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Volkswagen Tiguan

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Volkswagen Tiguan
VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4MOTION R-Line (II) – Frontansicht (1), 19. September 2015, Frankfurt.jpg
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV (J)
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFF layout
AWD layout

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover vehicle (CUV) manufactured by German automaker Volkswagen. Introduced in 2007, the first generation model uses the PQ46 platform of the B6 Generation Volkswagen Passat.[1] All first generation (5N) Tiguans featured two row seating and transverse mounted four-cylinder engines.

The Tiguan debuted as a concept vehicle at the November 2006 LA Auto Show[2] and in production form at the 2007 International Motor Show Germany. Manufacture began in the winter of 2007, at Volkswagen's 2001 to 2009 subsidiary Auto 5000 (an experimental company within a company) in Wolfsburg and continued subsequently under the company's standard contract arrangements, at Wolfsburg and in Kaluga, Russia.[3][4]

As of 2011, more than 700,000 Tiguans had been sold worldwide since September 2007, with the greatest sales in Europe, Russia, the United States, China, Brazil, and Australia.[5] The Euro NCAP gave the Tiguan a five-star safety rating.

The name Tiguan (pronounced [ˈtiːɡu̯aːn]) is a portmanteau of the German words Tiger ("tiger") and Leguan ("iguana")[6] and won a naming contest by German car magazine publisher Auto Bild — from a field of names that also included Namib, Rockton, Liger, Samun and Nanuk.[7] A three row, seven seat version of the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan has been confirmed to be built at the Puebla assembly plant in Mexico.[8]

First generation (2007–2017)

First generation
VW Tiguan TDI 2.0, Bj. 2008-06 (Sp).jpg
2009–present (China)
2017–2018 as Tiguan Limited
AssemblyGermany: Wolfsburg, Osnabruck
China: Shanghai (SAIC VW)
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City (World Auto)
Body and chassis
PlatformVolkswagen Group B6 (PQ46)
RelatedAudi Q3
Audi A3 Mk2
Škoda Yeti
SEAT Tribu
SEAT Altea
SEAT Leon Mk2
SEAT Toledo Mk3
VW Golf/Rabbit Mk5
Volkswagen Eos
Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen CC
EnginePetrol engines:
1.4 L TSI 122 PS (90 kW) I4
1.4 L TSI 150 PS (110 kW) I4
2.0 L TSI 250 PS (184 kW) I4
2.0 L TSI 350 PS (257 kW) I4
Diesel engines:
2.0 L TDI 110 PS (81 kW)(I4
2.0 L TDI FWD&4MOTION 140 PS (103 kW) I4
2.0 L TDI 4MOTION RLINE 177 PS (130 kW) I4
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed DSG dual-clutch
7-speed DSG dual-clutch
Wheelbase2,604 mm (102.5 in)
Length2008–2011: 4,427 mm (174.3 in)
2012–2017: 4,432 mm (174.5 in)
Width1,809 mm (71.2 in)
Height2008–2011: 1,686 mm (66.4 in)
2012–2017: 65.6 in (1,666 mm)

Trim levels

The Tiguan was offered worldwide in various trim levels. In the United States, trim levels included S, SE, and SEL. In the United Kingdom, trim levels were S, Match, Sport and Escape. In Canada, trim levels were Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline and Highline with an optional Sport Package. In Russia and other markets, trim levels included Trend & Fun, Sport and Style, and Track & Field. European markets received an R-Line trim level beginning in 2010.

The Trend & Fun specification offers a maximum approach angle of 18 degrees. Features include six airbags, ESP, Trailer Stability Program integrated with the ESP, Isofix child seat anchorages on the rear bench and electronic parking brake with auto hold function, RCD 210 radio with integrated CD player, semi automatic climate control system, four electric window lifts, electrically adjustable and heated outside mirrors, trip computer, RF remote control of central locking and various storage compartments and bins.

