Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI R-Line Black Edition Review
Closet Golfer

clifford chow
26 Mar 2017

Introduction and Exterior

Aiming higher, VW has increased on space and improved on the performance and quality in this new car

Volkswagen has a new Tiguan. And we are happy to say, that the guys in lab coats down at Wolfsburg, have put plenty of thought in the new one. The Mk2 builds on the new MQB platform, which forms the base for the Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf, and even the bigger Passat.

Aiming higher, VW has increased on space and improved on the performance and quality in this new car. How much good is this new Tiguan? Oneshift’s Clifford Chow finds out.

The rounded styling, which made the previous car blend in with its Japanese and Korean counterparts, makes way for crisp, sharper lines, and it is quite a bit bigger! Front-end styling of the R-Line trimmed version sees an added bit of glossy black trim on the front bumper, beefing up the styling. Side body mouldings are body coloured, while the 1.4 Highline version, gets simpler styling.

Like the Passat we tested recently, there is plenty of sheet metal being pressed, folded and made to look good. The front bonnet features two creases on each side, which flow in parallel, while side styling gets the same double-shouldered styling, presenting additional visual girth, which wrap around the rear of the car, terminating above the tail lamps in similar design language to the Passat. Pretty neat styling, really…

Headlamp assemblies feature a refreshing new arrangement, with daytime running lights sitting over the lamps, while LED indicators are sited at the base of the lighting units. Fog lamps, located on the front bumper, double as turning lamps, which are a big help in tight spaces.

Tail lights are beautifully sculpted with an angular moulded ‘L’ shaped top end, and brake LEDs which dynamically switch, like the ones found on the Passat, from a horizontal set of dashes, to a vertical arrangement, when the brakes are depressed.

Up on the roof, the Tiguan gets a set of roof rails, and one of the largest glass sunroofs I’ve seen in a compact. The amount of light that filters through makes the interior a nice place to be in.

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Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 215bhp @ 4500rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1500rpm


Acceleration 6.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.8 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4486 x 1839 x 1673) mm
Wheelbase 2677 mm
Turning Circle 11.5 metres
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs