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VW Tiguan TDI: Test drive report

VW Tiguan TDI

Great test drive report here with the VW Tiguan TDI. Make sure to read!

We sampled the 2012 Tiguan with the powertrain American enthusiasts would say they want: the all-wheel-drive diesel with a six-speed manual. Underhood, this VeeDub features the corporate 2.0-liter turbo-diesel, good for 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. (In comparison, the turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline-fed engine in the U.S.-market Tiguan makes 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.)

Would you be shocked to learn that the diesel is just as great an engine here as it is in the Golf, Jetta, and Passat? Despite the heft of the Tiguan—some 3850 pounds—Volkswagen’s ubiquitous diesel proved itself to be the little engine that could, hauling the crossover over treacherous unpaved flat, dry roads with enthusiasm. It remains a model for diesel refinement, with smooth and quiet operation.