2019 Volkswagen Tiguan - My Monterey Ride
|Photo courtesy Page One Automotive|
Let's face it if you're going to Monterey Car Week you need wheels. But media cars are in short supply. Every auto journalist wants a press car, and every auto company exec wants the best his company produces. I am often on the bottom of the list. Last year I drove my trusty '95 Chevrolet Lumina. I was super chuffed when Page One Automotive said they actually had a car I could use this year!
Now I would have been happy with whatever they had that no one else wanted. Imagine my surprise when I got a 2019 VW Tiguan. This was not some stripper with windup windows, manual steering and brakes, and no radio or a/c. This was a very nicely equipped SUV; it was an SEL Premium w/ 4Motion the next to the top Tiguan (the top would be a SEL Premium R-Line w/ 4Motion). I really didn't need the 4Motion (AWD) but what the heck if I decided to go off-roading it would have been handy. As it was the worst terrain I saw was a field that was being used as a parking lot.
The Tiguan is just about the right combination of size, comfort, and economy for a outing like Car Week. It's about 130 miles from my home to Carmel-By-The-Sea, the first stop during my week. Two hours of seat time isn't much but in some cars it is too much. Not the Tiguan - very comfy seats, great climate control, and a Fender Premium Sound System.
I had to parallel park a few times and the Tiguan at 185" long was easy (and I'm not great at parallel parking).
The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine seemed to be under-rated for horsepower. Specs say it has 184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. It performed as if it had more. I didn't keep a close watch on the fuel economy but the onboard readout showed that it was in the ballpark for its rating of 29 mpg highway and 21 mpg city.
I traveled light, one small bag, my laptop, and a suit, so there was more than enough room. A family of four or five would have enough room for a week long trip.
The Tiguan I drove was $37,195, add on destination charges and it was $38,190. The least expensive Tiguan, same engine, FWD, and fewer amenities lists at $24,295. Check out a Tiguan or other Volkswagens at vw.com.