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07 September 2017

14 Reasons to get Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI Highline [Review]

14 Reasons to get Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI Highline - Car Review


Hey guys, today I would like to introduce you my new girlfriend called 'Atlantis'. First of all, I am not a professional car reviewer and I am just sharing my viewpoint and feedback as a user who test drive it throughout a weekend trip to Melaka. This brand new Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4TSI comes in two different model: Comfortline Package and Highline Package

I was driving the VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI Highline with  more features like Active Info Display (AID), Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Leather Seats, Powered Seats, 8" touch screen display with navigation and 18" alloy wheels,

All right, here's TEN reasons why you should get the all-new VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI Highline:

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1. Comfortable and Spacious Interior

My first impression on VW Tiguan 2017 is that this vehicle is huge in size but very spacious in the interior too. Both driver and passengers have plenty of head and leg space. I personally think that this is what we need especially when travel with friends and family for a roadtrip where we need to spend long time inside a car. No more leg cramp or needs to sit close to each other as you can move freely inside.



With the Highline specs, driver can easily adjust the seat with the multi-control buttons at the side. You can even adjust the seat's back-pad for your comfort. After all, driver need to be in the most comfort state since he will be spending hours navigating on the road.

The Volkswagen Tiguan 280TSI can easily fit 5 adults with comfortabilityas main priority.
The Volkswagen Tiguan 280TSI can easily fit 5 adults with comfortabilityas main priority. 
It is a good ride when my family and friends enjoy this new ride =) Most importantly is to have your family feel comfortable inside the car throughout the journey.

Very wise to have this food-tray with cup holder installed behind the car seats. Great for tablet users too
I personally think that Volkswagen put in lots of effort to ensure not only the car designs looks good inside out, but that it also is functional at the same time. For example, this food tray with cup folder on the side can be used as tablet holder too. Especially if you use your iPad or tablet to watch a lot of YouTube videos on the road. The food tray/tablet holder is quite sturdy too.


Volkswagen Tiguan 280TSI 2017 Overall Look
2. Sporty exterior looking handsome, distinctive lighting

Usually I describe my new camera, new toy as my wife but 'Atlantis' looks too handsome to be called my wife haha. The Chrome grilled body, slimline headlights, LED daytime running lights, dynamic cornering lights and integrated chrome strips made 'Atlantis' looks really handsome and shining like one of the Transformers. To be honest, I am not good in cars but VW Tiguan looks even more gorgeous when the sky turn dark.

Automatic ambient lighting that makes VW Tiguan looks sexy at night

There's automatic ambient lighting that makes your car looks sexy at night. The subtle lighting at the door and door frame makes it more charming at night. In short, the ambient lighting and chrome roof rails makes this new VW Tiguan look sexier.

Automatic ambient lighting that makes VW Tiguan looks sexy at night


Instead of 17" alloy wheels, VW Highline has 18" 'Kingston' alloy wheels with tyres 235/55 R18. Leather seat instead of  'Rhombus  fabric seat upholstery.



3. Keyless Entry, Push Start -A Smart Car that you will love

If you ask me which to choose between Comfortline and Highline, I will definitely choose Highline as it give you so much more features with just additional RM20k. First of all, you can now start your car with just a press on the button. No more need to look for the key hole at night hahaha. That was exciting =)



4. Active Info Display (AID) for Driver's Pleasure
Secondly, the Active Info Display (AID), you can customize it to your favourite mode (Navigation, Car Status, Off Road, Car Efficiency and many more) with the buttons.  All within easy access on the steering itself. That's the best thing about personalization where you can make the car more like you. Just like how you want your phone homepage looks like with the frequent apps and widget that you use to show your personality.


5. The Adaptive LED Headlights and Daytime Running Lights
The LED headlights with LED daytime running lights are smart too. The car can detect the surrounding brightness and switch on the LED headlights when needed. I like the auto-lights that switch on whenever I am turning left/right. With the elevated view, the white LED headlights makes the road seems clearer at night especially when it shined on reflective surface on the road. This is something that I didn't notice when I was driving my car with warm/yellow lights.


6. Personal Customization from Air-con, Heating Pad to Driving Speed
Normally car have only centralized air-con system but VW Tiguan allows you to customize air conditioning system for driver, passenger in front and back individually. Most importantly is that VW Tiguan Highline has the Cruise Control with Speed Limiter. You will find it helpful when you need to maintain the car speed on the highway without constant pressing on the pedal. This could also prevent you from over-speeding and got captured by the AES.


7. Auto Park-Assist Features
Other than that, if you are clumsy or just lazy to park your car., you can use their Park Assist mode to quickly help you park your car. Do note that one should practice more with the Park Assist mode and get use to the speedy parking method. I will always place my foot at the break pedal because the car park itself in a very swift mode. Maybe I just need more time to get used to it haha


8. Automatic Rain Wipers
During my roadtrip back to Melaka, it was raining heavily and the car activated the automatic wipers that could track or measure the amount of rain and adjust the wiper speed accordingly. You no longer need to always adjust the wiper speed manually. If you are feeling cold, you can switch on the warming-pads features (for driver and passenger in front) to make you feel more comfortable.




