Traditional sedans (think Jetta/Passat) are a dying breed, and the popularity of SUVs on the rise. Be prepared to see more of the likes of the Tiguan, and similar models like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V as the family transport of choice. BMW even announced that once the current 3-Series reaches the end is its cycle in 2017/18, local production will switch the X3 to become the top choice in the stable.
Why is this model so important?
With segment sales rising, Volkswagen is betting big on the Tiguan. Getting things wrong is simply not an option, especially considering VW’s aim of being the world’s Number 1 vehicle brand choice by 2018 and putting the ongoing diesel emission scandal to bed once and for all. The Tiguan is sold in more than 170 countries worldwide, which makes it one of the core models of the Volkswagen brand alongside the Golf, Passat and Polo.
What does this mean?
In the last 10 years, VW has sold more than 2.8 million Tiguans world-wide in what used to be a niche segment. With that all changing, the newcomer is based on the VW group’s flexible MQB, which allows for multiple models to share the same underpinnings (think Golf, Passat and various other models in the Audi/Skoda/Seat lines).
What’s the fuss about?
The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system includes premium class technology for use on and off road – it’s a go-anywhere, anytime choice for active, lifestyle orientated family buyers. At 1 655 litres, boot space is 145 litres larger than its predecessor. All TSI engines feature BlueMotion Technology with Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems to enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions.
It is packed with the very latest technology, like Active Info Display. Navigation is supported by the optional retractable head-up display that is integrated into the Tiguan’s dashboard and boasts laser-etched texturing.
It comes with a 5 year/90 000km service plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and 12 year anti-corrosion warranty.
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