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.

Sitting inside the Tiguan is typical Volkswagen experience, with the smart looking leather seats that will comfortably, yet firmly hold you in place. The overall interior is surprisingly spacious, given how small the Tiguan looks from the outside. The panoramic roof most certainly adds to the interior atmosphere.

The first thing I noticed were the double air vents for the A/C on every side of the dash panel. I guess VW just wanted to have the main dash panel look filling. The three spoked steering wheel has the full driver controls for the telephone and menu navigation you’d find on every other VW. The dashboard instrument panel houses the same menus and computer information display as well.

At first glance the central navigation display looks the same as the others I’ve seen on previous VWs, but I soon noticed that out tester 2012 Tiguan didn’t come with the highest-end RNS 510 that comes with satellite navigation system. Instead, it came with the mid-tiered RCD 510, which comes without the navigation and high-res touchscreen. Still, it had Bluetooth connectivity, AUX input as well as an Apple dock adapter in the center console for iOS device connectivity.

Our tester 2012 Tiguan was a bit light on Drivers assist options, but it did come with the Parking assist which comes with a reverse camera and audio signals via the speakers to tell you the proximity of close objects. While great for everyday usage, the Parking sensors become incredibly irritating when I was trying to park in slightly tight spots, and the acoustic signals would keep on beeping like I was about to hit something, even though the objects were fairly far away. Reverse parking in general is quite a tense experience in the Tiguan thanks to its overly sensitive sensors.

The 4MOTION drive system meant that the 2012 Tiguan was running on 4-wheel drive all the time; so no fiddling with suspension or gear settings like in the Touareg. I actually welcomed the lack of options in the Tiguan in this regard, as with the 4MOTION system I could take it off road anywhere, and don’t have to worry about various settings and comfort level.

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  • Magnus Nystedt

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

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