The new VW Tiguan SUV has arrived in Malaysian showrooms and its price is quite surprising at just RM149,000 for the Comfortline and the Highline is only RM169,000. Using a 1.4L turbocharged direct injection engine mated to a reliable and quick shifting 6-speed wet clutch DSG, this large and roomy SUV produces a healthy 150PS and 250Nm of torque from a low 1300rpm to 3500rpm. With an EEV fuel rating of just 6.7L/100km.
The interior of the Tiguan, which has also been fully redesigned, shows a decidedly sporty and yet conscious SUV character. Fitting into this picture is the consistently driver-oriented concept of the dash panel. The central elements are the instrument cluster and the infotainment system that is positioned high in the centre and is angled toward the driver. Beneath the infotainment system is the sporty centre console with climate controls that is also angled toward the driver.
Typical SUV ruggedness
Designers also emphasised the SUV feeling of the interior in their choice of surface textures and distribution of volumes. The interior is marked by a high level of consistently thought-out ergonomics and intuitive operating structures. Noteworthy is the considerably increased head room at the rear seats, despite the low vehicle body height.
More space in the rear seating area. Thanks to excellent space utilisation, seating space has been significantly improved in the new Tiguan (26 mm more interior length). Three passengers in the rear seating area, for instance, have 29 mm more knee room. The size of the luggage compartment has also increased. The new model offers 145 litres more cargo capacity (up to 615 litres with five persons on-board). In addition, the rear bench seat is asymmetrically split and can be adjusted up to 18 cm longitudinally. The reclining angle of the seat backrest can also be adjusted. When the rear bench is folded, this results in a boot volume of 1,655 litres. Practical: If necessary, the backrest of the front passenger seat can be folded fully forward for stowing very long cargo items. Last but not least, it is now even easier to load the Tiguan, because the load sill has been lowered further.
This new Tiguan has been awarded the top rating of 5-stars by the independent European consumer protection organisation Euro NCAP. The latest generation of the popular SUV passed the demanding NCAP safety tests with top marks, making the Tiguan one of Europe’s safest new cars.
The overall safety rating of five stars is aggregated from the new Tiguan’s results in four sub-sections: occupant protection for adults and children; pedestrian protection; and driver assistance systems. The new Tiguan passed the comprehensive Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) test series with outstanding results – not least thanks to its first-class package of safety features, including optimised vehicle body structure, a highly effective safety belt, seat and airbag combination and innovative driver assistance systems.
A 5-year factory warranty is provided and peace of mind motoring returns to the Volkswagen brand with this new SUV and all their other latest vehicles in showrooms today.