Volkswagen Tiguan

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 TEE-gwan, 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 German brand’s Puebla assembly plant in Mexico.[8]

Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Nav TSi 1.4
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Production 2007–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact crossover SUV (J)

First generation (2007–2017)

First generation
VW Tiguan TDI 2.0, Bj. 2008-06 (Sp)
Production 2007–2017
2017–present as Tiguan Limited
Assembly Germany: Wolfsburg
China: Shanghai (SAIC VW)(World Auto)
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform Volkswagen Group B6 (PQ46)
Related Audi 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
Engine Petrol engines:
1.4 L TSI 122 PS (90 kW) I4
1.4 L TSI 150 PS (110 kW) I4
2.0 L TSI 170 PS (125 kW) I4
2.0 L TSI 200 PS (147 kW) I4
Diesel engines:
2.0 L TDI 110 PS (81 kW) I4
2.0 L TDI 140 PS (103 kW) I4
2.0 L TDI 170 PS (125 kW) I4
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed DSG dual-clutch
7-speed DSG dual-clutch
Wheelbase 2,604 mm (102.5 in)
Length 2008–2011: 4,427 mm (174.3 in)
2012–2017: 4,432 mm (174.5 in)
Width 1,809 mm (71.2 in)
Height 2008–2011: 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.

Volkswagen Tiguan interior


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]


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)

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

VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI front 20100801

Front (2.0TDI)

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan (5N MY10) 125TSI 4MOTION wagon (2015-07-24) 01

Front (125TSI)

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan (5N MY10) 125TSI 4MOTION wagon (2015-07-24) 02

Rear (125TSI)

Post-facelift styling

VW Tiguan Track %26 Field (Facelift) %E2%80%93 Frontansicht, 31. Dezember 2012, Ratingen

Front (Track and Field)

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Match TDi BMT 4motion 2.0 Front


2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Match TDi BMT 4motion 2.0 Rear


Tiguan Limited (2017) & (2018)

In April 2017, Volkswagen USA announced that it would continue to sell its outgoing Tiguan alongside its successor, the all new 2018 Tiguan. The new model, called the Tiguan Limited, will offer a lower price point than that of its successor, all while offering an excellent value in terms of standard and optional equipment.[14]

In August 2017, Volkswagen officially announced the Tiguan Limited. Starting at $21,995 for Front Wheel Drive (optional 4Motion All Wheel Drive is also available), the Tiguan Limited will offer the following standard equipment:

  • Volkswagen Composition Color Five Inch Color Touch Screen Infotainment System (A/M F/M Radio, Radio Data System (RDS), Single Disc CD/MP3 Player, iPod/USB Integration, 3.5 millimeter (3.5mm) Auxiliary Audio Input Jack, and Bluetooth Streaming Audio)
  • Sixteen Inch Steel Wheels
  • Cloth Upholstery
  • Manually Adjustable Front Bucket Seats
  • 60/40 Split-folding & adjustable w/armrest & pass-through
  • Anthracite Metallic Interior Trim
  • 200 Horsepower 207 ft/lbs of Torque 2.0L TSI Turbocharged Inline Four Cylinder (I4) Gasoline Engine
  • Six Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Six Standard Airbags
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)

In addition to the Tiguan Limited's standard equipment a Premium Package is also available that adds the following equipment to the base model Tiguan Limited, and adds $1,295 to its base price :

  • Volkswagen Composition Media 6.33 Inch Color Touch Screen Infotainment System (A/M-F/M HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Radio Data System (RDS), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with MirrorLink, iPod/USB Integration, MicroSD Card Slot, 3.5 millimeter (3.5mm) Auxiliary Audio Input Jack, and Bluetooth Streaming Audio)
  • Volkswagen KESSY Keyless Access and Start System
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Wrapped Multi Function Steering Wheel

A $495 Wheel Package adds seventeen inch aluminum alloy wheels and tires, in place of the base sixteen inch steel wheels and tires.

