2012 Volkswagen Tiguan First Drive – Autoblog

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Utilizing the same turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine helps the GTI tug at our heartstrings, the Tiguan has been an engaging drive. the same 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of output as last year’s a willing drivetrain was never the it was lackluster fuel economy. VW it has made significant strides in area, executing lots of changes that add up to a big improvement in per gallon.

Chief among is an updated version of its 09M six-speed which now uses two overdrive instead of one. Along this change, the Aisin uncouples its torque converter coasting, and the transmission software reduced shift points and idle speed (now a 600 rpm).

Although official EPA economy numbers aren’t in Volkswagen says these along with low rolling tires, should add up to a 15-to-20 gain in efficiency. Being and going with the 15-percent that should work out to 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway in front-wheel-drive big improvements over the outgoing frankly unimpressive 20/26 Unfortunately, the turbo’d Tig still premium fuel.

The Tiguan’s updated hardware beneath a modest exterior that’s surprisingly effective. The fascia adopts VW’s corporate look, with a split-bar grille and new headlamps look markedly more than the somewhat saggy they replace particularly in SEL which incorporates U-shaped LED a change that recaptures of the aggression lost when the Tiguan of 2006 made the to production.

In profile, little has other than the addition of a lower trim strips, and out reshaped two-piece taillights less globby, with intricate Double L internals. To our the new look is at once more and premium, and the refined Tig has a more stance, particularly when with optional 19-inch alloys.

Interestingly enough, is one of two front-end looks for the 2012 Known as the 28 Track Style (you can’t make stuff up), it has a light-duty skid plate and slightly arrival angle (name VW specs suggest the arrival is actually 24.3, but we don’t see people off-roading their anyway).

The other front fascia, as the 18 Sport Style, incorporates a face, with a larger air intake and a Leno jut to its lowermost European customers will get choice of front-ends depending on model they choose, but customers will have to be with the style seen

Much to our quiet relief, the of the 2012 Tiguan is largely the as its predecessor, which is to say comfortable, laid out, and well-constructed. a new steering wheel with switchgear, a crisper and more data display nestled the tachometer and the speedometer, an updated lever and top-spec SEL models get a fillet of matte silver on the door cards. That’s it.

Those fearing the same of decontenting and discount materials upon the 2011 Jetta nothing to worry about the Tiguan still errs on the side and observed fit-and-finish in a of test models was first-rate.

Sadly, we can’t give you the goods on the new Tiguan just because even though we a whole range of examples, were European-spec models all manner of powertrain and option that we won’t see in America. We out of Munich and into the heart of the Alps driving everything the innovative 1.4-liter twincharger is both supercharged and turbocharged to 158 horsepower and 177 pound-fet of torque) to our TSI four-cylinder backed by a six-speed and 4Motion all-wheel drive, wearing Sport Style

We even spent time in an 2.0-liter TDI diesel 4Motion, the seen here in our photographs. we won’t get any of these powertrain (as before, we’ll have a of a base front-wheel-drive model manual transmission or uplevel with front-or all-wheel paired exclusively with the six-speed automatic), we’ll to wait to give you our full

Alright, we’ll give you one that’s likely to come as a In this application, the 2.0-liter TDI work. We’ve been with the flexibility and driving of this very same in other VWs (including our own long-term ), but if an oil-burning Tiguan is to come to the it’s going to need a to manners school.

While acceptable to a European audience to diesel power tradeoffs, we the TDI to be surprisingly coarse sounding so upon start-up (despite air temperatures in the mid-60s). Once it’s possible to forget the noise, vibration and harshness a while, enjoying the TDI’s 168 hp and 258 of torque output, but the start-stop caused us to revisit our misgivings the engine’s refinement every it kicked in.

Officials reconfirmed the company is actively considering a TDI model stateside, so we hope sic their engineers on the problem, as extra sound insulation and a bit of would probably address our Cornering the market on a high-mpg diesel CUV certainly strikes us as the added effort.

From our vantage point, the other chief impediment to sales has been its price. The Tiguan may boast a more engine and a nicer interior many of its competitors, but its $23,720 price is well north of its chief competitors, the Honda ($21,895) and Toyota RAV4 not to mention cheaper offerings the Kia Sportage ($18,295) and Nissan ($21,460). Volkswagen hasn’t its hand on pricing ahead of the model’s September on-sale but it’s likely to at least the line, if not decrease a bit.

changes will have to until the next-generation Tiguan, a that’s likely to be very from what you see here. For one the all-new model is widely to be built not in Wolfsburg, but in Chattanooga at new plant. Building in the U.S. help make a much price point possible, and successor will almost grow a bit in size to fit U.S. likely sprouting a long-wheelbase with three rows.

What’s more, we hear several sources that the Tig is unlikely to see the sort of interior that’s drawn fire auto critics and brand According to what we’ve from several sources, Browning, VW of North America’s new is understood to be unhappy with the accommodations, so a repeat performance the Tiguan is unlikely.

In the meantime, we see anything here that stop the current generation continuing to build momentum. more refined, better and cheaper to run, and it still the heart of a GTI.

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