Volkswagen is taking advantage of the restyling of its Tiguan to equip it with a new version previously in the catalog. With 320 hp, the Tiguan R goes into another dimension, that of sporty compact SUVs. We had the opportunity to take the wheel in preview. The claimed services are there, which makes it a completely new offer among general manufacturers. The premiums have better watch out!
After its little brother the T-Roc, the Tiguan also adopts an R version. A great first for this compact family-oriented SUV. With the Golf, the Arteon and the Touareg, that makes five R-branded models in the catalog. A beautiful sporty range! But it is surely the Tiguan which has the most potential since it sells better than the Golf in the whole world.
The Tiguan already benefited from an R-Line finish, compatible with all the engines in the catalog. Cosmetics especially, since in this case no engine optimization is carried out. But when you discover this new Tiguan R, there is no room for doubt: largely openwork shield with a devastating look, vertical grille incorporating chrome bars and an R logo. The front end clearly gains in character, while sporting a more premium style.
An effect accentuated by the new optics with a sharper look, now in harmony with the Golf. But also by its new blue shade “Lapis-lazuli”, superb. In profile, the Ride height lowered by 10 mm and rims by 21 inches make the silhouette more athletic by filling the wheel wells well. While at the rear, a roof spoiler completes the range, with the help of an optional Akrapovic exhaust system, integrated within a large diffuser. Four titanium outputs and very functional besides, which are heard from the start. But we will come back to that.
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Giant palettes and an R key
On board, no revolution in terms of atmosphere, but the optimization is also there: very beautiful enveloping bucket seats with the R logo, blue stitching everywhere, accompanied by imitation carbon inserts and some satin blue elements of the more beautiful effect, especially on the steering wheel. It is beautiful and tasteful. The materials go up in range, each element is perfectly adjusted. And the equipment is plethoric. We can observe in particular the integration of the new 100% tactile multimedia system. The border with premium is narrowing. Although we would have appreciated the presence of electric seats. An option rarely present on German test vehicles in this category.
There is also the driving mode selector at the bottom of the gear lever. But the most interesting concerns the steering wheel, integrating large pallets attached to the arch (see the pictures). More accessible than those of the classic models, they fall better in hand. We also note that an R key appears on the steering wheel: a shortcut to release all the character of the machine with a click.
0 to 100 in less than 5 seconds?
And in practice, the term gear is not exaggerated, because the character of this Tiguan R is not lacking. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI develops the trifle of 320 hp for the occasion. We do not yet have official times but we are talking about a 0 to 100 km / h shot in about 5 seconds. Maybe even less. That is to say a few tenths faster than its cousin the Cupra Ateca (5.2 s), already strong with 300 hp.
Mode R engaged, the counters change from green to blue and change position. Steering and suspension are firmer. And the exhaust flaps open wide. We then find the sound of the Golf R. The rumble becomes much more sensational, especially since it is well assisted during acceleration by the pronounced whistle of the turbo. We even take advantage of small deflagrations when lifting the foot. Not discreet for a penny, but nice.
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Very well installed, you immediately have the feeling of being on board a high-end vehicle. Featuring large 21 inch rims mounted on low profile 255/35 tires, it is obvious that it’s closed. Without being caricature for all that. Satisfactory comfort is in fact retained for everyday driving thanks to the controlled suspension acting on the damping flexibility, depending on the driving mode engaged.
But in dynamic driving, the Tiguan is transfigured. Concretely, the high center of gravity is very sensitive, on the other hand the stability is perfectly at the rendezvous in the most sporty mode. Despite its weight of 1.7 tonnes, the body remains well seated on its supports, even in curves.
Yet, clearly, it works hard! With 420 Nm of maximum torque sent suddenly with each acceleration, we almost have the feeling of overflowing mechanics, which is not the case at any time. The nasty mechanical character is perfectly contained by the new 4motion transmission. Best of all, it can even make driving almost fun.
Indeed, efficiency remains unperturbed thanks to the new all-wheel drive ensuring flawless traction. But little novelty: this transmission becomes more efficient, by being now able to distribute the torque between the two rear wheels and no longer simply between the two axles. So, up to 100% of the torque can be sent to one of the rear wheels outside the turn!
In practice, in terms of behavior, with its low-profile tires, its sharp front end and its responsive suspension, we find ourselves behind the wheel of a hell of a toy! The rear rolls up effortlessly and understeer becomes non-existent. The tightest curves are crossed with astonishing balance and agility.
Only electronic aids (which can be deactivated) will intervene a little early to calm excess heat. But we still remember that the Tiguan has become an almost imposing SUV and that if we are looking for even more agility, it is possible to move towards the T-Roc which rests on the Golf platform.
A unique offer
This Tiguan R has not yet arrived in dealerships. The prices have not yet been formalized. But we’re talking about 60,000 euros, for this model which will necessarily be well equipped as standard. Although, the seats of our test model were completely devoid of any electrification.
Price to which it will be necessary to add a penalty of around 10,000 euros in 2021. It nevertheless retains an unprecedented “performance / price” ratio, compared to the competition. Premium models, whether Audi, BMW or Mercedes in particular, are much more expensive.
Otherwise, at VW the alternative is called Tiguan Hybrid. It is the second most powerful offer available in the catalog. But that’s another story.
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