Volkswagen brought the Tiguan to the compact crossover market back for the 2007 model year, and since then it has been rather successful with more than 2.64 million units sold. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the all-new Tiguan was catching eyes like crazy as consumers were waiting for the 2016 Tiguan to hit the market. Highlights of the new model include more aggressive styling outside with a more dominate front fascia, and a slimmed down grille that fills the gap between both headlights. The side profile is more uniform, and overall the Tiguan is actually a bit larger than the outgoing model. Inside, the Tiguan received a digital gauge cluster and new infotainment software that brought Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the mix. It even comes standard with safety features like City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring.

Competing against models like the Mazda CX-5 and the Toyota Rav4, the Tiguan makes use of VW’s new MQB platform that is used on models like the 2016 Volkswagen Golf and the 2016 Audi TT, to name a couple. The biggest benefit of the MQB platform is the ability for it to be modified as needed for a specific market. For instance, the U.S and Chinese-spec Tiguans have a longer wheelbase, while European models are just a bit shorter. It seems a little odd in saying it, but the truth is that the Tiguan is rather versatile, and the MQB platform is a perfect fit.

With that said, check out our full review below to learn about all the details surrounding the new Tiguan.

Updated 09/14/2015: The new Volkswagen Tiguan made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan.


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The Tiguan’s new looks are more streamlined and upscale, with a wider stance by 1.2 inches and a chopped roof that lowers the SUV’s height by 1.3 inches. At 176.6 inches, the new Tiguan is 2.4 inches longer than before, offering more interior room for both rows. Each trim line can be had with an optional off-road front bumper that improves the approach angle from 18.3 to 25.6 degrees. 4Motion AWD models ride 0.4-inches higher than FWD models, totaling of 7.9 inches of ground clearance.

Subjectively, the Tiguan adopts an appearance more becoming on an Audi. Comparing the new Tiguan with the first generation, you see the chopped roofline, taller beltline, and lower stance. Even without the R-Line option, the Tiguan looks far more menacing than before. Speaking of the R-Line, the sporty trim comes standard with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels while 20-inch alloys are optional. The R-Line also gets its own bumpers with gloss black accents, a matching rear diffuser, and a two-tone roof spoiler.

Beyond the high-performance R-Line, the European-spec Tiguan will come in three other trim levels: Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline. There is also the GTE plug-in Hybrid concept shown at Frankfurt.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,426 - 4,519 MM (174.25 - 177.91 Inches)
Width 1,809 - 2.041 MM (71.22 - 80.35 Inches)
Height 1,665 - 1,703 MM (65.55 - 67.04 Inches)
Length with towing bracket (maximum length) 4,519 MM (177.91 Inches)
Width with door mirrors 2,041 MM (80.35 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,604 MM (102.51 Inches)

Side-by-side comparison

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Like the outside, the 2016 Tiguan’s interior has grown up. A richer, more high-end environment looks a badge change away from being an Audi. Upgraded materials and an entirely new layout give the crossover more functionality and style. Lower trim levels come fitted with analog gauges and a five-inch infotainment system while the high-ranging models come with a fully digital, 12.3-inch gauge cluster and an eight-inch infotainment system head unit.

Thanks to the larger exterior, the cabin now an inch longer, giving second row passengers 1.1 inches more knee room. Cargo capacity increases as well, jumping from 16.6 to 18.4 inches. For those times when people and cargo must be carried together, the second row bench can be slid forward 7.1 inches, increasing the cargo area to 21.8 cubic feet. With the second row folded, the Tiguan can swallow 58.5 cubic feet of cargo.


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Volkswagen isn’t shorting Europeans on engine options; there are a total of eight choices. All the engines are Euro-6 compliant and feature turbocharging, direct fuel injection, and a start-stop system. That means the new Tiguan is up to 10 percent more fuel efferent than before. There are four TSI gasoline engines and four TDI turbodiesel options. All but the base engines are offered with AWD as an option, or as standard equipment, depending on trim level.

All the engines are Euro-6 compliant and feature turbocharging, direct fuel injection, and a start-stop system.

