On paper, 1,500 pounds sounds like a lot—and it is! What does this towing capacity translate to in real life? It should allow you to tow either a small utility trailer, a pop-up tent trailer, a lightweight aluminum boat, or some other type of personal watercraft. Furthermore, such cargo is light enough that your compact SUV won’t need expensive trailer brakes or other supportive technologies. Big relief, right?
If you’re interested in towing capacity, there are a couple other VW Tiguan numbers you should know as well. Specifically, we’re talking about curb weight, gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), and payload. Here are these specs for the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan S, the base trim level for the lineup. Take a look:
Plus, with all the seats folded down, you’ll have access to as much as 73.5 cubic feet of cargo volume. That means you can put its payload capacity to good use since you’ll have the space to match the weight.
With its sleek and slender exterior proportions, you might think the Volkswagen Tiguan was more of a nimble cruiser than a powerful hauler. The reason this VW SUV is able to effortlessly balance poise and power is because of the engine-transmission pairing under the hood.
The 2.0L motor with four cylinders and turbocharged compression is able to generate 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. While some SUVs release all their horsepower in the first or last gears, the VW Tiguan does a stellar job of providing a linear power increase. So, whether you’re trying to make a passing maneuver on a 2-lane road or get up to speed on a steep incline, you’ll avoid any unnecessary jerks or lags as you floor the pedal.
The delivery of power is guided by an 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® technology and a Sport mode. The addition of Tiptronic® helps improve the smoothness and responsiveness of the gear changes, while Sport mode gives you the chance to ramp up the fun a little bit. In Sport mode, your SUV will have more responsive steering, quicker gear changes, and an overall more nimble feel behind the wheel.
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So, let’s say you’re loaded to the brim with your family on board, their luggage in the trunk, and a trailer on the back of your VW Tiguan. In this instance, having powerful brakes and driver-assistance safety technology are going to play a key role on the long-distance trip.
Volkswagen Tiguan Brake Specs
The vented front disc brakes measure 13.4 x 1.2 inches, while the solid rear discs measure 11.8 x 0.5 inches, a pairing that will stop your SUV with assurance time and time again. There’s also the anti-lock braking system with electronic brake pressure distribution, a setup that will aid in your model’s deceleration from both high and low speeds.
A few other active features that play a role in sturdily stopping your SUV include anti-slip regulation, the electronic differential, and engine brake assist.
Whether navigating around-town traffic or making your way down a long, straight highway, the Volkswagen Tiguan has technologies to make your life easier.
Take Adaptive Cruise Control, for example. This system helps maintain your current distance from the vehicle in front of you by both accelerating and decelerating as needed. To receive a heads-up in advance of a collision, there’s the Forward Collision Warning system. Also attached to Forward Collision Warning is Autonomous Emergency Braking, a technology that will apply the brakes for you if you fail to react to a possible collision quickly enough.
Rear Traffic Alert is like having eyes in the rear of your SUV, while the Lane Keeping System provides a warning if you begin veering from your current lane. The list grows from there with other additions like the Blind Spot Monitor and the Pedestrian Monitoring system.
Although you probably can’t tow a 1,500-pound trailer during your test drive, you can experience some of the other awesome features on the Volkswagen Tiguan, including its entertainment systems and interior amenities. If you’re intrigued, then you should set up an appointment with the team at Faulkner Volkswagen.
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