Volkswagen has introduced the much-awaited Tiguan SUV in India at a starting price of Rs 27.98 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. It is available in two variants, Comfortline and Highline with only one engine option as well as one transmission option.The Tiguan is the first product in India from Volkswagen based on the MQB platform. It has been positioned as a premium offering by the German carmaker which may require Volkswagen to also improve their after sales experience. According to the 2016 JD Power CSI (Customer Service Index) Study, Volkswagen India scored 790 points while the mass market average stood at 880 points
The Tiguan features a number of standard equipment which includes LED headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps, chrome moulding on the windows, turn indicators mounted on the ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors), body coloured bumpers, electrically adjustable, foldable as well as heated ORVMs. The Comfortline version is offered with a 17-inch alloy wheel while the Highline trim is offered with an 18-inch unit.
The interior of the Volkswagen Tiguan boasts of a touchscreen infotainment system which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with Bluetooth connectivity, USB, AUX and Radio playback. This is a standard fitment along with a 3-zone automatic climate control, steering mounted audio and phone controls, automatic headlamp activation, cruise control and a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel. One of the key differences between the Comfortline and the Highline is that the latter has a panoramic sunroof.
The Tiguan has a reverse parking camera.In terms of safety, both versions are offered with a host of standard fitments. These include ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), 6 airbags, traction control, Hill Hold Control, Hill Descent Assist, front as well as rear Parktronic Control, tyre pressure monitoring system, ISOFIX child seat anchorage points on the rear seats and a lot of other safety equipment. The difference between the Highline and the Comfortline variants is that the top end Highline trim has self-sealing tyres.
Powering the premium SUV is a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 141 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 340 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm to 2,750 rpm. This engine is mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox and there is no option of a manual transmission. Both variants of the Volkswagen Tiguan are available with the German carmaker's 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system.
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