Volkswagen’s popular Tiguan has received a complete overhaul for its third generation. Since its debut in 2007, the Tiguan has sold over 7.6 million units worldwide, solidifying its position as one of Volkswagen’s best-selling models. The new 2024 model brings exciting updates, including the introduction of a plug-in hybrid version for the European market.
One of the standout features of the 2024 Tiguan is its redesigned exterior. The shape has become rounder and more aerodynamic, with flush and curved front fascia and headlights, and larger grille openings. As a result, the Tiguan’s drag coefficient has improved from 0.33 to 0.28. Additionally, the new generation is slightly longer than its predecessor, providing more cargo space. In the European model, the rear seats now offer 2.3 cubic feet of cargo space, an increase of 1.3 cubic feet.
The interior of the Tiguan has also been completely refreshed. It now features VW’s Digital Cockpit, a large 15-inch center touchscreen for the infotainment system, and a new multifunction OLED display for the driver. These upgrades enhance the overall driving experience and provide a more modern and intuitive interface for drivers and passengers.
In terms of engine options, European buyers will have a variety of choices, including turbo diesel, gas turbo, and mild hybrid engine options. However, the most significant addition is the plug-in hybrid option, a first for the Tiguan. Volkswagen claims that it will offer fast-charging capability and an impressive electric driving range of approximately 62 miles (100 kilometers). If this range holds true, it will surpass competitors like the Toyota RAV4 Prime and Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid, which offer up to 42 miles and 33 miles of EV range, respectively.
It’s important to note that European EV range measurements tend to be more generous than those in the United States. However, Volkswagen plans to introduce the U.S. spec Tiguan, based on the long wheelbase version of the crossover, sometime next year.