At Volkswagen, the Tiguan is the boss. It is even ahead of the Golf in terms of sales figures as it is the brand’s best-selling vehicle in the world. Suffice to say that as small as this restyling, the stakes are high. Will he remain the boss of the category? Here are the first answers with the test of this 2.0-liter TDI 150 horsepower version.
The best-selling SUV in Europe, the best-selling Volkswagen model in the world and the most popular engine among the French… The Tiguan being tested today is really the boss of the bosses. It is for this obvious reason that the German group is going slowly: the restyling is light because touching a bestseller is risky. This can sometimes pay off as with the very last Peugeot 208, but it can also change customer habits and risk disappointing them. The idea is therefore to give it a younger face, while preserving its identity in order to remain in the top 10 of the best-selling SUVs in the world.
If you found the very recent Peugeot 3008 restyling to be really superficial, chances are you won’t even notice a change on this vintage 2020 Tiguan. Volkswagen was content to equip it with optical units similar to those of the Golf 8, a succinctly redesigned bumper and an enlarged grille. Enough to rejuvenate her face anyway and give it a slightly more sporty look. The Tiguan has never been the most demonstrative when it comes to looks and that obviously won’t change anytime soon. However, it must be recognized that these changes bring a bit of technology with them.
As with more and more manufacturers, the name of the model is no longer written on the lower right corner of the tailgate, but in the middle of the trunk under the brand’s logo.
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More sporty, still practical and welcoming
The new optical units are not satisfied with a new light signature, they also bring the possibility of opting for Matrix LED technology (standard on Elegance or option at 590 euros) and scrolling indicators as standard. found at the bow as at the stern. Speaking of the rear, it changes even less than the front! Only the appearance of LED lights and a “TIGUAN” monogram below the Volkswagen logo are to be noted. These novelties do not hurt, however, especially since our trial version equipped with the R-Line trim level has everything to be as sporty as possible.
Indeed, if this restyling is also marked by the arrival of a supercharged version badged of the famous R and equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder of 320 hp, our R-Line version will be content to try to resemble it. Indeed, a body kit with shiny black elements, 20 inch rims (option at 470 euros), as well as the R logo on the grille and the wings, will illusion for a moment, when it is only a simple four-cylinder Diesel.
The new light signature does not come alone: it also makes it possible to opt for the optional Matrix LED lights available to our test model.
Always trendy and neat inside
The interior also does not undergo any major modification. The welcoming, flexible and practical side of the Tiguan is therefore preserved. We think in particular of the sliding rear seat 2 / 3-1 / 3, to the large trunk which can make the competition pale by going from 520 to 620or even 1655 liters of cargo volume.
As for the “Discover Media” infotainment system, it is now more responsive and therefore more pleasant to use, and it also offers Apple Car Play and Android Auto wireless functionality.
Unfortunately, like the Golf, the Tiguan also began to prefer touch controls for air conditioning. It might sound a bit old-fashioned, but simple dials will always do better.
In addition, the Tiguan is now equipped with a few additional safety features, some of which are standard on the smaller trim, such as collision warning and lane keeping assistance. On the other hand, if you want the full panoply of the semi-autonomous driving system, you will have to put your hand in your pocket to benefit from the adaptive and predictive regulator. Overall, this Tiguan is still well in the game in terms of technology.
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Although a little austere compared to the competition, the interior of this Tiguan has changed slightly, notably with new tactile air conditioning controls.
King of versatility …
For our test, we therefore opted for a model equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI 4-cylinder diesel engine which develops 150 horsepower and 360 Nm of maximum torque, associated with the DSG7 automatic gearbox that we have known for a long time. The model was also equipped with the 4Motion all-wheel drive system. If we omit the four-wheel drive, it is therefore the version that French motorists prefer. In any case, the ones they buy the most.
And I might as well admit it straight away: I think I know why! The versatility of this German SUV is noticeable after just a few kilometers behind the wheel. We note in particular the sobriety of this diesel unit and this in all respects. The performances are relatively acceptable, the stereotype of the diesel unit which slams in all directions is far, and consumption is consistent. By submitting to the game of eco-driving, we do not exceed 7.6 liters / 100 km and even less than 7.0 liters on a less demanding course.
Well known to the vehicles of the Volkswagen group, this engine-gearbox combination is therefore at ease in the restyled Tiguan which offers engine approval worthy of its badge. One small detail remains: the acceleration lacks a bit of responsiveness (in addition to the small latency of the box), except in Sport mode.
The rise in 20 inches of our test model slightly harms the road comfort of this Tiguan, but gives it a touch of sportiness in addition.
… But not the king of character
With Peugeot’s recent move upmarket, the Tiguan has all the more reason to be wary of the restyled 3008. Even if the plug-in hybrid version was less dynamic than the other versions of the French SUV, the Peugeot bestseller has a nice advantage over the Tiguan in terms of sportiness and character. But the German doesn’t care: his thing is versatility. Especially since with a financial extension, you can help it get a bit sportier with the adaptive suspension (1120 euros) or progressive Sport steering (245 euros).
Where the restyled Volkswagen Tiguan hits hard is comfort. Soundproofing is a benchmark in the segment, surely aided by a well-optimized 2.0 TDI so as not to be too present. The movements of the boxes are relatively well contained, without the suspensions being too stiff. However, those looking for a flying carpet will have to refrain from the 20-inch ride, which tends to lead us to believe that the Tiguan has gotten stiffer than it really is. Despite that, by simply using it as a TGV with the semi-autonomous driving options, this Germanic SUV might just be the perfect companion.
Its look is therefore still classic but reflects the versatile and versatile character of this SUV.
Technical characteristics Volkswagen Tiguan (2020)
|Model tested: Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 150 hp R-Line|
|Dimensions L x W x H||4.509 / 1.839 / 1.675 m|
|Minimum trunk volume||520 liters|
|Unloaded weight||1.715 kg|
|Engine displacement||4 cylinder 2.0 liter TDI, Diesel|
|Combined torque||360 Nm at 1,600 rpm|
|0 to 100 km / h||NC|
|Max speed||200 km / h|
|CO2 rate||170 g / km (WLTP)|
|Consumption announced – recorded||6.5 l / 100 km – 7.6 l / 100 km|
|Malus 2020||2205 euros|
|Prices||from 34,210 (model tested: + 56,000 €)|