The TSI gasoline power ratings range from 123 to an impressive 216 horsepower. The highest spec comes from VW’s new 2.0-liter TSI engine. That far out powers VW’s last high-performance 2.0-liter TSI in the first generation Tiguan that made 148 horsepower.

Diesel power is up as well, with the highest spec oil-burner kicking out 237 horsepower thanks to twin turbos and a 36,000-psi fuel injection system. That output, according to VW, makes the 2.0-liter TDI Tiguan one of the most powerful A-SUV segment competitors in Europe. The lesser TDI engines range in output from 113 to 187 horsepower.

Getting that power to the road is the fifth-generation Haldex center differential. The system routes power to the front wheels during normal operation, but can distribute torque individually to each wheel if slippage occurs. Helping the center differential are electronic locks on both the front and rear differentials.

A new push button and rotary dial is used for the 4Motion AWD system. It has modes for normal, snow, automatic off-road, and individual off-road conditions. When switching between modes, information appears about each selection on the infotainment display.


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Volkswagen has paid a lot of attention to the Tiguan’s active and passive safety systems. For passengers inside, the Tiguan has seven airbags that include a driver’s knee airbag, side curtain and seat-mounted side airbags, and of course the main driver and front passenger airbags. Helping keep the Tiguan from getting into a crash are the City Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist, and Lane Departure Warning systems. If the worst occurs, the Tiguan will automatically apply its brakes to prevent the vehicle from rolling and potentially causing another accident.

For those on the outside of the Tiguan, VW’s new crossover comes standard with pedestrian safety system that is designed to prevent undue head trauma. The system works like an airbag, but pyrotechnically pushing the hood upward, moving it toward the pedestrian’s head. This increases the distance between their head and the engine. The relatively softer hood basically acts as a cushion.


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Volkswagen has not released pricing at this point, but costs are expected to rise over the outgoing model. Currently the U.S.-spec 2015 Tiguan has a starting price of $24,890. Once the Tiguan reaches the U.S. in 2017, prices could begin around the $26,500 mark.


2013 Toyota RAV4

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The Toyota RAV4 is still a powerhouse in the sales arena, and still one of the most attractive crossover in the market. Thus, with a recent realignment to be a five-seater and four-banger exclusively, and leaving the seven-seater V-6 market to the larger Highlander, a new day arrived for the RAV4

The RAV4 shares its size and market with the Volkswagen Tiguan, even if the latter has the slight step up over the RAV4 in terms of its output. Pricing for both models also fall between the $23,000 to $28,000 depending on the trim you choose, so really, the RAV4 and the Tiguan ultimately falls as a matter of preference for the buyer.

Read our full review here.

2016 Mazda CX-5

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If sportiness is one of your biggest needs, the Mazda CX-5 has the freshness and dynamic character to fit nicely in your garage. A more powerful optional engine cuts the original CX-5’s sprint times very nicely and as far as looks are concerned, an argument can be made that there aren’t a lot of crossovers that look as good as the CX-5 does. The new Ford Escape can make a case although it remains to be seen if the Tiguan can do so, too.

Also, the CX-5 also possesses another trump card up its sleeve: fuel efficiency where its 36 mpg rating is the best of any crossover.

Read our full review here.


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The Volskwagen Tiguan made its debut in concept guise at the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show before showing its production look less than a year later at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, the Tiguan has crafted a reputation as a sporty crossover that owes some of its heritage to Volkswagen’s GTI line, a testament to the Tiguan’s sporty looks, impressive output, and all-around versatility.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why the Tiguan is named as such, the name was chosen after winning a naming contest in Autobild magazine, beating the likes of Namib, Rockton, Liger, Samun and Nanuk.


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The new Tiguan is much more revolutionary than evolutionary. The crossover grows, offers more powertrain options, rides on an all-new platform, and has a more mature appearance. None of those things are negative as Volkswagen seeks to dominate the compact crossover segment over the entire globe. With both gasoline and diesel options, along with FWD and AWD, the new Tiguan should appeal to a very wide audience in each of its markets. Now we just have to wait for the lengthened version to debut next fall for the U.S. and China.

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Updated History

Update 07/14/2015: The 2015 VW Tiguan was recently spied testing in the Alps with a production body.