Sport & Style offers additional features, including 17 inch alloy wheels, chrome roof rail, chrome strips on front bumper and surrounding side window lining, tinted windows, sport seats with height adjustable lumbar supports center console with folding and height adjustable armrest, folding front passenger seat, drawers under the front seats, folding table and storage pockets on the backs of the front seats, leather for steering wheel, gear shift knob and gear shift boot, fabric seats with Alcantara accents, cruise control system and tire pressure indicator.

The Track & Field package features a redesigned front module, with a 28 degree approach angle, hill descent assistant, modified driving pedal characteristic, EDS adaptation (electronic differential locks are activated at the slightest slip), ABS adaptation (which aids with braking on loose substrates), hill ascent assistance, automatic transmission gear level pre selection (including optimal engine braking effect), 16 inch alloy wheels, tire pressure indicator, black roof rails, engine underbody protection, compass display, special door impact guard strips and seats with adjustable lumbar support.



The first generation Tiguan uses the PQ46 platform of the B6 Generation Volkswagen Passat. A common misconception is that the Tiguan is built on the PQ35 chassis that underpins the Mk5 and Mk6 generation Volkswagen Golf. While the PQ46 chassis is based upon the PQ35 platform, there are several differences between the more entry level PQ35 and the mid range PQ46.

The majority of the parts used in its construction are simply the same as those used on the Volkswagen B6 Passat and CC models of the same chassis.


The import version of Tiguan appeared on the Chinese market in 2009, with a locally built version (aka Shanghai-Volkswagen Tiguan) debuting at 2009 Guangzhou Motor Show. The Chinese built Tiguan uses 1.8 TSI (118 kW) and 2.0 TSI (147 kW), and has a revised front fascia. At the same time the import Tiguan is still sold in China, which has 2.0 TSI and R-Line kit as highlights.

The basic design of the import model is the same as the international one. In order to differ locally built and import models, Shanghai-VW Tiguan is given a Chinese name, known as 途观 (tiguan), and the import one keeps the original letter name.

On July 17, 2009, the general manager of Shanghai Volkswagen as well as the company's public relations chief and two other executives of the company, died in a company owned Volkswagen Tiguan in a high speed traffic accident.

According to Chinese media reports, Shanghai VW General Manager Liu Jian and PR chief Zeng Jialin, along with two other executives, were traveling at 220 km/h (140 mph) — far exceeding the expressway maximum of 110 km/h (68 mph) — when the Tiguan hit a truck. Because the Tiguan has a top speed of 200 km/h and there is a toll station only 2 km away from the site of the crash, there is a dispute about what actually occurred.[9]

Since the launch of the second generation Tiguan, the first generation Tiguan continues to be sold in China, currently renamed as the Tiguan Silk Road.


At the November 2007 Michelin Challenge Bibendum, in Shanghai, China, Volkswagen showed the Tiguan HyMotion study powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

The fuel cell produces an output power of 80 kW (110 hp) and the electric motor has 100 kW (130 hp). These figures give the Tiguan HyMotion a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 14 seconds.

The lithium-ion battery has a charge capacity of 6.8 ampere-hours and is an auxiliary energy storage system. Power output from the lithium ion battery is 22 kW. Battery charge is recovered from braking energy or the hydrogen fuel cell.



Euro NCAP test results
VW Tiguan 2.0 diesel (2009)[10]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 31 87%
Child occupant: 39 79%
Pedestrian: 17 48%
Safety assist: 5 71%

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Marginal[12]
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good


2016 Tiguan AWD NHTSA[13]
Overall: 4/5 stars
Frontal Driver: 4/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 3/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Pole Driver: 4/5 stars
Rollover AWD: 4/5 stars 18.5%

Facelift (2011) (B7)

The Tiguan was facelifted in July 2011. The headlights were made bolder and more angular, and the prominent horizontal grille bars of the Golf and new Passat were incorporated, as were the angular lines in the two part rear light clusters. Performance was also enhanced. The trim was revised, and a three spoke steering wheel introduced.