The new 2017 Tiguan Limited will be available beginning in September 2017, at Volkswagen dealerships across the United States.

Tiguan Limited will no longer be sold after model year 2018.

Chassis (first generation, 2007-2017)

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. A quick look through VW's parts system for the Tiguan reveals that a 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.

Second generation (2016–present)

Second generation
VW Tiguan 2.0 TSI BlueMotion Technology 4MOTION Sound (II) %E2%80%93 Frontansicht, 24. Dezember 2017, D%C3%BCsseldorf
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Production 2016–present
Assembly Germany: Wolfsburg
Mexico: Puebla[15]
India: Ranjangaon
Malaysia: Pekan (HA)
Body and chassis
Class SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive/Four-wheel-drive
Platform MQB
Chassis Unitary construction Steel Stamping
  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) with sport mode and Tiptronic function
  • 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) with sport mode and Tiptronic function
  • 8-speed Torque Converter with sport mode and Tiptronic function
Wheelbase SWB: 2,681 mm (105.6 in)
LWB: 2,791 mm (109.9 in)
Length SWB: 4,486 mm (176.6 in)
LWB: 4,712 mm (185.5 in)
Width 1,839 mm (72.4 in)
Height 1,673 mm (65.9 in)
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 110TSI Trendline 2WD wagon (2017-11-18) 02
Volkswagen Tiguan 110TSI Trendline (Australia)
VW Tiguan Allspace Comfortline 4MOTION (II) %E2%80%93 Heckansicht, 10. Mai 2018, D%C3%BCsseldorf
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Comfortline (Germany)

The second generation Tiguan was unveiled at the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt. The Tiguan Mark II and the Audi Q3 Mark II are built on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform.[16] The model is produced at Wolfsburg, Puebla and Kaluga.

It is now produced in both short wheelbase and long wheelbase versions. The SWB Tiguan is available in Europe; the LWB variant is sold in Europe, North America, China, and other markets. For North America, a 2.0 liter TSI four cylinder gasoline engine is mated with an eight speed Torque Converter automatic transmission. In certain markets, namely those where the Tiguan is sold in both 5 seater and 7 seater variants, the 7 seater Tiguan carries the name "Tiguan Allspace".


News of the second generation Tiguan was first revealed after the Frankfurt IAA. Pricing and specifications were made available in July 2016, with the local press releasing details to the market.[17]


The second generation Volkswagen Tiguan was launched in Malaysia in April 2017. It was offered with two variants: Comfortline and Highline. Both variants were locally assembled, front wheel drive only and powered by a 1.4 litre TSI engine [18]

See also


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  3. ^ "Калужский завод". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Is Auto 5000 the model for Volkswagen's future?". International Herald Tribune via The New York Times, Carter Dougherty. 2006-10-05.
  5. ^ Pettendy, Marton (2011-05-26). "Full details: Volkswagen tinkers with Tiguan". GoAuto. John Mellor. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  6. ^ "Volkswagen Tiguan Wins IIHS Safety Award". Auto Trends. 2008-08-22. Archived from the original on 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  7. ^ "Deep Drive: 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan". Consumer Guide Auto, Don Sikora II. 2008-05-28. Archived from the original on 2010-03-25.
  8. ^ "2018 Volkswagen Tiguan seven-seater confirmed to be built in Mexico". Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  9. ^ "Photos of Weekend Car Crash That Killed General Manager of Shanghai Volkswagen". Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  10. ^ Euro NCAP. "VW Tiguan". Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  11. ^ Report
  12. ^ "Safety ratings". Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  13. ^ "2016 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV AWD". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
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  15. ^ "Lista la primera carrocería del Volkswagen Tiguan 2017 en Puebla". Autocosmos. 2016-06-13. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
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  18. ^ "New Volkswagen Tiguan launched in Malaysia - 1.4 TSI Comfortline and Highline, CKD from RM148,990". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2017-04-05. Retrieved 2018-09-19.

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