The Volkswagen Tiguan is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that produces 141bhp of power at 4000rpm and 340Nm of torque at 1750rpm. This engine comes mated to a DSG transmission, which is indeed one of the finest modern day automatic transmission available.
The Tiguan offers multiple drive modes. In the normal setting, the shifts are soft and seamless, and the gearbox is also quick to react to the pedal inputs. In the Eco mode, the upshifts are pretty quick and it coasts once you move your foot off the pedal to deliver a better fuel efficiency figure. In the Sport mode, the throttle response is more alert and the power delivery is direct, while the gearbox extracts every ounce of power by delaying shifts in this mode. Then there is also the off-road mode that allows the driver to tailor things like the throttle and the steering response, while the drivetrain automatically directs power on-demand to the wheels. The off-road mode serves its purpose with ample amount of torque, which is essential when navigating over tricky terrains. The Tiguan also offers snow and ice mode which essentially dulls the throttle response to ensure that traction is not lost due to uneven throttle input.
The Tiguan is a large car that measures well over four-metres in length. But the moment you step in, its large glasshouse offers you ample visibility all around the vehicle, which is particularly helpful when driving within the city. Moreover, the cabin feels airy and does not leave you feeling claustrophobic during long distance commutes.
In a space starved city like Mumbai, parking can be quite some task. Once you find a reasonably large parking space, the Tiguan has the right amount of driver aids, like sensors and a rear camera that will help you park comfortably.