Pre-facelift styling

Post-facelift styling

Tiguan Limited (2017–2018)

In April 2017, Volkswagen USA announced that it would continue to sell its outgoing Tiguan alongside the second generation model, rebranding it as the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited. Due to slow sales compared to the second generation model, the Tiguan Limited was discontinued after the 2018 model year.

Second generation (2016–present)

Second generation (5N)
VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4MOTION R-Line (II) – Frontansicht, 19. September 2015, Frankfurt.jpg
AssemblyGermany: Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg Volkswagen Plant)
Mexico: Puebla[15]
India: Aurangabad
Malaysia: Pekan (HICOM)
Algeria: Relizane[16]
Indonesia: Purwakarta (GMM)
Body and chassis
ChassisUnitary construction Steel Stamping
  • 1.4 litre TSI I4
  • 1.5 litre TSI evo I4
  • 2.0 litre TSI I4
  • 2.0 litre TDI I4
WheelbaseSWB: 2,681 mm (105.6 in)
LWB: 2,791 mm (109.9 in)
LengthSWB: 4,486 mm (176.6 in)
LWB: 4,712 mm (185.5 in)
Width1,839 mm (72.4 in)
Height1,673 mm (65.9 in)
Volkswagen Tiguan (rear)
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (front)
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (rear)

The second generation Tiguan was unveiled at the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt, it is built on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform.[17] Aside to Wolfsburg for its main production, the production of the second generation model was expanded to Puebla and Kaluga. It is available in two wheelbase variants: a short-wheelbase version with available seating up to five passengers and a long-wheelbase version with third-row seats, which it seats up to seven passengers.

In some markets where the Tiguan is sold in both SWB and LWB variants, the LWB Tiguan is sold as the Tiguan Allspace.



The second generation Tiguan was first announced for the Australian market in October 2015, about one month after its debut in IAA.[18] Pricing and specifications were made available in July 2016, with the local press releasing details to the market.[19] Sales of the Tiguan in Australia started in September 2016. At launch, it was initially offered in three trim levels: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The R-Line Package is also offered and it is only available on the Highline models. The Sportline trim was later added to the Australian lineup in December 2017. The LWB Tiguan Allspace was announced for Australia in April 2018, with the pricing and specifications were later revealed in June 2018.[20] The Tiguan Allspace went on sale in Australia in July 2018 and it is available in two trim levels: Comfortline and Highline. Like the SWB model, the R-Line Package is also offered for the LWB model. The Trendline model on the SWB Tiguan was discontinued in August 2018.


The second generation Volkswagen Tiguan was launched in Malaysia in April 5, 2017, only the SWB variant is available there. It was offered with two trim levels: Comfortline and Highline. The Malaysian-spec Tiguan is locally assembled at HICOM Automotive's plant in Pekan, front-wheel drive only and powered by a 1.4-litre TSI engine.[21]


The second generation Tiguan was launched in China by SAIC Volkswagen in January 2017, available in both SWB and LWB variants and sold alongside the previous generation Tiguan, which was continued to be sold in China as the Tiguan Silk Road. The LWB Tiguan is marketed there as the Tiguan L. Both Chinese-spec Tiguans are locally assembled and offered in three trim levels: 280TSI, 330TSI and 380TSI.


The second generation Tiguan was launched in India in May 24, 2017, currently available in the SWB variant.[22] It was available in two trim levels: Comfortline and Highline. The Indian-spec Tiguan is locally assembled at Volkswagen India's Aurangabad plant. The launch of the Tiguan in the Indian market marks Volkswagen India's return to the SUV segment, since the Touareg was discontinued there in 2013. The LWB Tiguan Allspace was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020 and is stated to be launched to the Indian market in the first quarter of 2020.


The second generation Tiguan was first launched in Indonesia at the 25th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in August 2017 as a SWB variant, under Volkswagen's distributor and assembler for the Indonesian market, Garuda Mataram Motor.[23] It is initially available in one trim level and powered by a 1.4-litre TSI engine. At the 26th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in August 2018, Volkswagen Indonesia added the VRS trim level to the lineup.[24] In 2019, the SWB Tiguan was discontinued in Indonesia due to slow sales, citing to its higher price tag.