Spy shots

July 10, 2015 - Volkswagen Tiguan testing in the Alps

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February 19, 2014 - First testing session

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There’s another part about these spy shots that are giving us issues. The rear end is a little flat for a crossover, and certainly a lot more than the current Tiguan that’s available today. With that also shows a rear bumper that’s lower than usual, which is another strange sight on these spy shots.

We’re not prepared to be completely disappointed by what we’re seeing here, but based on this Tiguan mule, we at least should prepare ourselves for a next-generation model that will be drastically different in dimensions and proportions to what we have today.

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Press Release

After selling over 2.64 million of the first generation Tiguan SUV, Volkswagen is showing the newly developed European Tiguan at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. In this case, "new" means completely new, a revolution instead of an evolution. The second generation Tiguan is the first Volkswagen Group SUV whose design is based off the forward-looking MQB platform.

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On-road, off-road and plug-in hybrid

Volkswagen is showing four versions of the new Tiguan simultaneously at Frankfurt. The production versions are the very sporty Tiguan R-Line®, the classic on-road model and a special off-road version. Meanwhile, the Tiguan GTE concept vehicle that has a 160 kW/218 PS plug-in hybrid drivetrain shows how the best-selling compact SUV could further develop. The Tiguan GTE is equipped with a solar module that generates renewable electricity that is fed into the battery, enabling up to 1,000 additional kilometres of zero emissions electric driving.

A-SUV segment is booming

According to Volkswagen forecasts, the A-SUV segment will increase its global sales from 8.17 million today to more than 8.93 million units by 2018, which represents 9 per cent growth. The new Tiguan is optimally tailored for the requirements in this market segment. Perfectly thought out from the first to the last millimetre, it appeals to millions of car drivers and their families as a spacious and flexible companion for their everyday business and personal lives – an all-round vehicle of a new era.

The first generation Tiguan launched at the end of 2007 and to date, more than 2.64 million units have been produced. Even though the next generation is ready to take over, Volkswagen earned first place in SUV new vehicle registrations in Germany once again in July 2015 – just as it did in the previous months and years. The general trend of rapid growth in the A-SUV segment is reflected par excellence in this model series. In 2014, more than 500,000 Tiguans were produced, which was 9 per cent more than in the prior year.

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Product offensive – Volkswagen SUVs in all classes

For Volkswagen, the new Tiguan marks the beginning of an SUV product offensive. In upcoming years, the brand will be launching other innovative SUVs that are tailored to specific markets in a wide variety of segments worldwide. Volkswagen will be extending the range of SUV vehicles it offers, especially in the U.S. Forecasts indicate that the SUV share will also increase significantly in China and that additional SUV growth will also occur in Europe. Unlike in Europe, drivers in the U.S. and China prefer versions with a longer wheelbase, which is the reason the new Tiguan was systematically developed for two different wheelbases from the start. The "long" Tiguan will be introduced to specific markets starting in the Fall of 2016.

"The Compact SUV."

The MQB architecture improves all aspects of the Tiguan. The proportions of the latest Volkswagen SUV are even sportier, the design is truly charismatic, and the vehicle’s weight was reduced by more than 110 pounds compared to the previous model. A gigantic leap forward has been made in terms of the vehicle’s interior and trunk space: the capacity of the trunk has increased by 1.8 cubic feet, to 18.4 cu ft, and the load space can be enlarged to 21.8 cu ft by sliding the rear bench seat forward, by up to 7.1 inches. When the rear seat is folded, the cargo capacity is 58.5 cu ft, a gain of 5.1 cu ft.

The engines are more efficient as well. A broad range of eight engines are offered, ranging in output from 92 kW / 125 PS to 176 kW / 240 PS. The engines are more powerful, yet they are up to 24 per cent more fuel-efficient than the Euro 5 engines in the previous model. The new 4MOTION® Active Control system also makes it easier than ever to adapt the all-wheel drive to all possible conditions. The Tiguan is now designed to tow loads up to 5,512 pounds.

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The new Tiguan has class leading connectivity and driver assistance features. The assistance systems include standard Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Connectivity services include automatic accident notification, online traffic and parking space information, and a vehicle status report, while App-Connect integrates all current smartphone platforms with the infotainment system.

