VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN FACELIFT
Overdrive|December 2021
Essentially the Tiguan Allspace, with two less seats and a brand new face
SIMRAN RASTOGI

Type 1,984cc, 4-cyl turbo-petrol

Gearbox 7-speed DSG, AWD

Smooth, sporty, feels quality

Max power 190PS @4,200-6,000rpm

Price ₹38.37 lakh (on road, Mumbai)

Max torque 320Nm @1,500-4,100rpm

Light changes even as far as facelift’s go, expensive

When we first saw the VW Taigun, we thought to ourselves, “Look! A mini-Tiguan!” And while the Taigun certainly plays that part well, especially from the front, and distilling a lot of the qualities of the larger SUV into a smaller package, that statement won’t ring entirely true now. The Volkswagen Tiguan facelift debuts the new global look for Volkswagen cars (sort of a mix between the Golf Mk8, and big daddy SUV, the Touareg) here in India. That aside, look at the Tiguan facelift more as a successor to the Tiguan Allspace 7-seater, which it replaces, than the previous Tiguan 5-seater, considering the Allspace gave us our first taste of a large Volkswagen SUV with the 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine. But all in, the previous VW Tiguan with its 2.0-litre diesel motor was one of our favourite road trip machines, despite its somewhat lacklustre on-paper figures. Can the petrol-powered Tiguan live up?

What’s new?

The second-gen Tiguan debuted internationally in 2016, came to India soon after, and was discontinued in the shift to BSVI in 2020, itself replaced by the Allspace petrol. Life’s come full circle for the Tiguan, and the good news is that on the face of it, the Tiguan is fresh enough to pass offas a new car, with an even more polished look to it now.

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