VW Tiguan R Line TSI 150: Small changes, big effects

Cars and Mobility

In general, updating an existing model is rather anecdotal. In the case of the Tiguan, a number of small changes change the experience on board.


By Stéphane Wamat

And not just on board, by the way. Because the appearance of the Tiguan has also changed. It’s just the front end that has really been changed, but with these new headlights that are more elongated and have a more modern look, the whole “stance” of the Tiguan is changed. It’s more dynamic when the previous version was more based on the expression of a “beefy all-terrain” character. Nice development.

Where the perception is most different from version to version is on board. At first glance, however, one might think that VW has not done much, as the list of visible innovations is quite short: new multimedia system, new version of the digital dashboard from Digital Cockpit, new multifunction steering wheel, new control panel. The air conditioner.

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Only here do most of these changes have one point in common: the dematerialization of orders. Understand that all physical buttons on the steering wheel, multimedia system and air conditioning have been replaced by tactile surfaces. The interior of the Tiguan suddenly has something radically more modern, technological and therefore more flattering. And be careful, in contrast to what is sometimes found with competitors, digitization was not achieved here at the expense of user-friendliness and ergonomics. It’s rare enough to be stressed out.

However, we don’t notice anything really new along the way. All the better, because there is something new, but it’s about driving aids. And we don’t want to have to review the effectiveness of the new security arsenal. The 1.5 TSi engine in our test is on par with itself: round, available at all speeds, sufficiently powerful, in short, very out of place in an SUV of this category. Don’t we get too wet while driving? That’s right, but aren’t we saying “no news, good news”?
The updated VW Tiguan starts at 31,145 euros.

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The opinion of the eco-expert

The new Tiguan met our expectations perfectly. Our 150 hp petrol version with DSG transmission consumed 6.6 l / 100 km on a mixed route, which is very honorable. , knowing that VW announced an average of 7.2 liters. What really inspires us is a recommendation regarding engine selection: this shows that it is very important not to “underpower” a vehicle as there is a risk of a disproportionate difference between theoretical consumption and cruel reality at the pump. CQFD.

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The opinion of the Lamarche family

“As surprising as it may sound to know that this is the best-selling SUV in Europe, this is our first contact with the Tiguan. So we can’t confirm how much the interior has been modernized, but it’s clearly very timely! On the other hand, we confirm two things: first, that the systems are actually more intuitive than the exaggeratedly digitized ones of the PSA Group’s competitors, and second, that this new Tiguan is aesthetically more to our liking than the one we meet. on the streets today. What about the family aspects? The Tiguan was developed for families, is spacious, has a large trunk and meets all requirements. “”

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Technical specifications

L / l / h (mm): 4,511 / 1,859 / 1,675 – 5 places – 1,541 kg – 4 cyl. 1.5 liter turbo gasoline – Power: 150 PS – Torque: 250 Nm – WLTP consumption: 7.26 l / 100 km – WLTP CO2: 165 g / km – Price: 47,890 euros including statutory

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