At the 27th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in July 2019, Volkswagen Indonesia launched the LWB variant of the second generation Tiguan, marketed there as the Tiguan Allspace, it replaces the SWB variant. Unlike the previous SWB Tiguan, the LWB Tiguan Allspace is locally assembled at GMM's plant in Purwakarta, West Java as a medium knock down (MKD) unit with a lower price tag than compared to the SWB version. It is powered by the same 1.4-litre TSI engine from the previous version and it is only available in one trim level.[25]

North America

The second generation Tiguan was unveiled for the North American market at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, with sales starting in summer 2017 for the 2018 model year.[26][27] Only the LWB variant is available there. At launch, it is offered in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium. The R-Line Package was later become available for the SEL and SEL Premium models in early 2018, it was showcased at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. In the US market, it is available in front-wheel drive or Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system, with third-row seats are standard on front-wheel drive models and optional on all-wheel drive models. Only one engine choice available for the US-spec Tiguan, a 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder gasoline engine, mated with an eight-speed Torque Converter automatic transmission.


The second generation Volkswagen Tiguan was launched in Mexico, around the same time as the North American launch, with sales starts at the same time as the US models for the 2018 model year. Like the US models, it is only available as a LWB variant with optional third-row seats and initially available in four trim levels: Trendline, Trendline Plus, Comfortline and Highline. The R-Line was later added to the Mexican lineup as a separated trim level. The lower trim levels of the Tiguan were powered by a 1.4-litre TSI engine, a 2.0-litre TSI engine is only available to the Highline model.[28]


The Mexican-built Tiguan was qualified 5 stars by Latin NCAP in both infant and adult passengers, and is awarded two Latin NCAP Advanced Awards, one for its pedestrian safety system and other for AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking).[29]

Special Trim Levels and Limited Editions

Through to its production, the Tiguan have received various special trim levels and limited edition models in some markets.

In Australia, Volkswagen Australia has launched two limited edition models for the Tiguan exclusively for the Australian market in each respectively dates, the first being the Wolfsburg Edition, available on the SWB model in November 2018, with a limited up to 500 units.[30] The second being the R-Line, available also on the SWB model in April 2019, with only 1000 units being sold.[31]

At the 2018 Moscow International Automobile Salon, Volkswagen unveiled the Tiguan Offroad for the European market, it features a characteristic off-road exterior design, compared to the normal Tiguan, including different bumper designs with skid plates, black chrome window trim strips, black roof rails and side mirror covers, and a special "OFFROAD" badge located on the B-pillar. For the interior, it features comfortable front seats with the centre storage compartment wrapped in fabric leather, black headliner, multifunction steering wheel, gear knob wrapped in leather, aluminum trim, stainless steel pedals and rubber floor mats. It is available in six different colors, with a two-tone combination look with a black roof as a part of the optional Offroad Plus package and a standard 18-inch "Sebring" alloy wheels with three alternative wheel options available. The Tiguan Offroad is offered in various range of diesel and gasoline engines, it is mated by a 7-speed DSG transmission as standard, along with 4Motion all-wheel drive featuring Active Control system, which can be switched between three driving modes: Onroad, Offroad and Snow.[32]

In Mexico, a special exclusive limited edition model for the Mexican-spec Tiguan was launched there in October 15, 2019. It is based on the Comfortline model.[33]

Yearly American sales

Calendar year Tiguan Tiguan Limited Total U.S. sales
2011[34] 25,990 - 25,990
2012[35] 31,731 - 31,731
2013[36] 30,002 - 30,002
2014[37] 25,121 - 25,121
2015[38] 35,843 - 35,843
2016[39] 43,638 - 43,638
2017[40] 21,023 25,960 46,983
2018[41] 89,476 13,546 103,022
2019[42] 109,572 391 109,963


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