32kg heavier than the Allspace's, so this won't make much of a difference in terms of performance.

Volkswagen Tiguan facelift 2021 Review: Driving Experience

Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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As a result of our past experience with the diesel-powered Volkswagen Tiguan, we can say that the new TSI-powered VW Tiguan feels and sounds significantly more refined, with a more alert feel from the throttle pedal at all speeds. 

 

With peak torque occurring between 1,500 and 4,100 revs, this TSI engine has the potential to give a diesel engine a run for its money in terms of liveliness at low speeds! 

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During normal driving of Volkswagen Tiguan, the 7-speed transmission will deliver seamless shifts around the 2,100rpm mark in order to keep up with traffic; however, getting away from it will necessitate a firmer foot on the accelerator, with a pleasing growl from the engine as a reward, even at the top end of the rev range. 

 

The inside is roomy, and the seats are supportive and pleasant. Though it's not perfect, the gearbox is very well behaved, never displaying any signs of ambiguity about which gear it should be in - something that the earlier diesel had a hard time with when coping with unpredictable traffic situations in the first place. 

 

The 2.0-liter petrol engine, on the other hand, is unbeatable when it comes to pure performance. In our tests, the Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-litre petrol completed the 0-100kmph run in 8.5 seconds, compared to 9.6 seconds for the diesel. Launch control is included with the VW Tiguan Allspace, as well.

 

When it comes to roll-on performance, the statistics for the 30 to 50, 50 to 70, and 60 to 80 metrics are 1.9 seconds, 2.3 seconds, and 2.7 seconds, respectively, with the Sport drive mode, bizarrely adding tenths to the times, rather than reducing them, as expected. 

 

As previously said, selecting a drive mode also immediately shifts the gearbox into the relevant mode to make things a little more straightforward. The one area in which the petrol VW Tiguan falls short of the diesel is in terms of fuel efficiency, with the petrol car returning 8.2kmpl in the city (13.4kmpl for the diesel) and 11.7kmpl on the highway, respectively (18.2kmpl for the diesel).

Volkswagen Tiguan facelift 2021 Review: Ride and Handling

Volkswagen Tiguan Facelift 2021

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At low speeds and highway speeds, the 5-seater Volkswagen Tiguan feels a touch quicker to turn in than the larger Tiguan Allspace, which is more appropriate for the generally lighter-than-absolutely-required steering feel. 

 

The steering is accurate, it's only that the weight of the steering initially throws you off your course. When driving over harsher edges of bumps and potholes, the VW Tiguan rides nicely, retaining some of its trademark underlying stiffness but remaining unaffected by road undulations. 

 

The Volkswagen Tiguan also maintains its line effectively through fast sweeping curves, and it appears to have the potential to be an excellent family getaway vehicle for the eager driver, much like the larger Allspace formerly was. 

 

The all-wheel-drive appears to operate quietly in the background, allowing you to maintain control of the vehicle even when driving over gravelly terrain. 

 

The front-wheel-drive system, especially with the ESC set to its sportiest mode, tends to generate understeer if you get too confident with your turn entrance speeds, yet the manner the Tiguan settles in a corner is predictable even when pushed to the maximum.

Verdict

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is still the pricey proposition that it was, despite its current price tag of Rs 31.99 lakh (ex-showroom), which is around a lakh rupees lower than its previous price tag of Rs 32.99 lakh. 

 

Its competitors, the Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson, are all in varying degrees cheaper (despite the fact that they also feature all-wheel drive), but they may be lacking in the sort of intangible polish that the Tiguan provides. 

 

The somewhat larger Citroen C5 Aircross, on the other hand, is significantly more expensive, does not have all-wheel drive, but is more comfortable. 

 

Finally, if you're looking for a German SUV that costs less than Rs 40 lakh on the road, the Tiguan is your sole option. But it's not a decision you'll come to regret in the least.

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