2019 VW Tiguan Review, Plug-in Hybrid GTE Active model

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It has been nine years since Volkswagen introduced the first Tiguan model. In that time, compact SUV segment changed a lot, and now, the 2019 VW Tiguan is coming to the markets with plenty of refreshments.

The new Tiguan is totally redesigned and offers cutting-edge technology inside the cabin. On top of that, Tiguan is one of the roomiest SUV’s in its segment and offers one of the best warranty as well. The upcoming 2019 Tiguan is a much more competitive SUV and is more attractive than before.

2019 VW Tiguan front

2019 VW Tiguan will ride on a longer Wheelbase

The newest 2019 VW Tiguan now rides on a longer wheelbase and is about 11 inches longer, which meet the expectations of American car market. Increased size means more legroom and better cargo capacity too. On top of that, Tiguan manages to gain more chiseled look with edges and lines that are looking sharper than on the outgoing model. Full-size Atlas share a lot of similarities with new Tiguan, with the same front grille, front bumper, and headlights.

The lines on the hood are more subtle and the rear suffered a more horizontal approach that looks both sleek and nice as a result. The new VW’s SUV is likely to come with new set of colors, and one of them is Habanero Orange Metallic paint. The R-Line package makes the Tiguan a sportier SUV and it offers unique 20-inch alloy wheels.

2019 VW Tiguan Interior Details

Both the interior and its equipment will remain in the same organization. The cabin layout looks simple and practical, and there is a use of high-quality materials. The tech features are up to the latest standards and that includes digital instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation.

The touchscreen is easy to use and it responds great on swiping motions. Higher trim levels or specifically SEL Premium model comes with leather seats, sunroof, and premium Fender sound system.

Both front seats and steering wheel are available with a heating option.

Safety Features

The 2019 Tiguan is very safe SUV. The latest safety amenities like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, parking camera system, forward collision warning and blind-spot monitoring are all included.

2019 VW Tiguan interior

2019 VW Tiguan Engine

It is an odd situation under the hood of 2019 VW Tiguan. The situation is not improving, as the same old 2.0-liter powertrain is still the only option. Moreover, horsepower is lower than on the outgoing model, 184 HP compared to the previous 200 HP. On the other hand, torque is slightly better to 221 lb-ft. The newly Tiguan hits 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds with an all-wheel-drive setup. That time is nowhere near the class-leading Honda CR-V’s 7.6 seconds.

The 4Motion system is also available and it includes driver-selectable modes. The customers can now change modes like On-Road, Off-Road and Custom Off-Road. The On-Road model comes with additional modes, Normal, Sport, Eco and Custom.

2019 VW Tiguan Towing Capacity

The 2.0-liter drivetrain uses an 8-speed automatic transmission and it can tow up to 2,200 pounds. This is ideal numbers for larger loads. Furthermore, the model will be able to pull camping house, tow small motorcycle or water/snow jetskis.

2019 VW Tiguan rear

2019 VW Tiguan Price, Release Date and Competitors

The price of an all-new 2019 VW Tiguan ranges around $27,000 and we can expect new Volkswagen’s SUV to hit the markets in late 2018.

2019 VW Tiguan GTE Active model

The German company will also offer a much more attractive plug-in hybrid model that is called 2019 VW Tiguan GTE Active. This SUV is the first time presented to the public on Frankfurt auto show. Its design, engine and the tech are the features that make this model different from the base one. It comes with very attractive and recognized Dragon Red paint.

However, this is not all changes, the Hybrid model will also posses strips in the air-vent, attractive alum wheels with 45/70R-16 tires, C-shaped fog lamps and unique grill.

2019 VW Tiguan GTE front

Interior Difference

As for the interior changes compared to the base one Tiguan, the 2019 VW Tiguan GTE active will be equipped with much more bigger 9.2-inch high-resolution display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity and Mirror Link. The seats of this model are more comfortable with GTE logo on it.

2019 VW Tiguan GTE interior

2019 VW Tiguan GTE Active plug-in hybrid system

As we already said this model comes with the plug-in hybrid system. The engine that will power this SUV is a mighty 2.0-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors. One of the engines will power the front and will make around 54 HP. The next one electric motor will be connected to rear with an output of 114 HP. Furthermore, this hybrid model comes with a 2,4 kW lithium-ion battery that will give on the all-electric drive around 20 miles.

With all that engines the new 2019 VW Tiguan GTE active will come with a total output of 221 HP. This model is able to run from o to 60 mph in 6,4 sec with the top speed of 120 mph. As for nonofficial rumors the new plug-in hybrid model will cost around $50,000.

2019 VW Tiguan GTE rear


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  1. Alexander Dubovoy |

    I still love more compact Tiguan old model. For two people we do not need huge space and our friends as we are will look for different SUV than Tiguan. Now VW does not have no longer compact SUV it is very bad for VW lovers


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