At scales, the new Tiguan also betters the older car in size as it boasts a 77mm longer wheelbase. Overall length has been increased by 60mm with an added 30mm width. And thanks to the smart modular platform that is thrown in with the use of lighter materials during construction, it also weighs in at 50kgs lesser than before.
Performance from the 1.4-litre TSi engine is respectable enough — pushing out 147bhp and 250Nm. Despite being implanted into a body that weighs more than a conventional Golf. Overtaking is done with ease, and thanks to the six-speed DSG gearbox; drivers can enjoy a seamless driving experience both at town and on the motorway.
Ride quality is good. While tackling some sweeping bends along the backroads of Tapah, it simply soaks up all assortments of road harshness. Be it a pothole, ripples or any typical broken surfaces. On smoother grounds, the Tiguan also returns a pliant ride feel with a touch of firmness. It handles surprisingly well despite possessing a slightly vague steering that lacks a little feedback.
In the end, the Tiguan remains a great effort that is left in the shadows of its extremely well-known competitors. Yes, we all know that most crossovers within this segment are no fun-to-drive machines, but fortunately — the Tiguan doesn’t string along with that ideology, making it one of go-to vehicles in the segment alongside the Mazda CX-5 if dynamics are priority.