Volkswagen 2012 Tiguan Review

By on February 17, 2012
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The ugly duckling with a golden heart.

Good: Responsive handling and acceleration, Surprisingly nimble for its size, Spacious interior, Great mileage, Sufficiently luxurious interior, Generally fun to drive
Bad: Outside styling is incredibly dull
Price: AED 115,000 (basic)/ AED 140,000 (full options)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Volkswagen Tiguan is still a recent addition to the German carmakers broad range of cars, starting production in 2007. The compact SUV is targeted towards to Toyota Rav 4/ Honda CRV market, with the intention of providing a slightly higher-end experience in terms of luxury and performance. Today I’ll be looking at the 2012 Tiguan and what it brings to this fiercely competitive market segment.

The latest Tiguan has gotten a facelift from the previous model, which more or less is a downgrade as far as raw looks are concerned. Not a single person who saw the car told me it looked good. I’m sure that adding the corporate look to the Tiguan is part of VW’s design strategy, as it has been in all their cars. This time, though, it’s a case perfect example of how one design scheme cannot fit all cars.

While the Golf, Touareg and even to some extent the new Jetta look good with this design, the Tiguan most certainly does not. In fact, the chunky curves of the tail lights and sharp looking front headlamps with the downward front grill gave the old Tiguan a rather fun look. It was much better than the reserved, more serious and decidedly boring looks of the new Tiguan.

It doesn’t help, then, that the alloy wheels look very static, nothing as stylish as the one’s on the Touareg. For all intents and purposes, the 2012 Tiguan is designed to be a practical car. At least on the surface it looks that way; there’s just nothing inspirational about its design.

Of course, you’ll completely forget about how ugly the Tiguan looks on the outside once you’re behind the steering wheel.

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  • Magnus Nystedt

    It would be cool to see some video of the car in action ;)

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