What: VW Tiguan launch in Malaysia
When: 16 October 2008
Where: Volkswagen Group
Heidi Klum and what’s-his-face with their Tiguans
People will often tell you, “stick to what you’re good at” or “you’re already so good at what you’re doing currently, why would you want to make things more complicated?” There are many of us who will actually heed all these warnings and crawl back into our little shells known as our comfort zone. And there will be the select few who will throw caution to the wind and just do it! Because for these few, not doing something is far worse than the prospect of failure in the process. As they will all tell you; from failure is where you reap the most knowledge and experience to succeed.
This little anecdote brings us to my subject of the day, which is the new Volkswagen Tiguan. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past 12 months, this is VW’s first foray into the midi SUV or “soft-roader” category. A segment of which much as in Western Europe as it is in Malaysia has been traditionally monopolized by the Japanese in the form of the Honda CRV and while not so much in the case of Malaysia the Toyota RAV4. The RAV4, due to the fact that it is a CBU from
This is when VW jumped up and said “We want a piece of that pie too!” (or more likely “Ich möchte pie abessen” or something like that; excuse my rubbish German) The name Tiguan is actually a play on the word “Tiger” and “Iguana” in German, and for the first time ever, VW actually had a poll in a popular motoring magazine to let the public decide on the name of this car. I am personally very relieved that we’ve ended up with Tiguan, for the runner ups were Nanuk, Namib, and Rockton (*cringe).
The right size
Let’s get right down to the car itself. The Tiguan is based on the current Golf platform, which is actually a good thing considering it’s high structural rigidity. At 4457mm it’s about the same length as the current VW Jetta. Against the competition, its sized right smack in between the Honda and the
Dimensions: “Sports & Style” (top) and “Track & Field”
Seal and Heidi
The Tiguan comes with 2 different fronts, much like the transgenders you find in the dodgier streets of
The “Sports & Style” (left) and “Track & Field”
Look ma’ no hands!
Also coming as a standard feature in Malaysian Tiguan (it’s a £450 option in the
The Tiguan for
4 is better than 2, I think
As expected from any self respectable SUV, this 4X4 actually comes with 4X4, or in the VW world, 4Motion. This system bears more similarities to the Golf R32 rather than the Touareg. This is because just like the Golf the power is distributed by a Haldex clutch instead of a transfer case found in most 4X4s. For a start this system is more cost effective than the former system, and since the Clutch pack coupling system is located at the rear axle it also means you don’t have to leave generous space between the gearbox and the prop/drive shaft. Basically less cost, less weight and less space consuming ultimately means the less your wallet will be hurt in case something goes wrong. Power distribution is 90%-10% (Front-Rear), which is achieved via the intentional slippage of the clutch plates. The reason behind this front-wheel-drive minded set-up as opposed to the “true blue” SUV 50-50 set-up of the Touareg or the sporty 38-62 Porsche Cayenne is because this gives the Tiguan the opportunity to reap the benefits of front-wheel-drive cars such as better fuel efficiency and better tire wear and tear.
…and I’d like to thank the Academy
So far the Tiguan has already been voted the No.1 Off-roader/SUV and given the Auto 1 Award early this year by more than 40 million readers of Auto Bild group.
So what’s it gonna cost me?
To enjoy this innovative marvel of German technology, one will have to cough up just under a quarter of a million ringgit or RM249,888 to be exact. Of course we all know that more than 50% of this goes into the Tabung Mengkayakan Negara (a.k.a. Customs Excise Duties). So with all things equal, you do get quite a package in this Tiger-Iguana from Wolfsberg.
Price: RM249,888 (without registration and insurance)
Engine/power: 2.0l 200PS turbocharged petrol in-line 4
Transmission: 6 speed Tiptronic
Wheels: 235/55 R17
Sweet extras at no extra costs:
- Off-road mode
- Parallel Park Assist system
- Advanced Front lighting System (bending cornering lights)
- Bi-Xenon headlights
- Servotronic steering system
- RCD510 Touch screen infotainment system
- Front, curtain, and side (front only) airbags
leather seats Vienna
- Cruise control
- Rain sensor