2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T Se R-Line: Driving joy remembered

1 Sep 2021 | 146 views | No Comment
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 T SE R-Line     By  Don Hammonds Now that we are closing in on the new models,  we thought it might be fun to remember some of the products we have enjoyed over the last year or so. The first thing that came to mind was Volkswagen's 2020 Tiguan 2.0 SE R-Line. At the time, VW's new looks were--and still are--bringing customers into the showroom--no small feat these days. I remember my teenager and his friend jumping for joy when the Tiguan pulled up, and its no surprise why. It had a reasonable price: $32,615. It looked good.  It handled well.  That's about all you need to know from teenagers who are riding in the back seat! Here's a list of other things we learned about the Tiguan when we were fortunate enough to make its debut: Performance: 2.0 liter turbocharged, four cylinder engine, with 4MOTION all wheel drive system with active control and driving mode selection. Needless to say, the Tiguan is a terrific handler on the road, and I found it to be quite responsive on the road. In fact, for me, it was one of the best handling, best performing compact SUV that I've driven in ages. If you're looking for fun driving in your SUV, you would be remiss in not checking out the Tiguan. Braking is smooth, and reassuring in how it corners and tackles the road. Economy: The Tiguan 2.0 SE R-Line  gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway, and uses 4.3 gallons per 100 miles of driving-- all of which I think is below average for its market segment.  I found myself going to the gas station more often than I would suspect with a car of this size. You will spend $1,250 more for fuel costs over a five year period compared to the average new vehicle with the 2020 Tiguan, according to the federal government.  Your annual fuel costs will be $1,7509 a year, assuming you drive 15,000 miles per year and are using gasoline costing $2.70 a gallon. The Car: I had not driven a Tiguan for a while; it was the first one I've driven in quite some time, in fact. I was pleased how versatile the Tiguan has become since the much smaller version that I drove some years ago.  It handles five passengers admirably with plenty of leg room and headroom, it has a reasonable amount of cargo room too. It's also a pretty good looking car--I think that the Tiguan and the Atlas Sport are the two best examples of Volkswagen styling and design for its SUVs. And by the way, you can jump into the Tiguan and instantly use any of its controls and its infotainment system.  It's way more intuitive than a good number of comparable products I could name. Safety features There's plenty with the Tiguan.  Features include Anti-Slip Regulation System; Engine Brake Assist; Electronic Brake Pressure Distribution; electronic differential lock; Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS); and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and Rear view camera system. Technology: ​Standard features for the Tiguan 2.0T SE R-Line include: 20 inch black alloy wheels with all season tires; dual zone automatic climate control; leather wrapped steering wheel with multi function features; heated drivers seat and front passenger seat; 10 way front power seats;40/20/40 split-folding slides & reclines with center armrest; black headliner, carpeted, illuminated cargo area; reading lights for both rows of seats; stainless steel pedal clusters; R Line metal front door sill scuff plates; park distance control, front and rear, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring (front Assist); blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert; hill hold control and hill descent control; color multi function display; Bluetooth connectivity; wireless charger; electronic parking brake and countless other items. Styling/Aesthetics: The styling of the Tiguan is rugged and classic looking. There aren't any  daring profile character lines or sleek roof design. But what is presented to you is a sturdy, subtle yet elegant design that frankly, is timeless.  I consider it to be one of the better styled compact SUVs on the road--and thank God, it doesn't look like everything else.  You see it and you know instantly it's a Volkswagen, and a pretty compelling looking one at that. Inside, you get a no-nonsense, but quite substantial looking instrument panel.  There's nothing here that you scare you to death, or send you scrambling in the glove box for an owners manual--and to me, that is a good thing.  Automotive interior design should be intuitive from the get-go, and you shouldn't have to spend precious time poring over a huge several inch think book just to operate the entertainment system, for instance. That's not cool.  Nor should there be a lot of ridiculous looking gizmos or odd operating controls for basic driving processes either. There's plenty of room  inside the Tiguan too. Warranty: 4 year/50,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty which includes coverage for powertrain components--which is more than competitive and a potential draw for consumers. There is two years/20,000 miles coverage for what VW calls "Carefree Scheduled Maintenance." And there's a 24-hour  Roadside Assistance program for three years of 36.000 miles, whichever comes first.  

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