Thursday, 1 October 2020

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Review


2021 Volkswagen Tiguan


The compact SUV segment is full of good options, but one of me favorite is the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan, which is one of the most well-rounded choices. 

It's handsomely styled, well-equipped, and practical. Plus, the VW is one of only two compact SUVs that offer an optional third row of seats (the other is the Mitsubishi Outlander). 

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

All models come with the same 184-hp four-cylinder engine, which is admittedly a little poky. Still, its fuel economy is competitive with rivals such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. 

While the Tiguan does offer some of the same sharp driving dynamics that endears me to majority of the Volkswagen lineup, its practicality is really what makes it worth buying.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

What's New for 2021?

In advance of a more thorough update for the 2022 model year, VW makes a few changes to the Tiguan for 2021. 

The base S and mid-range SE models receive new 17-inch wheel designs and the latter of the two receives standard adaptive cruise control. 

Likewise, the top-spec SEL Premium R-Line model gains a power-adjustable front passenger's seat.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    Choosing a Tiguan trim is only about features and convenience equipment, as there are no power-train options. 

    The jump from SE to SEL is a significant one, adding about $5000, but all the extra features it adds, including a panoramic sunroof, remote start, power lift-gate, and larger 18-inch wheels, may be worth it to you. 

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Adding all-wheel drive, which is available on any trim, adds roughly $1300 on the SEL, but makes the third row optional. If you're in the business of hauling kids, I'd spend the extra money to make the Tiguan a seven-seater.

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Under the hood of every 2021 Tiguan is a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 184 horsepower; front-wheel drive is standard but Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is optional. 

    The reticence of the eight-speed automatic to downshift combined with noticeable turbo lag means that the Tiguan feels anything but eager off the line and a bit slothful around town. 

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    The Tiguan's ride is comfortable and compliant, which should please most drivers, but the tradeoff is less precision during brisk driving. 

    All-wheel-drive models are noticeably better at managing Michigan's cratered highways and byways. The Tiguan's brake-pedal action is soft and it doesn't match up to the firm.

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    The Tiguan's interior is classically Volkswagen, which is to say that it is simple and functional but not particularly stylish or rich. 

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Others offer more legroom in the second row, but the Tiguan is one of the only vehicles in the class that can be had with seating for seven. The Tiguan comes standard with cloth seating and partial power adjustment for the front seats. 

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Opting into more expensive versions can net full power adjustment for the driver, faux-leather seating, and a panoramic sunroof. 

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    With just 12 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, the Tiguan simply can't be a hauling vehicle when the third row is in use. 

    With the third row folded, the Tiguan's cargo measurements put it about in the middle of this class for raw space.

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    Volkswagen's infotainment system is sleek and features touch buttons integrated into a large glass screen. 

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    The system comes standard with a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, so drivers who prefer their smartphone's familiar interface to Volkswagen's system. 

    A 480-watt, nine-speaker Fender audio system is also available, but only in the top SEL Premium trim.

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    This generation of Tiguan still hasn't been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the time of writing this post. 

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    However, the last version that was evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was named a Top Safety Pick. 

    Forward-collision alert with automatic braking and a blind-spot warning system are standard. 

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Key safety features include:

    •  Standard automated emergency braking
    •  Standard blind-spot monitoring
    •  Available adaptive cruise control

    • 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    What was previously the industry's best bumper-to-bumper warranty at six years and 72,000 miles of coverage has been shortened to four years or 50,000 miles. 

    To help make that reduced coverage a little easier to handle, all new Volkswagens offer two years of regularly scheduled maintenance included at no charge.

    2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

     Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles

    •  Power-train warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
    •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 20,000 miles.
    • 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan


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