The result is a Tiguan which extensively redefines the A-SUV segment. It’s an SUV that satisfies all expectations – both on-road and off-road.

Safety plus

New features include a pyrotechnically activated mechanism – similar to an airbag – integrated in the hood. This mechanism raises the hood as soon as a person comes into contact with it in a crash. This increases the gap between the hard engine and the relatively soft bonnet and thereby reduces the intensity of dangerous head injuries.

Among the new Tiguan’s safety features, are the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, the Front Assist ambient monitoring system including City Emergency Braking and – a new feature – Pedestrian Monitoring as standard. If the radar-based Front Assist of the Tiguan detects a person walking into the road, the system warns the driver. In a second step, it brakes the car. The new Tiguan is also equipped with Lane Assist as standard. This camera-based assistance system warns and automatically countersteers if the driver begins to unintentionally depart from the driving lane without activating a turn indicator.

Exterior design

The new, larger dimensions and proportions elevate the Tiguan from the previous model. At 176.6 inches in length, the new model is 2.4 in longer, and its wheelbase has been increased by 3.0 in to 105.6 in. The new vehicle is 72.4 in wide, which is 1.2 in more than before. Meanwhile, its height was reduced by 1.3 in to 64.3 in on the base, front-wheel-drive model. The coefficient of drag of the new Tiguan was reduced to 0.31 as well, thanks to numerous aerodynamic improvements, such as the door mirrors that were perfected in wind tunnel testing and airflow simulations: this has resulted in a 40 per cent reduction in overall air drag losses on the body.

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The front end of the new Tiguan has a significantly wider stance. This is attributable to an actual increase in physical width plus the visual effect of the horizontally aligned radiator grille and headlights. The Tiguan is the first Volkswagen SUV to be equipped with dual LED headlights. Above the headlights, a chrome strip runs across the front of the car. Above the radiator grille and the headlights, the V-shaped hood shoots toward the windshield.

The vehicle’s side profile is extremely distinctive. The waistline is higher compared with the previous model, which emphasises the SUV style. The character line is also higher and extends over the entire silhouette. The door handles are seamlessly positioned in this line. Beneath the upper line, a horizontal surface follows as a break, and then there is the second character line. Designers talk of a "line dialogue" here. The lower of these lines emphasizes the flared, powerful looking wheelarches and the shoulder section.

In contrast to the previous model, the area above the character line is a flatter and has a more elegant band of side windows. This band extends into the dynamically angled D-pillars. The lowest section of the body is an anthracite-coloured area that wraps around the vehicle; the same colour is used for the rugged plastic trim around the wheelarches. A chrome trim strip separates the body colour surfaces and the anthracite cladding. This chrome accent is continued at the rear.

The lateral character line becomes a defining rear element above the rear lights. The line defines the upper border of the standard LED rear lights that have a sharp horizontal cut. This cut is continued as a line between the rear lights and forms a trailing edge that is important aerodynamically. The tailgate opening was increased compared to the previous model, too. The lower part of the tail features an anthracite-coloured area and an aluminium-look diffuser that is integrated with the chrome-plated trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes.


The completely redesigned interior of the Tiguan has a decidedly sporty yet typically SUV character. The central elements are the instrument cluster (available as the digital Active Info Display) and the infotainment system that is positioned high in the centre stack and angled toward the driver. The dash panel and centre console form a single unit. The centre console itself is dominated by an array of buttons that are laid out around the gear lever. As on the exterior, the designers also systematically applied the "form follows function" principle and create a cockpit style atmosphere. The designers also emphasised the SUV nature of the interior in their choice of surface textures.

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Thanks to clever packaging, seating space has been significantly improved in the new Tiguan, which has 1.0 in more interior length. Three passengers in the rear seating area, for instance, have 1.1 in more knee room. The size of the luggage compartment has also increased. At 18.4 cubic feet, the cargo capacity of the new model has increased by 1.8 cu ft (with five persons on-board). In addition, the rear bench seat is asymmetrically split and adjustable longitudinally. The reclining angle of the seat backrest can also be adjusted. The cargo area can be enlarged to 21.8 cu ft by sliding the rear bench seat forward (by up to 7.1 inches). When the rear bench is folded, this results in a volume of 58.5 cu ft. If necessary, the backrest of the front passenger seat can be folded fully forward for stowing very long items. Last but not least, it is now even easier to load the Tiguan, because the load sill has been lowered further.

