Spinning up quickly on boost, the Tiguan 2.0 TSI suffers only little turbo lag, and by as early as 1,700rpm has available its full complement of torque to muscularly under-write a build up to maximum power, which occurs just 100rpm after the peak torque band. Versatile and responsive in its broad mid-range, the Tiguan is a comfortable and confident driving car, and carries its self well on inclines and when overtaking. To make smooth and swift progress on winding roads, one is better off setting the smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic gearbox to its more sensitive sport setting or manually shift gear to keep revs up in the sweet spot.
Driving much more like a car than SUV, the Tiguan is smooth, comfortable and with good stability on the highway, while in town is compact and manoeuvrable. With a somewhat short wheel base and higher ride height, strong crosswinds at high speed can be slightly felt, while through corners the Tiguan's body is composed but leans more than its lower riding VW car siblings. High riding, the Tiguan can also handle provincial roads' many cracks and bumps with ease, but on highly choppy roads one will get jostled up and down slightly. A pleasant drive all things considered, the Tiguan also benefits from a quick ratio and light steering, which while precise could do with more road texture feedback.
Driving like a smaller car through corners, the Tiguan feels agile and willing through tight corners. With its front-biased weighing the Tiguan does under-steer if pushed a bit hard, to which its four-wheel-drive system sends more power rearwards while the stability controls then cut power. Through a tight corner taken slightly briskly, or on gravelly tracks -- as demonstrated during the initial 2008 launch event when it was driven on a grueling Jordan Rally stage -- this change between slight under-steer to a slight rear flick out can be fun to utilise to get around tight corners briskly.
Engine: 2-litre, transverse mounted, cast iron / aluminium turbocharged 4-cylinders
Bore x stroke: 82.5 x 92.8mm
Valve-train: 16-Valve, DOHC, variable intake timing
Gearbox: 6-speed auto, four-wheel-drive
Gear ratios: 1st 3.95:; 2nd 2.3:1; 3rd 1.55:1; 4th 1.16:1; 5th 0.86:1; 6th 0.69:1
Reverse / final drive ratios: 3.42:1 / 3.45:1
Power, BHP (kW): 200 (147) @ 5100rpm
Specific power: 100.8BHP/litre
Torque lb/ft (Nm): 207 (280) @ 1700-5000rpm
Specific torque: 141.1Nm/litre
0-100 km/h: 8.5 seconds
Maximum speed: 207 km/h
Fuel consumption, combined: 9.9 litres / 100 km
Fuel capacity: 63.5-litres
Track, F/R: 1569 / 1571mm
Minimum ground clearance: 175mm
Kerb weight: 1629kg
Aerodynamic drag co-efficient: 0.37
Headroom, F/R: 992 / 991mm
Shoulder room, F/R: 1428 / 1397mm
Legroom, F/R: 1018 / 910mm
Luggage capacity, min / max: 470 / 1510-litres
Steering: Electric assistance, rack & pinion
Turning circle: 12-meters
Suspension, F: MacPherson struts, anti-roll bar
Suspension, R: Multi-link, coil springs, dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes, F/R: 312 x 25mm ventilated discs / 282 x 12.7mm discs
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