So we got a 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

So we got a 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

As part of our fresh look at VW’s line-up, we’ve picked up a 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TSI Sport&Style R-Line 4MOTION DSG. A facelift of this model has already been revealed, but it won’t differ much from this tester, aside from a new face. The ridiculously-long name also hints at several specifications, although all of it is not marked out with badges on the body.

The “Sport&Style” trim means this is the road-biased model, so it comes with a nicer front bumper, lower and aerodynamic.

The “2.0 TSI” and “DSG” bits mean it has the engine and gearbox from a Golf GTI. The “4MOTION” means it is all-wheel-drive. And the “R-Line” pack adds some exterior bits, 19-inch wheels and sports suspension.

The interior is suitably premium, given its price, with touchscreen navigation, panoramic glass roof, soft-touch upper trim and more R-Line bits such as aluminium pedals. Yet Bluetooth and USB are optional, and not fitted in our tester.

Space up front is excellent, and there are plenty of storage spaces. It is all very practical. The only ergonomic gripe is that the a/c vents, as many as eight individual ones, all point towards your face.

Rear space is also excellent, and the bench can move front and back. There are rear a/c vents and pop-out cup-holders near the middle. An odd addition are those fold-out airplane-style trays.

Cargo volume is pretty good, although not as much as larger competitors such as the Honda CR-V or the Chevy Captiva. The rear seats fold down to increase room.

The VW Tiguan, with the R-Line package, really is just a sporty hatchback on stilts, and drives like one too. More in the full review.

What do you think?



  1. Mash,me &sameer offically offer our invaluable service in these trying times.

    All in the best interest of Drive Arabia fans.

    Honestly,do you have a count of the number of pending reveiws?

    Its high time you get more writers on board,

  2. @MHC – How Tiguan differs with RAV4 … also in price.

  3. ah! this full review I got to read :). Premium or not, I like the Tiguan…so cmon Mash, try and get the full review soon 🙂

  4. Frankly, I started to feel like this “News” section is just to show ushow many cars you are getting, where in the hell are the full reviews? Ronnie, do you agree? any way, I’m on vacation now and have nothing to do, do you have any planned meeting soon like the one you didwith the charger?

  5. Hi Mash,

    Just saw the new Jeep Compass being offered in today’s gulf news, It will be a better choice than this one.

    BTW you ultimate buyer guide has stopped on the compass after 2008.

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      The Compass was quietly cancelled here long ago. It probably still sucks, because the new one has been available here for a month now, but they never announced it, except in that ad today.

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