An electronic marvel

The new Tiguan is one of the world’s most advanced compact SUVs, featuring an impressive array of innovations. First, there are technologies like the 12.3-inch Active Info display (interactive, fully digital main instruments with five information profiles) and the head-up display that is being offered for the first time in a Volkswagen SUV. Second, the vehicle’s safety, convenience and connectivity have been taken to a new level by an array of driver assistance and infotainment systems.

Even the base Trendline model has a number of advanced standard features. These include Front Assist that features City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring as well as the active hood and the Lane Assist lane departure warning system. In addition, the safety equipment is completed by a network of seven airbags, including a knee airbag on the driver’s side, and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System; it helps to avoid secondary collisions. Comfortline mid-level trims have the Driver Alert System as standard.

The top Highline trim is also equipped with adaptive cruise control (ACC), which utilizes radar to accelerate or brake the Tiguan and thus always maintain the correct distance to traffic ahead. If the SUV is equipped with DSG® in addition to ACC, it automatically handles stop-and-go traffic as well (traffic jam assist). Other Tiguan driver assistance systems include the optional Side Assist (lane-changing assistant), Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection (detects elevated collision potential, tensions the front seatbelts to preventively restrain the driver and front passenger and closes open windows and the sunroof to just a small gap), Emergency Assist (recognises if the driver is no longer responsive and brakes the car to a stop) and Area View (360 degree all-round view using four cameras that is especially useful off-road).

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Comfort and convenience

The new Tiguan has a new three-zone automatic climate control system, called Pure Air Climatronic®. The technology, which is unique and so far only used by Volkswagen, keeps air quality at a consistently high level thanks to its air quality sensor and active biogenic filter, preventing pollutants from entering the car – from mold spores to allergens.

Fully redesigned seats have optional electric adjustment, while the available Smart Comfort Seats automatically travel downward and back to make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle when the ignition is turned off. In addition, the new ergoActive seat includes electric 4-way lumbar support and massage function.

Making trips long and short even more pleasant, the Tiguan has one of the largest panoramic sunroofs in the class (34.3 by 53.7 inches), which also features integrated ambient lighting. Other new comfort and convenience features include Easy Open / Easy Close (automatic opening or closing of the tailgate in response to a specific foot movement behind the Tiguan), a heatable steering wheel, and Volkswagen’s variable ratio electromechanical progressive steering.

Infotainment and connectivity

The Trendline trim is equipped with the Composition Touch radio system (5.0-inch monochrome touchscreen) as standard. The Tiguan Comfortline and Highline get the Composition Colour radio system (5.0-inch colour touchscreen) at no extra charge. The Composition Media radio system (8.0-inch colour touchscreen) is also available. Other options are the Discover Media and Discover Pro radio-navigation systems (both have 8.0-inch displays). All of these systems are part of the second generation modular infotainment matrix (MIB II).

MIB II creates seamless connectivity with today’s Apple and Android smartphones via App Connect. In addition to MirrorLink®, App Connect also integrates Apple CarPlay® and Google Android Auto™ into the infotainment systems. The Media Control app makes Volkswagen one of the first automakers to also offer an interface to the infotainment system for tablets. Volkswagen also offers a number of online services. Guide & Inform lets users access services such as latest traffic warnings, information on available parking spaces in nearby car parks (number of spaces and address) and information on filling stations (fuel prices and addresses). For the first time, Volkswagen is also offering Security & Service, which can be used to request assistance from the vehicle via a call centre. Some of the features integrated here are online road service call, automatic accident notification, service scheduling (to arrange maintenance appointments for the Tiguan with the service centre) and requesting the vehicle status report. Depending on the package that is selected, it may also be possible to use a smartphone to request vehicle status or parking location or activate the parking heater function.

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The smartphone itself can be placed conveniently in a newly designed and innovative interface box. The highlight here is that the phone can be charged and coupled to the vehicle’s outside antenna inductively.


