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RGV Life Magazine Issue#4

The latest edition of RGV Life Magazine

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan King of the Concrete Jungle Page 21 A renewed SUV push is now underway to try to make up for lost time, starting with the three-row Atlas and continuing with the second-generation Tiguan that’s considerably bigger than its Euro-centric predecessor. The new, bigger Tig now is one of the largest entries in the com pact-crossover segment, with its 185.1-inch length exceeding the old Tiguan’s by nearly an entire foot and eclipsing key rivals such as the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, and the Nissan Rogue. We’re getting the long-wheelbase version of the new Tiguan in the States (there’s a short-wheelbase version already on sale in Europe), and it’s capacious enough that VW saw fit to offer a third row of seats, a rarity in this class. The Rogue and the Mitsubishi Outlander are the only other crossovers this size that can lay claim to seven-passenger capacity, and those claims are dubious—as anyone who has tried to stuff a passenger over five-feet tall into their third rows will understand. As in the size-XL Atlas, the Tiguan’s packaging is a strong suit. Yes, the third row works best as a kids-only zone, but adults will fit in a pinch. The roomy second row is an especially nice place to spend time. It reclines, slides fore and aft, and features well-sculpted padding in addition to air vents and a USB port. All front-wheel-drive Tiguans come with seven seats, but the third row is a $500 option on all-wheel-drive models. (Blame the feds for that weird anomaly: Front-drive models need the third row in order to be classified as a light truck; all-wheel-drive versions don’t.) The key downside to the new Tiguan’s ballooning size is that it loses the previous-generation’s Golf-on-stilts character, which made it one of the more entertaining small crossovers to drive. The new Tiguan is less eager. It rides softly and rolls considerably in corners; even though it shares its basic MQB bones with the fabulous-driving seventh-generation Golf, the combination of the Tiguan’s extra weight versus that car and the relaxed tuning of the primary controls removes a considerable degree of responsiveness from the chassis. The electrically assisted steering rack is overboosted and lacks on-center feel, turn-in is lazy, and the brake pedal is a bit mushy. Volkswagen clearly prioritized quiet comfort over athleticism, and the Tiguan tracks straight down the freeway and features a quiet and plush ride, qualities that will please family-minded shoppers. If you would like to Test Drive the All New Re-Designed 2018 VW Tiguan. Please contact your local dealer. Payne Volkswagen/ Mitsubishi 4017 N. Expressway Brownsville, Texas 78520 www.paynebrownsville.com 956-295-6862 ask for Roger Davila

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