The Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 R-Line is magnificent.
We’ve driven some fairly amazing cars over the years, but the Tiguan R-line ticked a lot of boxes for us and not just with the gents! The Tiguan in R-line guise is easy on the eye.
The 2016 Tiguan brings the model in line with Volkswagen’s other premium offerings and you will not be disappointed. Even without the R-line package, which does influence our opinion because of the larger wheels and finishing touches, the stance of the Tiguan suggests more than one might expect from the 1.4l turbo charged diesel engine. The sporty stance is complemented with fairly aggressive styling for a mid-size SUV and mated to the ever-impressive DSG gearbox seen on many of VW’s premium cars.
Acceleration is brisk rather than rapid, with a respectable top end but never at the cost of comfort. If you do push the engine the most noticeable thing is the lack of noise. While it’s not dead quiet it is well insulated from the cabin and does not intrude courtesy of the DSG shifting whenever possible to be efficient and quiet.
We’ve come to expect keyless entry and the model we drove offered it, but it is an extra on the Comfortline. A nice extra is the folding towbar, which all but disappears under the rear of the car when not required. Other nice to have extras are the rear camera which displays on the 8″ touch screen used the sound system interface, the visual representation of the bluemotion engine management system and various telephone functions. Another feature you might want is the almost full-length panoramic roof which opens in stages and offers some glorious views of the night sky. And since your attention might be diverted, a forward collision warning system is also available.
The new Tiguan is lower than it’s predecessor but has more headroom and comfort is also the theme when considering the 180mm travel of the rear seats to enlarge the boot capacity or accommodate a passenger with longer legs. The boot has grown by 50 litres over the old model’s, meaning total load space rises to 520 litres, while sliding the rear seats all the way forward adds up to 615 litres. Dropping the rear bench altogether raises the capacity to a healthy 1,655 litres.
It’s no surprise the Tiguan is a contender for car of the year and we believe it will place very well after the judging.
Tiguan 1.4 TSI 110 kW Comfortline 2WD BMT DSG
|Capacity||1.4/1395 l / cm³|
|Type of gear||6-speed manual|
|Power||92kW @ 5,000 – 6,000 r/min|
|Torque||200Nm @ 1,400-4,000 r/min|
|Engine Type||Turbo Stratified Injection (TSI)|
Price : R 465 000
R-Line package : R 18 000
8″ touch screen : R 12 000
Volkswagen offer a host of extras you can choose to individualise your Tiguan via their website.