VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN 2.0 NOW IN MALAYSIA – COMPLETE DETAILS – SPECIFICATION – FUEL CONSUMPTION – PRICE
Power and economy. Compactness and space. Civilisation and wilderness. The Tiguan crosses boundaries. It merges the characteristics of a compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) with the design of a genuine sports car. Hardly surprising that the Tiguan is conquering the market with no fewer than two front end designs.
ABOUT THE NAME “TIGUAN”
It’s not an African wind, a desert tribe or anything quite that obscure. The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan’s name is nothing more than a made-up crossbreed between a tiger and an iguana. And although this might suggest that the Tiguan is powerful, exotic and good at catching flies, it’s actually, well, not.
Instead, the Tiguan is your typical compact sport-utility — inoffensive, affordable and designed mainly for tooling around the city. And it’s good at it, thanks to a supple ride, compact dimensions and a solid chassis that feels far more substantial than most mini-utes in its class.
Touareg-like styling doesn’t hurt either, and the interior is nicely done as well. In fact, other than its ridiculous name, there’s little reason to be wary of the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan.
Built on the same chassis as the Volkswagen Rabbit and Volkswagen GTI, the 2009 VW Tiguan has an equally friendly size. It stands nearly as tall as a Honda CR-V, but the Tiguan is shorter nose to tail and slightly narrower. There’s seating for five, and no optional third-row seating is available.
To keep the Tiguan from looking like a four-door Rabbit with a lift kit, Volkswagen has given it a styling theme similar to the midsize Volkswagen Touareg sport-utility. It works well, as the Tiguan looks tougher than a Honda CR-V and more expensive than a Toyota RAV4.
European customers will be able to butch up this VW a little by ordering the off-road model, which adds an aggressive front bumper treatment and some features that are specific to off-roading like hill-descent control. The U.S. model has been designed for the street, however, so it gets a deep front airdam that makes it look more like an Audi Q7.
The 2.0T Turbo charged engine on Tiguan
We won’t get as many options under the hood, either. If fact, there will be no options at all, since Volkswagen’s familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 will be the only engine for the U.S.-bound Tiguan. It will have roughly the same power rating as the version used in the GTI, so expect around 200 horsepower and 208 pound-feet of torque.
Stick with front-wheel drive and you’ll be able to choose between a manual and automatic transmission, both six-speeds. Adding 4Motion all-wheel drive limits you to the automatic transmission only.
A 2.0-liter diesel engine is said to be a good possibility later on for the U.S., but don’t count on it. Unlike the Jetta sedan that will offer one of Volkswagen’s TDI engines in 2008, the heavier Tiguan will likely require additional emissions-treatment hardware to make it legal in all 50 states. Such hardware isn’t cheap and neither is the TDI engine itself, a factor that makes the whole setup out of question for the Tiguan’s price-sensitive market.
Big on performance. Gentle to the environment
The Tiguan is the world’s first SUV on the market fitted exclusively with the turbocharged TSI engine. At the same time, the new generation of petrol engines is characterised by extra power, reduced consumption and lower emissions.
The Right Engine for the Job
If the TDI fails to show, it won’t hurt the Tiguan much. As well matched as the torque-rich diesel is to the Tiguan’s purpose, the 2.0-liter gas engine should work just as well. We say “should” because we weren’t able to drive any Tiguans with the 2.0T during our test in Budapest, Hungary. Instead we spent most of the time sampling Volkswagen’s 1.4-liter Twincharger (TSI) engine, an interesting new power plant that will be offered only in Europe.
The inline-4 uses both a supercharger and a turbocharger to generate 150 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. These are good numbers for such a small-displacement engine, and enough power to get the Tiguan up to speed at a reasonable pace using the six-speed manual transmission. With another 50 hp and 30 lb-ft of torque available from turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4, the U.S.-specification Tiguan should have no trouble keeping up with the Honda CR-V.
Feels Heavy, Only It’s Not
One reason the Tiguan should feel fine with the 2.0T is the fairly lightweight chassis. With a listed curb weight of 3,505 pounds, the Tiguan tips the scales about 20 pounds lighter than the CR-V.
This VW doesn’t feel lightweight and skittish on the road, however. What little weight there is seems concentrated within the wheelbase, as the Tiguan’s body remains poised through corners while the tires remain firmly planted on the pavement. Most compact SUVs skate over rough surfaces, but the Tiguan pounds its way through while tracking steadily.
The independent front suspension combines wishbone-type control arms and MacPherson struts mounted on a stout aluminum subframe, while the independent rear suspension features a four-link setup borrowed from the all-wheel-drive VW Passat. To add an extra measure of durability for rough road use, there’s high-strength steel in the frame plus heavy-duty dampers.
The Tiguan’s electromechanical-assisted steering does a decent job of imitating a traditional hydraulic setup, as the assist starts soft and builds to a moderate amount of effort that won’t tax even the skinniest of arms. There’s not much effort needed for the brake pedal either, as it delivers plenty of stopping power with a modest push.
PRICE OF VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN 2.0 MALAYSIA
Version 147 kW (200 PS) TSI
Nett selling price – Peninsular Malaysia RM 249,888.00
Nett selling price – Sarawak RM 252,888.00
FUEL CONSUMPTION VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN 2.0 MALAYSIA
Fuel consumption, litres/100 km 1
Fuel grade: Premium unleaded, min. 95 RON
Urban : 13.5 litres/100 km
Extra-urban : 7.7 litres/100 km
Combined : 9.9 litres/100 km
CO2 emission combined, g/km : 234