Panoramic Power Sunroof, Navigation, Front Assist – Autonomous Emergency Braking for Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert and Lane-Keeping System, Rearview Camera, Automatic High-Beam Control, Android Auto /Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, 40/20/40 Split-Folding Rear Seats, Heated Two-tone Wizard Blue & Titan Black Leatherette Seats, Hatch Top Spoiler, Aluminum Door Sills with “IQ” Logo, Terrain Modes (Snow Mode, On-Road Mode, Off-Road Mode, and Off-Road Custom), 17” Dublin Alloy Wheels, 2.0 TSI 184 HP Engine, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with Tiptronic 4MOTION, Balance of Factory Warranty and ONLY 5,944 Km
With all the compact SUVs from which to choose, one might wonder what the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan has over the competition. Well, to start with there’s that marvelous German ride and handling only a VW can offer, as well as an ample dose of high-tech wizardry borrowed from the Audi division.
VW’s 2020 Tiguan’s excellent steering and pedal response — expected attributes of any VW — contribute to an overall driving feel that’s among the best in the segment. Highway ride is firmer than that of some other small compact SUVs, but excellent seats, a quiet cabin and superior steering feel qualify the new Tiguan as an excellent long-haul companion. Although the Tiguan is a bit longer than most compact SUVs, good outward visibility and a decent turning diameter combine to make it a breeze in parking lots.
Always a strong point in VW cars and SUVS, the interior of the 2020 VW Tiguan compact SUV excels in design, execution and quality of materials. The seats are firm yet supportive on long trips. There are clever storage areas galore, including in the doors, dash and beneath the large center armrest. The handsome dash contains a large touch-screen infotainment setup and a cool digital instrument cluster.
In back, the 2nd-row seat slides and reclines, divided in a 40/20/40-split for maximum versatility.
VOLKSWAGEN DIGITAL COCKPIT
One of the coolest features offered on the Tiguan compact SUV is its fully digital instrument cluster. Similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, the cluster simulates an analog speedometer and tachometer, plus displays readouts for various functions and even a map for the navigation system.
APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID AUTO
With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can integrate the best features of your smartphone with the Tiguan’s infotainment system. Whether using Google Maps, streaming audio from your favorite music app or just having text messages read aloud so you can respond in kind, this feature will always have your car’s infotainment system up to date with the latest smartphone technology.
The Tiguan arrives with a 2.0-litre turbo-four making 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. It drives all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The combination works well; there’s minimal turbo lag off the line and the transmission is quick to shift when Sport mode is engaged. Another plus is the Tiguan’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, which uses an electro-hydraulic coupling to send power where it’s needed at the right time. Under normal driving conditions, it sends 90 per cent of the power to the front wheels and 10 to the rear. However, as it’s constantly monitoring for the first signs of slippage, it redirects the power quickly to the wheels with the best grip.
THE VERDICT: Volkswagen’s Tiguan has been around for quite a while, and it still remains one of my top picks in the compact sport-ute category. It’s essentially unchanged for 2020 – save for some minor tweaks to its features list – but if it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it.
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