2014 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line (Review)

The Tiguan R-Line is a compact crossover and one of the most exciting vehicles Volkswagen has presented this year with new design features, enhanced exterior details, a sportier look, and impressive on the road performance.

Unlike the standard Tiguan trim, the R-Line adds aggressive and sporty styling features, such as Mallory 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, better driving dynamics, body-colored side-skirts exhibiting chrome trim, HID headlamps, LED plate lighting, wheel arch extensions, R-Line badge on the front grille, a roof spoiler, power folding side mirrors, and Bi-Xenon lights with LED daytime operating lights.

The Tiguan R-Line comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged TSI engine, 200 horsepower, and 207 lb. ft of torque. The R-Line is available with either front-wheel-drive or 4Motion all-wheel-drive configuration and features a six-speed automatic transmission and has a hauling capacity of 2200 pounds.

On the road, the Tiguan R-Line is a strong performer and fuel efficient for its class, yielding an estimated 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. For a compact crossover vehicle these are good numbers, however, the Volkswagen Golf TDI offers much better fuel economy with a diesel engine that has similar fuel efficiency of a Prius and is great for long road trips.

Interior features of the R-Line are quite impressive and include power-front leather seats, “metallic-finish” dash and door trim, a flat-bottomed R-Line leather wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters; stainless-steel pedals, R-Line scuff plates, a black headliner, soft touch controls, two-tone instrument panel, and a large, panoramic sunroof.

The front and rear cabin of the Tiguan R-Line are spacious with plenty of head/legroom for taller passengers and the panoramic sunroof helps make the interior feel even more spacious than it already is with a brighter, open, and “airy” feel that is like no other. The entire dashboard and console area is stylish and classy with decipherable and easy to reach controls and the interior lighting is visually appealing and makes the Tiguan stand out from other compact crossover vehicles in its class. On the highway, the cabin is quiet, undisturbed, and the award winning Fender Sound System is amazing and comes standard on all Tiguan models. The audio system features a 10-channel 400 watt amplifier, 8 speakers, and a rear subwoofer.

Even though the R-line does not add more horsepower, it does come equipped with larger 19-inch wheels, paddle shifters, and has a stronger sport suspension, which helps give the vehicle more powerful performance and better handling on the road.

Safety features include- anti-lock braking system with front and rear disc brakes, electronic stability control, 3-point safety belts, side airbags, driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system, child seat anchors, and tire pressure monitoring system.

There are five Tiguan trim models to choose from, with the base S having a MSRP of about $23,000 and the R-Line starting at around $36,500. This price point is a little higher than some of the Tiguan’s American and Japanese competitors, but with all that the vehicle offers in terms of unique styling, stunning detailing, power, and excellent handling, I think it is well worth the price.

The Volkswagen Tiguan is not as popular as the Jetta, but it is a premium vehicle, available for a premium price for people desiring one of the best vehicles Volkswagen has ever made. Yes, the Tiguan R-Line is a bit more expensive, but it has an exquisite and quiet interior, smooth performance, looks great, is powerful, and is more enjoyable to drive than the majority of its competitors.

To find out more about the new 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line, please visit-http://www.vw.com/

 

 

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