• Nov 30, 2006
For all it's flashy orange hue and muscular styling, nobody seems to much care about the Volkswagen Tiguan as it just cruises around. Looks pretty bitchin' to us, though, with that hulking profile and flared out fenders. You certainly don't think "prettied-up tall Golf" when you watch the video. The Tiguan is intended to take on the RAV-4 and CR-V, as well as European competition from the likes of BMW and Volvo. The Tiguan's end of the CUV market is heating up, and it will be interesting to watch how VW positions it in terms of pricing and options. Oh, and dig that "Clean TDI" diesel clatter we hear at the end.

Thanks to tipster Mikhal.

[Source: Volkswagen via AutoMotoPortal]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      To each his own. I love love LOVE the sound of the TDI diesel engine. Quiet/flat sounding engines are sooo boring. Mind you I'm not a racer, I just like a car with a little personality, and the TDI's definitely have that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm, I sort of wonder if they bumped up the sound level, or if that's even original audio. Well, I'm not a huge fan of how TDIs sound at low revs, but I find the growl enjoyable up around 3k (nevermind that my horsepower is already dropping by that point, but whatever ;-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Since it's too expensive new... I'll be looking for one slightly used and run biodiesel. Makes a nice daily driver.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There's nothing better than the VW diesel engine. Sign me up for a Tiguan!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like everything about it except for the front end; a bit too busy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The diesel engine sounds too loud :(
      • 8 Years Ago
      sounds like a tractor
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hate the noise, that alone puts me off from ever buying it. No matter how clean it may be.

      The looks are also not that great. I prefer some other similar models out there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chances are all those that hate the diesel sound we will not hear it here in the states anyways. More than likely the US will see the 2.5 5cyl and 2.0T, both which are in the Gen V cars out now...

      Production has been rumored to be in Wolfsburg so quality on these units should be top notch.

      This will be a great addition to the VW family!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      For a little over 4 years now I have been driving a Golf TDI and loving it. I only wish it was just a little bigger inside and had some decent ground clearance. Well, I see this Tiguan and I'm thinking PROBLEM SOLVED!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nobody cares about it because they threw away all the interesting styling of the Concept A. Other than the orange tires, which won't make it to production, it's no different stylistically than any other small SxV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For those who object to the TDI's noise level, I dare you to test-drive any TDI model. Within seconds of driving it, you will forget about the noise. Besides that, they are not actually that loud. It's the distinctive noise signature that draws attention from those not used to it. I left my TDI idling about 25 ft from a PT cruiser one day, that was also idling. Though you could hear the distinctive knock of the TDI, the Chrysler conventional 4-banger was actually louder overall. And, under any load whatsoever, the diesel knock disappears. Besides, nothing beats torque for driving experience. You can take about any mountain pass at 55 in top gear in a TDI. Try doing that with your Toy or Sub.
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