VIDEO | Test of the new Volkswagen Tiguan 2024: safe bet!

We put ourselves at the controls of what since 2017 has been the Volkswagen best-selling in the world, the Volkswagen Tiguan, which launches its third generation with unprecedented technology and with the honor of having already exceeded 7 million units sold worldwide. This 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan stands out in the most competitive segment of the market (the share of C-SUVs went from 13 to 33% in recent years) for dynamics, variety of engines and qualities, although not all that glitters is gold...

At the other end of the scale, the price. The new Tiguan It is approaching 40.000 euros starting point no discounts; Therefore, it is much more expensive than the average set by rivals in its category.

This is how the Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 changes on the outside

Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 range

Its length grows by around three centimeters, so now reaches 4,54 meters long. The width and height do not change: 1,84 and 1,67 meters, respectively. It also slightly improves the aerodynamic coefficient to 0,28 Cx points.

Now, focusing on the aesthetic changes, we must highlight a thinner grille and, on the other hand, a much more prominent front bumper with larger cooling inlets. The headlights improve significantly in terms of technique, since they can be equipped on the top-of-the-range R-Line with the new IQ system. Light HD Matrix Led with more than 19.000 pixels per module.

Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 led headlights

This results in a much clearer vision during night driving, due among other things to the fact that it marks the lines of the lane in which one is driving with the light beam, attenuates the reflection of the signals, automatically activates or deactivates lighting groups associated with the high beams depending on whether or not we dazzle others users and even marks dangers on the road when, for example, we approach construction work. Without a doubt, we are talking about one of those extras that should be mandatory due to their involvement in road safety.

In the profile we find new 17, 18, 19 or even 20 inch wheels and the cover with the charging socket on the front left side for plug-in versions. For its part, the rear is the most conservative in terms of design: the most notable thing is the new central area that unites both lights in a glossy black tone with a horizontal LED strip incorporated.

Enhanced infotainment with AI included

Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 interior

Inside, there is a certain improvement in quality with somewhat more noble materials and optimized settings, but what draws the most attention is the technological section. The right side of the dashboard incorporates ambient lighting, while the two screens of 10 and 12,9 or up to 15 inches (depending on the finish) they take up almost total prominence in the cabin. The smallest serves as the Digital Cockpit, as Volkswagen calls its customizable digital instrumentation, and the largest groups together all the infotainment functions, which now includes an assistant based on Artificial Intelligence with GPT Chat.

In the central area of ​​the console we also have a new rotary knob, whose operating feel is reminiscent of other brand controls premium, which serves both to lower or increase the audio volume and to change the environment and driving modes.

Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 rear seats

Furthermore, two other points in which this update wins us are the return to the physical buttons on the multifunction steering wheel and the integration of light in the touch commands of the air conditioning and radio.

In terms of space, it is still possible to travel five adults with sufficient comfort and the trunk capacity ranges from 650 to 1.650 liters, thanks in large part to the sliding rear seats. Of course, plug-in hybrids reduce the volume to 490 liters.

Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 engines

Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 Eco label

The range consists of micro-hybrid, diesel and plug-in options with a gasoline engine, all of them associated with a DSG automatic transmission. Firstly, there are two Eco-labeled MHEVs with 130 and 150 hp. Then we find the diesels with a 2.0 TDI engine of 150 and 193 HP, the latter with all-wheel drive. In the case of plug-in hybrids, they deliver 204 and 272 HP of maximum power and a class-leading range in electric mode (125 km in the combined cycle and about 150 km in an urban environment.)

The 19,7 kWh capacity battery fitted to the latter can be charged at a maximum of 11 or 50 kW, depending on whether it is alternating or direct current, and its electric motor (116 HP) performs sufficiently to move the set without wasting fuel above 100 km/h.

In addition, there are two gasoline alternatives without electrification with 204 and 265 HP that equip 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Feelings behind the wheel of the new Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 news

On the road, this German SUV is by far one of the benchmarks in the segment for dynamic balance and frank response. In our case, we drove the 150 HP microhybrid version and it seems like one of the ideal ones in the range. Performance is very good (it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in about 9 seconds and reaches a top speed of more than 200 km/h) and consumption is also acceptable (it averages just over 6 l/100 km in the combined cycle.)

It is true that diesel of such power promises to lower that average figure by around one liter, but the truth is that, in practice, for around 5-5,5 l/100 km You have to be very focused on not exceeding or even going below the legal limits.

In any case, what almost all versions share is a very high ride comfort. Among other things, acoustic insulation has been optimized with thicker windows. Now, the noise of the 2.0 TDI is still noticeable inside the cabin.

Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 driving modes

The Tiguan is a car that even invites you to practice more joyful driving from time to time, because it is formidably agile for its proportions and its weight of more than 1.600 kg. The steering is very fast and very precise, and the brakes are as effective as any.

The secret to having plenty of comfort and firmness in the same Tiguan to bring out certain features? The new DCC Pro adaptive suspension, which uses double valve technology (one individual for extension and another individual for compression) like the one used by Porsche in some of its models and which turns the whole into a chameleon prepared for any context. This system is optional on the R-Line trims and comes standard on the 4Motion and the e-Hybrid or plug-in hybrids.

Prices of the new Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan 2024 engines

The Tiguan access part of the 39.180 euros in the base finish and can reach around 60.000 euros in the most powerful and equipped version. Obviously, it is a car that offers many good things but is not available to everyone who would like to drive it... In this sense, with more reasonable prices, it would be a much more successful model in our country and would compete more head-to-head. with rivals such as the Hyundai Tucson, the Nissan Qashqai or the Toyota RAV4.

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