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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.

Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Nav TSi 1.4.jpg
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV (J)
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFF layout
AWD layout

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 Puebla assembly plant in Mexico.[8]


First generation (2007–2017)Edit

First generation
2009–present (China)
2017–2018 as Tiguan Limited
AssemblyGermany: Wolfsburg, Osnabruck
China: Shanghai (SAIC VW)
Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City (World Auto)
Body and chassis
PlatformVolkswagen Group B6 (PQ46)
RelatedAudi 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
EnginePetrol engines:
1.4 L TSI 122 PS (90 kW) I4
1.4 L TSI 150 PS (110 kW) I4
2.0 L TSI 250 PS (184 kW) I4
2.0 L TSI 350 PS (257 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
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed DSG dual-clutch
7-speed DSG dual-clutch
Wheelbase2,604 mm (102.5 in)
Length2008–2011: 4,427 mm (174.3 in)
2012–2017: 4,432 mm (174.5 in)
Width1,809 mm (71.2 in)
Height2008–2011: 1,686 mm (66.4 in)
2012–2017: 65.6 in (1,666 mm)

Trim levelsEdit

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.



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.

The 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.


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 NCAPEdit

Euro NCAP test results
VW Tiguan 2.0 diesel (2009)[10]
Test Points %
Adult occupant: 31 87%
Child occupant: 39 79%
Pedestrian: 17 48%
Safety assist: 5 71%

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)Edit

Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Marginal[12]
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good


2016 Tiguan AWD NHTSA[13]
Frontal Driver:      
Frontal Passenger:      
Side Driver:      
Side Passenger:      
Side Pole Driver:      
Rollover AWD:       18.5%

Facelift (2011) (B7)Edit

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

Post facelift styling

Tiguan Limited (2017-2018)Edit

In April 2017, Volkswagen USA announced that it would continue to sell its outgoing Tiguan alongside the second generation model, rebranding it as the Volkswagen Tiguan Limited. Due to slow sales compared to the second generation model, the Tiguan Limited was discontinued after the 2018 model year.

Second generation (2016–present)Edit

Second generation (5N)
AssemblyGermany: Wolfsburg
Mexico: Puebla[15]
India: Aurangabad
Malaysia: Pekan (HA)
Algeria: Relizane[16]
Body and chassis
ChassisUnitary construction Steel Stamping
  • 1.4 litre TSI I4
  • 1.5 litre TSI evo I4
  • 2.0 litre TSI I4
  • 2.0 litre TDI I4
  • 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
WheelbaseSWB: 2,681 mm (105.6 in)
LWB: 2,791 mm (109.9 in)
LengthSWB: 4,486 mm (176.6 in)
LWB: 4,712 mm (185.5 in)
Width1,839 mm (72.4 in)
Height1,673 mm (65.9 in)
Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace R-Line
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Comfortline

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.[17] The model is produced at Wolfsburg, Puebla and Kaluga. It is now produced in both short wheelbase and long wheelbase versions.

The SWB (Short Wheel Base) Tiguan is available in Europe; the LWB (Long Wheel Base) variant is sold in Europe, North America, China, and other markets. For North America, a 2.0 litre TSI four cylinder gasoline engine is mated with an eight speed Torque Converter automatic transmission.

In those markets where the Tiguan is sold in both SWB and LWB variants, the LWB 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.[18]


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. [19]


The second generation Tiguan was launched by SAIC Volkswagen. Only the LWB variant is available, which is marketed as Tiguan L. There are 3 trim levels available: 280TSI, 330TSI and 380TSI. All models are locally assembled.


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