Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line

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The Apple CarPlay integration was excellent, as is always the case with VW.  Sound quality from the Fender audio system was very good.

DRIVING THE 2019 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN SEL PREMIUM R-LINE

For a hefty crossover, the Tiguan R-Line presents the driver with a combination sporty handling characteristics and refined road manners.  We found the steering to be quite responsive and the car easily morphed from boulevard cruiser to one that enjoyed the winding parkways of the New York metropolitan area.

While 184 horses doesn’t sound like a lot for a crossover of this size, the 2.0 liter four banger did reasonably well in acceleration although we would put in a request for more than 221 pound-feet of torque for passing.

Volkswagen doesn’t skimp with driver-assistance and safety features.  The Tiguan comes with multiple active-safety features including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, radar adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, automatic high-beams, rear-view camera, and lane-keeping assist. We found that the LED headlights with adaptive front lighting did an excellent job of not only following but anticipating the car’s path and lighting the way.

BOTTOM LINE

The Tiguan in R-Line guise sets the crossover apart from the sea of white crossovers one is wont to find on roads and highways today and the impressive handling and passenger space make it almost mandatory to include the Tiguan on one’s short list when looking at vehicles in this class

THE DETAILS

2019 VW Tiguan Premium R-Line
Base price/price-as-tested $38,895/$39,890
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque 184 / 221
Transmission 8-speed
Curb weight (lbs) 3,85
Wheelbase (inches) 109.8
Length x width x height (inches) 185.1 x 72.4 x 66.3
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 8.9
Fuel economy(mpg) (city/hwy) 22/29

Jonathan Spira contributed to this review.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

 

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