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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Driving Impressions


Turbo or not, the power-to-weight ratio of the Tiguan is not high, and the eight-speed automatic transmission can’t help it feel faster. The power is smooth at lower revs when accelerating, as torque is strong as early as 1600 rpm. The Tiguan takes off like a rocket, but at higher revs it runs out of breath.

The eight-speed automatic is tentative about downshifting for acceleration, and in fact seems a bit dull about most needs. The upshifts are crisp, although it’s programmed to short shift a lot (meaning it upshifts early at low revs), to gain fuel mileage.

The ride is easy and the handling competent. It feels softer than before. So does the steering, which is light, and doesn’t seem to get tighter or quicker in Sport mode.

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