Since January 2022, the regulations for state subsidies for plug-in hybrids in Germany have been significantly tightened. This primarily affects the large-format and heavy SUV models with a range of less than 60 kilometers. In order to continue to receive financial support from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), registered plug-in hybrids have had to extend their electric range to 2022 kilometers since January 60. The Tiguan in its current configuration meets these requirements.
The typical configuration for plug-in hybrids at Volkswagen is currently the 1,4l turbo petrol engine with 110 kW (150 hp) coupled with an 86 kW (117 hp) electric motor. The system output achieved is 180 kW (245 hp) with a maximum torque of 400 Nm, which is transferred to the road by the 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. In the test, we only had to make small compromises in the size of the trunk (476 to 1516l) compared to the conventionally motorized models.
Customers who plan to travel long distances will quickly become friends with the current Tiguan. The proven and ergonomically well thought-out operating concept appeals to both traditional VW customers and potential new customers. The Tiguan offers a very high level of seating comfort and can therefore be used optimally for longer business or holiday trips.
With the R-Line, Volkswagen is adding a few additional accents to the exterior. This is ensured by the emphasis on the lines and an R logo in the radiator grille. On the other hand, the two functionless, large-format exhaust covers seem too playful. In the interior, the central multifunction display is easily accessible with a slight inclination towards the driver and the touch controls are well structured and easy to use. A few delicacies such as the multifunction steering wheel in leather or the fully digital cockpit are contemporary and increase driving comfort.
In view of the drastically rising fuel prices, consumption is becoming an increasingly important criterion. We were able to test the Tiguan extensively over a period of two weeks and drove it in a third mix in city traffic, on country roads and on the motorway. On average, we used 5 to 7 liters of Super E10 in summer weather conditions, depending on the route profile.
A few nice gimmicks are driver assistance systems, which Volkswagen summarizes under the abbreviation IQ-Drive. The automatic distance control ensures a defined distance to the vehicle in front, with this adaptive driving control you can cope with long-distance journeys in a relaxed manner. Combined with an optional navigation system, the official speed limits are also adopted and the vehicle automatically drives at the maximum permissible speed. With a few exceptions (construction site signs), it also works in driving practice.
tradition and digitization
Proactive occupant protection is also relevant if the system detects a critical situation. The front seat belts are then automatically tightened and the windows are closed. Pedestrian detection ensures automated braking at critical moments. Of course, the lane departure warning system can also be used, and the double-clutch transmission makes stop-and-go traffic on the construction site easier.
Volkswagen is currently still running two large lines in the passenger car sector, the traditional models are being converted to mild hybrid and hybrid technology and the ID lines form the future of electromobility. The Tiguan as a plug-in hybrid is still one of the traditionalists with extensive digitization in the R line.
The combination with the electric motor brings up to 50 kilometers for short-distance traffic in purely electric driving under practical summer conditions. In its current configuration, the revised Tiguan offers plenty of space, sophisticated assistance systems and reasonable fuel consumption for a vehicle weight of 1,8 tons. Above all, it can be used flexibly as a business and touring car.
Test from summer 2022
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