Volkswagen, the German automobile manufacturer, released the first generation of Volkswagen Tiguan in 2007 after debuting it as a concept vehicle in the 2006 LA Auto Show. The Tiguan is a compact crossover vehicle that offers two-row seating and transverse-mounted four-cylinder engines. Within its first four years of production, over 700,000 Tiguans were sold worldwide, and the CUV has been given a 5-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP.
The First Generation
The first generation of Volkswagen was produced from 2007 to 2017. The Tiguan was offered in many trim levels throughout the countries that it was sold in. It was built on the same platform that the Volkswagen Passat was built on, the PQ46. The Tiguan was remodeled in 2011 – the headlights were made more angular to look bolder, new grille bars were added, and angular lines were added to the rear lights. A three-spoke steering wheel was introduced, and the car’s performance was enhanced.
The Second Generation
The Tiguan’s second generation was introduced in 2016 and is the current generation in production. The most notable change in the generations is that the second generation of Tiguans is available in both short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase options, but the short-wheelbase version is only sold in Europe currently. The long-wheelbase variant of the Tiguan is called the Tiguan Allspace.
Confessions of a Celebrity School Run
Volkswagen entered into a partnership with Heart Radio that placed the Tiguan Allspace at the center of a series of light-hearted videos called Confessions of a Celebrity School Run starring host Tess Daly and celebrity parents having candid conversations about life with kids. The campaign was launched with the introduction of the Allspace and was far more successful than expected. It over-delivered on radio impacts by almost 20 million, and it had 1.5 million video views!
The Tiguan’s pricing starts at a very affordable $24,000 and can range up to $40,000 with additional features and different models. The vehicle offers loads of space for both passengers and cargo, three-row seating, an intuitive tech interface, and a longer warranty period than most competitors.
Volkswagen is known for its simple, functional interiors that are not typically fancy, and the Tiguan reflects this. While the interior is made for simplicity, it does feature an infotainment system that is referred to as Car-Net and includes touch buttons that are integrated into a large glass screen. The system is compatible with smartphones, but it does not offer Wi-Fi or mobile data. The standard Tiguan includes cloth seating and limited power adjustment for front seats, but additional features can include full power adjustment for seats, faux-leather seating, and even a sunroof.
Volkswagen recently announced its plan to redesign the Tiguan, making it more of a coupe-SUV. It is said that it will be a more modern and aggressive design that will provide a “radical new look” that promotes “emotional” purchases. While some of the vehicle’s features will be drastically changed, the cargo space that the Tiguan offers will remain. This new and improved model of the Tiguan is expected to go on sale in 2022 and is expected to feature some hybrid capabilities since Volkswagen has expressed an interest in reducing its carbon footprint.