9. Safe Drive with Airbag, Multi-sensors Assistance

Talking bout safety, the all new VW Tiguan is equipped with curtain airbags for front and rear passengers. Child seat anchor for child seat system ISOFIX. Dual front airbags with front passenger airbag deactivation and Dual front side airbags. Of course, the most important safety feature is the anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) and anti-theft alarm system with immobiliser, interior monitoring and towing protection. For more information, visit www.volkswagen.com.my.

Other than that, this car has 360 sensors surrounding the car so it can sense if your car is too near to the pole at the side. Rear view camera will also help you park more safely. The camera can also be used to check if there's any suspicious people lurking behind hahhaa. Well, I fidn it helpful to make sure the naughty dogs in my neighborhood doesn't stay behind when I want to reverse my car.



10. Customizable Front Dashboard for Entertainment: MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Link

As a user and driver who likes music and technology, you will definitely love the buttons right on your steering as it allows you to control your car cruising speed, switch radio stations or music on your phone. The most beautiful thing is when you plug in your iPhone and it activates the Car Play System and your 8" touchscreen display with looks like an apple that lets you play your favourite music on Spotify. Apple CarPlay looks pretty on the screen! Other than that, you can use the navigation system even when your phone don't have signal. It is already convenient when you can use Waze on your smartphone to check traffic. However, this navigation features will save you if the first option fails. This happen especially when we travel to rural areas where telco coverage is a 'mystery'.

Apple Car Play on VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI
Apple Car Play on VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI

Apple Car Play on VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI

As for Android Auto, it seems that the apps is not available in Malaysia yet but you can always install the .APK files from the trusted site on the internet. I've tried that on my S8+ and once connected, the word "Android Auto" will stay on your screen hence you can't use your phone. Therefore, I recommend you to use your phone's Bluetooth to connect to the screen so you can still use your phone to navigate while listen to your favourite Spotify music with the 8 speakers. Apple Car Play's user interface does looks much better here.

Android Auto with Spotify playing on VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI
Android Auto with Spotify playing on VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI

Android Auto with Google Map navigating on VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI
Android Auto with Google Map navigating on VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI




11. Strong pick up speed, DSG 6-Speed Wet-Clutch Direct Shift Gearbox

VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI has turbocharged direct injection petrol 4-cylinder engine. With its DSG 6-Speed wet-clutch direct shift gearbox, you can speed up to 100km/h within just 8.9 seconds. I am not professional in all these technical terms but I can say the car is powerful enough to go up Genting Highland.

The car body still sounds quiet even when I was driving it at 150 km/h on the highway. Do set the speed limiter as you might not noticed your car is already at 160km/h when it only sounds like 110km/h.




12. Spacious Back Seat and Boot Space to Accomodate Tons of Stuff

With the 615 litres of trunk space, not only you can fit 5 people comfortably, you can also put lots of stuff at the back. Electric boot sounds cool enough? You no longer need a tall and muscular guy to close the boot everytime. Just press a button and walla! It close it self. I've tried the car boot and it can easily fit a wheel chair and many other bulky stuff.

This Electric Tailgate will allow you to close the boot with just single press
This Electric Tailgate will allow you to close the boot with just single press 



5 Years Manufacturer's Warranty and 5 years roadside assistance by Volkswagen

13. 5 Years Manufacturer's Warranty and 5 years roadside assistance

If you are getting this VW Tiguan, you will have 5 years manufacturer's warranty, 5 years roadside assistance, 15,000KM service schedule and many more. Getting an expensive toy must always remember to check at the warranty and services coverage =)

The Volkswagen Manufacturer's Warranty offers you:

  • less service visits: visit us every 15,000km or 12 months, whichever comes first.
  • a 3-year paint defect warranty
  • 6-12 years of anti-corrosion perforation warranty, depending on model type and year.


The Volkswagen Roadside Assistance offers you help:

  • in case of breakdown and accident
  • also abroad
  • 24-hour emergency towing

Number to  contact during emergency for Volkswagen Customer Care:
From Peninsular Malaysia : 1800-88-2389
From Singapore/Thailand : +603 2161 0327


It was a great journey with you VW Tiguan =)
14. Getting a New Car for Your Family
Thanks for reading till the very end! I believe if you've read till this last point, that's because you actually considering to buy a new family vehicle that's safe and comfortable for daily usage. If you are expecting a baby, this family car can definitely provides you the required safety features.  I am not here to convince you that you must get this car, but I am sharing my own experience after driving VW Tiguan for almost a week. I will still advise you to go ahead and book for a test drive and evaluate for yourself.


The all-new VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI is available in six colors: Ruby RedPure White, Deep Black, Atlantic Blue, Tungsten Silver and Indium Grey. (That's why I call my Tiguan 'Atlantis' haha). Booking and test drive arrangements can be made at all authorized Volkswagen dealerships nationwide. For more information, visit www.volkswagen.com.my.

PS: I kinda miss 'Atlantis' especially when I switch back to my current car and always switched on the wiper instead of the car signals. Drawback effect from a good car I guess? Remember to get the VW Tiguan Highline series because it is definitely worth it!


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