2016 VW Tiguan and Previous Model Compared…

… on one page so you can spot the differences.

The new and old VW Tiguan. Images: MotorBildAutoEtLoisir
The new and old VW Tiguan. Images: MotorBildAutoEtLoisir

Here they are. The new one is the red one and the old one is not the red one.

Author: richard herriott

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25 thoughts on “2016 VW Tiguan and Previous Model Compared…”

  1. The new one looks wider and lower. I haven’t checked it if it actually is, but it’s in keeping with the latest iterations of the Golf and Passat. It makes the car the car look more robust and mature.

    1. You are very good at using designer-speak, Laurent. If the last one was also robust and mature, I think this one is robust and mature in a different way!

    2. That’s because I keep reading your prose.
      And no I don’t think the current one looks particularly mature. It’s too narow and toy-like for my liking.

  2. I have the impression that it has become a general trend to make new cars appear lower (finally!). I haven’t checked the actual heights, though. It’s interesting that they also do that on an SUV, isn’t it?

    1. That was good enough for a spontaneous, heart-felt giggle!

  3. The differences in maturity and robustness are meaningless. I don’t think about cars in those terms. VW is saying the last car was not robust or mature enough. Patently they would deny that if asked but why imply it?

    1. You don’t but most people do. It’s all part of the push for increasing VW’s ‘premium’ credentials.

  4. There are limits as to how much robustness and maturity you can add. If you start with a Twingo Mark 1 there is a long way to go before it´s “mature”. The last Tiguan was as mature as Polar plastic cup, which is not an insult but a way of saying it was the barest minimum of expression. Do other people really think like this as Laurent suggests?

  5. Well, I share Laurent’s perceptions to a degree. Making a car look wider and a bit more square-shaped is certainly contributing to the impression of robustness. The less rounded look also speaks of seriousness which might be an aspect of maturity.

    1. They won’t be selling many of them for a while. Don’t they risk making a car too big for Europe if it’s big enough for the US as per the Accord and Mondfusion.

  6. The new Tiguan does not have the Jeep-typical geometrical wheel-arch of the old Tiguan – the new Tiguan has just a simple round wheels-arch.
    The sideline including the C-Pillar with the Hofmeister-detail reminds me to BMW.

    Not really distinctive – this new Volkswagen…

  7. I always felt the Tiguan’s appearance was rather limp and flaccid. The stance wasn’t great and the detailing was too Günack-y faddish for my liking. Only a decent facelift actually prevented it from feeling seriously outdated by now.

    Somewhat surprisingly, this new car is similarly overwrought in an entirely different kind of way. The almost brutally straight geometrical detailing and substantial moulds are just that little bit too much of a good thing. In their quest to make this car appear substantial, Klaus Bischoff et al have resorted to tricks somewhat reminiscent of those employed during Herbert Schäfer’s tenure at VW. And where the new Passat has the advantage of being just about subtle enough to remain appealing, this Tiguan is aiming for a much more blunt and, possibly, more short-lived effect.

    1. “substantial” – that’s the word I should have used, instead of the more subjective ‘robust’ and ‘mature’.

    2. As for the rest, you could well be right, but I’ll wait until I see it in the metal.

    3. Kris, is a Günack-y VW tacky? I must admit that I like the (Passat) CC, and the Scirocco in a bright colour and from some angles. I do think this is an excellent summary of new Tiguan versus old though. Far better than my ‘crisply pressed’ and ‘grumpier’.

    4. Mark, Günack-y is an adjective based not solely on his work at VW, but Peugeot and Mercedes, as well. Like you, I view the (Passat) CC with a benevolent eye, but that’s not good enough to alter my definition of Günackiness as being a slightly tacky concept. The Scirocco you also mentioned, lest we forget, was originally intended to wear a decidedly juvenile face, and the Phaeton was dangerously close to losing its dignity before de’ Silva came and saved its face.

      And thanks for the kind words – it’s heartening to know that one can add to all the other enlightening statements made here every now and again.

  8. There have been some useful observations from all corners here, thanks. None save the new Tiguan for me. I had no opinion about the old one so it is futile to say it’s comparatively preferable. The mirrors are where side mirrors ought to be and the squared arches fit the brief, semantically.

    1. So you felt the need to post side-by-side pictures without a view of your own?

    1. I´d argue they tried to add a bit of excitement by giving it a few little features here and there that really weren´t needed. Part of the appeal of a VW is the borderline sterility of the work: dead plain. The old Tiguan was dead plain. This one has a whiff of Merkenich about it. Good photo, by the way. Better than the daft one I chose for this piece!

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