There are a total of eight Euro-6 compliant engines, all of which have turbocharging, direct injection, a stop-start system and battery regeneration as standard. The four TSI® gasoline engines produce 92 kW / 125 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS, 132 kW / 180 PS and 162 kW / 220 PS. The four TDI® diesel engines produce 85 kW / 115 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS, 140 kW / 190 PS and 176 kW / 240 PS. The base engines of the new Tiguan are launched with front-wheel drive, but all of the other engines are available with all-wheel drive either as an option or as standard. Compared to the previous model with Euro-5 engines, the four-cylinder engines in the new Tiguan are up to 24 per cent more fuel-efficient. Compared to previous Tiguans with Euro-6 engines, there is up to 10 percent better fuel efficiency.

Not only are the engines more efficient, they are also more powerful. The highest powered TSI engine previously made 150 PS in Europe, but now has two 2.0-litre engines with 180 and 220 PS. With the diesel engines, the most powerful TDI used to make 184 PS. This engine now makes 190 PS, but the top engine is the newly engineered 240-PS unit with twin turbos charging and 2,500 bar of injection pressure. With 88 kW / 120 PS per litre of displacement, the 2.0 TDI has one of the highest specific power outputs in the A-SUV segment.

4MOTION all-wheel drive

Volkswagen offers the highly efficient 4MOTION all-wheel drive system in the new Tiguan, either as an option or as standard, depending on the chosen engine. Ground clearance of all Tiguan 4MOTION versions is 0.4 inches higher, at 7.9 inches. In addition, the Tiguan can be ordered with a special off-road front end package that allows for an approach angle is 25.6 instead of 18.3 degrees. The departure angle at the rear is 24.7 degrees for all versions, as is the ramp angle. Specially developed for the new Tiguan is 4MOTION Active Control – an off-road switch with four different modes. Regardless of whether the vehicle has an on-road or off-road front end design, the new Tiguan is engineered for towing more than 5,500 pounds.

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The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system uses a fifth-generation Haldex® coupling that actively distributes torque to all four wheels before slip occurs. In normal driving, only the front wheels are driven, saving fuel. But as soon as there is a risk of losing traction, the rear axle is variably engaged within fractions of a second. Along with the Haldex coupling, the electronic differential locks (EDS) integrated in the electronic stability control (ESC) system act as a transverse lock for all four wheels.

The rotary/pushbutton switch for the new 4MOTION Active Control is located on the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and various popup menus. When the driver turns the switch to the left, one of the Onroad or Snow profiles can be activated for on-road driving. When the driver pushes the switch in one of these modes, a popup menu appears on the infotainment system’s touchscreen, showing the driving profile selection with five profiles. When the switch is turned to the right, the driver can select one of the two off-road profiles: Offroad (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or Offroad Individual (variable settings). Here too, pressing the switch opens another menu level. When driving off-road, 4MOTION Active Control lets drivers switch the assistance systems in just seconds.

Trim lines and packages

The new Tiguan will be available in the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline equipment lines in Europe. All versions may be ordered with an off-road front end as an alternative. The Tiguan Comfortline and Tiguan Highline feature a sporty look with the ’normal’ front end. The new R-Line packages make the SUV look even more dynamic. The Comfortline and Highline may also be ordered with the Design package or in the Exclusive equipment specification.

The R-Line packages can be ordered as either a total package of exterior and interior features or an alternative exterior package. On the exterior, the R-Line features "Sebring" 19-inch aluminium-alloy wheels or optional 20-inch "Suzuka" alloys. Previously, Tiguans could only have rims up to 19 inches in diameter.

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Except for the wheelarches, all other anthracite body surfaces are painted in body colour, including the exclusive door trims which have the same visual effect as side sill extensions. The exterior design is finished by R-Line bumpers that have gloss black aerodynamic accents, a two-tone roof spoiler and a gloss black rear diffuser. The interior features R-Line seats (cloth and microfiber seat upholstery, optional "Vienna" leather upholstery), aluminium door sill guards with the R-Line logo that can be optionally illuminated, decorative stitching in Crystal Grey, special trim accents, stainless steel pedal caps and footrest, black headliner and a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel with the R-Line logo.

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