Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line 2024: Boring efficiency

The Volkswagen Tiguan was launched for the year 2009. It was initially successful but sales dwindled over time due to being kept in the catalog for too long. In 2018, Volkswagen decided to rework the Tiguan for the market, shifting the strategy.

Initially, the Tiguan was built on the Golf platform, resulting in solid road behavior. The strategy changed in 2018 to cater more to the American market, resulting in a larger, underpowered Tiguan that disappointed many in terms of road behavior. Despite criticism, sales boomed, particularly in the US, from 46,983 units to 103,022 units with the new generation.

In Canada, the sales growth was less spectacular. The current second-generation model received mechanical updates in 2022, improving acceleration and dynamic performance. The model features a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The Tiguan provides ample comfort and space with 1065 liters of cargo volume behind the second row, which can be expanded to 2081 liters with the seats folded.

The Tiguan offers four versions: Trendline, Comfortline, Comfortline R-Line, and Highline R-Line. Prices vary from $37,210 to $48,210. The top-of-the-line model is well-equipped but faces tough competition, selling less than the Toyota RAV4 in Canada.

Overall, the Tiguan is considered a decent product but struggles to stand out in its category due to intense competition.