There is a range of petrol and diesel engines that the Tiguan is available with in the global market. We drove the one that is relevant to India – a diesel with DSG transmission; this one, for now, has the 4MOTION AWD as standard. The engine produces 147bhp that is sent mainly to the front wheels via the seven-speed transmission. Only when the car senses loss of traction, does the system power the rear wheels. The 4MOTION can be controlled though the rotary dial near the gear lever – the options include road, snow, off-road and off-road individual.
The power is sufficient, plus the first four gears are short, so getting to triple digit speeds is very easy. The DSG gearbox is as quick as ever, it drops gears the moment you use the paddle. Also, leave it on auto and the shifts are super smooth.
The Tiguan drives like a car – there is hardly any body roll and SUV holds through corners very well. However, the ride quality of the car we drove was extremely harsh – we expect the engineers to make the suspension a lot softer on the version which will be launched in India. There is no feedback on the steering but is precise.
With the AWD and 200mm ground clearance, the Tiguan has everything to make life easy on the Indian roads. Of course, it isn’t a proper off roader, but it won’t do too badly on the country roads and during small excursions.