Benefits Of Permanent All Wheel Drive Gives The Vw Tiguan An Edge

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Available permanent all-wheel drive gives the VW Tiguan an edge.

Taking delivery of an outgoing model year vehicle is always a bit of a challenge. On the one hand, customers are looking for information about the very latest model. On the other hand, if the differences between the two are minimal — as I soon found with the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan — then just getting the opportunity to drive one is all that’s needed.

That said, my test subject 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line model is now called a 2017 Tiguan Sport. The same renaming transition took place for the SE as it has been replaced by the Wolfsburg edition. Yes, there are a few trim differences, but essentially they’re the same grades, but with new names.

The 2016 Tiguan is offered in S, SE, R-Line, Sport, and SEL trims. One powertrain combination is available: a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.

The front-wheel drive model makes an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive version comes in at 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. This model takes premium gasoline.

TIGer + igUANa = TIGUAN

Certainly, the Tiguan name isn’t one that easily rolls off the tongue. Pronounced TIG-wohn, the name is not quite a portmanteau of two words, rather it is a unique melding of the same. Take half a tiger and half an iguana and you have the whole of a…

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