Long Term Updates

Date: January 2024

Date: February 2024

It’s hard to keep us out of the driver’s seat of our Integra, but our latest addition will try to do just that… this 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan.

This “larger than compact” SUV arrived in range-topping SEL R-Line, offering a cozy commuter experience with leather seating, a Fender sound system, and a 10-and-a-quarter-inch digital gauge panel. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbo-four, making 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. Although all-wheel drive is optional on most trims, it’s standard on our SEL R-Line.

We’ve gotten over the fact that R-Line trim doesn’t add any performance to the Tiguan because it’s already good as-is. The engine is torquey and even though the steering is relatively light, it still feels quick and accurate. So, there’s really no need to mess with a good thing.

Tiguan styling is tidy and business like, making it a great choice for those who like to express their practicality. We’ll see how much attention it grabs over its month long stay with us.

Date: March 2024Mileage: 2,500

“Easy come, not so easy to let go.” That’s one way to summarize our month-long stint with this 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan. We know that’s way shorter than normal for a long-term tester; but we really made the most of our four weeks behind the wheel, including a trip down south for our winter track testing in Savannah, Georgia.

That contributed about 1,300 miles to our 2,500-mile total. And in one month of testing, we managed an average of 24.3 miles-per-gallon of regular– on par with combined ratings for an SEL R-Line with 4Motion all-wheel drive; and the eight-speed automatic makes great use of all 184-horsepower combusted by the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four.

Going beyond efficiency, this Tiguan proved very easy to live with thanks to a practical form factor and comfortable ride.

This Tiguan was only with us for a short time, but considering it maintained just about everything we’ve loved about it over the years, we quickly got used to having it around. Despite this third generation’s age, the ride is still as good, if not better than many of its newer competitors. So, it’s safe to say the Volkswagen MQB platform has aged well.

Some would argue that the touch-sensitive controls have not aged well, but we quickly got the hang of them. And all the convenience features they control are worth the effort. The Tiguan’s cabin, combined with the ride quality, made it a favorite for hauls long and short, and one we will miss!