2016 VW Tiguan – As you would expect from VW, the Tiguan has been successful in bridging the gap between the upscale and mainstream vehicles as well. True, it definitely costs more than other crossovers, but its returns far outweigh its alternatives in many aspects. A Tiguan will always guarantee its users of above-average performance and refinement, along with a considerable amount of exclusivity. So, expect the 2017 VW Tiguan to overturn the tables yet again.
One sure thing that won’t get updated in the new 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is the way it drives. The interior design and materials are conspicuously made of high quality leather, at least for high-end models, while the punchy turbocharged 4-cylinder engine ensures you are kept alert on morning work commutes.
That said, there are a couple of other compact crossovers that can match most of what the Tiguan offers in terms of interior sophistication, engine performance, interior refinement and driveability dynamics. One such model which also sums up as a formidable competitor is the 2017 Mazda CX-5 – a perfect all-rounder that is fun to drive. The 2017 Honda CR-V compares poorly to the Tiguan but it has the utility and value to die for. Lastly, you can check out the Ford Escape 2017, a vehicle known for its nimble road manners, cutting-edge technology, lots of standard features and a strong turbocharged engine.
Exterior Review & Interior Changes – 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
Just like before, the expected 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan will be made available in five trims: base S, mid-level SE and SE w/Appearance, SEL and top-of-the-line R-Line.
The entry level S model will most likely feature trailer-hitch prep, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, 40/20/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an eight-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, an SD-card slot, and a 5-inch touchscreen interface.
The SE adds heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, power-recline function for the driver seat and premium vinyl upholstery.
The SE w/Appearance trim adds foglights, 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and keyless entry.
The SEL adds a premium Fender audio system, a navigation system, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
At the top of the Tiguan food chain, the R-Line trim throws in adaptive xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels, LED running lights, a sport body kit, leather upholstery, driver memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic wipers, power-folding side mirrors, full power front seats, special interior accents, a sport-tuned suspension.
Engine Specs – 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
According to our informants, privy of Volkswagen undertakings, the new Volkswagen Tiguan 2016 will come with a 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel and petrol powerplants in several variations. The first to be offered is a 1.4L gasoline engine responsible for cranking out 124 hp and 150 pounds of torque. Another is the 180 horsepower, 1.8L gasoline engine. The third powerplant you should expect is a 2.0L gasoline engine capable of making 220 hp. Lastly, you should anticipate a 1.6L diesel engine capable of making 150 horsepower and 190 pounds of torque.
All of the mentioned engines will be paired to either a DSG or a manual transmission systems. A significant number of the variants will be offered with Volkswagen 4 Motion AWD system, although, the details have been shielded. The FWD system will also be made available for the lower trims.
The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan will certainly offer the following standard features such as, front side airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and full-length side curtain airbags. Parking sensors are not available but a rearview camera will be provided as standard equipment. Remote vehicle access, VW’s Car-Net telematics system is included with every Tiguan and provides automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle location and geo-fencing.
- Wheelbase: 8 ft. 6.5 in. (102.5 in.)
- Length: 14 ft. 6.5 in. (174.5 in.)
- Width: 5 ft. 11.2 in. (71.2 in.)
- Passenger volume: 119.2 cu.ft.
- Cargo volume: 23.8 cu.ft. (max 56.1 cu.ft.)
- Curb weight: 3404 lbs.
- Top Speed: 119 mph
- 0-60: 7.7 sec
- MPG: 21/26 mpg
- Available Exterior Colors: Deep Black Pearl, Night Blue Metallic, Panther Grey Metallic, Pepper Gray Metallic, Pure White, Reflex Silver Metallic, Wild Cherry Metallic…
- Towing Capacity: 2200 lbs
Price & Release Date – 2016 VW Tiguan
We expect the new vehicle to be unleashed during the Frankfurt Auto Show later this year. It would be too early to speculate about the price of the vehicle for now, however, we shouldn’t expect the vehicle to cost significantly higher than the current one.
The vehicle will certainly be in a class of its own with its exquisite features unmatched by many in its segment. But as for now, only time will be the judge as we await the ultimate production vehicle.
If rumors are anything to go by, we should be expecting an award-winning Tiguan or something close to that.
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