OK, let’s explain that headline a little. The Tiguan is a GTI-killer, but not in the sense that you likely immediately thought we meant - in performance. No, not that. While the Tiguan is offered up with the same powerplants as the much-loved GTI and has great performance, a GTI will still be faster and more composed when it comes to handling. When we call it a GTI-killer we mean in sales and availability. It’s a known and proven fact that the motoring world started buying into SUVs over other options, and so automakers have concentrated on making their SUV offerings better and have in a way neglected their other model ranges. It’s not the case for all automakers, of course. In the case of VW, especially here, many industry conspiracy theorists think that the MK8 GTI and the Mk8 R models were purposely not brought in to help bolster the SUV sales instead. In our circles, we know of a couple of guys who had the 8R on order only to cancel and take a Tiguan because there was no waiting period to get the car. In this case, it’s kept them in the VW stable and at the same time helped “prove” that local buyers are moving away from hot hatches. In some cases, it’s backfired though as we’ve seen die-hard VW enthusiasts opting for something from other manufacturers instead. There are still apparent supply-chan issues in getting 8R orders into SA, but we’re quite sure that there will be no issues when buyers want the new Tiguan you see here. And that brings us to the new Tiguan, while it may be one of the offerings responsible for helping the demise of the hot hatch as we know it, it’s pretty damn cool and we’d also love to see one parked in the driveway. This is now the Tiguan’s 3rd generation, and it’s guaranteed to be ridiculously popular too. Since the first generation was released in 2007, the nameplate has amassed over 7.6 million sales. By 2020, 2.3 million GTis were sold worldwide. With that math, it’s no wonder the Tiguan is getting preference. Sure, not all those Tiguan sales were top-tier models, but still.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the worldwide reveal of the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan, one of the German automaker's most popular offerings in many of the markets its sold in, including here in SA. This is one of those SUV models that's so good its managed to sway hot hatch drivers to cross over into the world of bigger and more practical cars while still maintaining an alignment with the brand: World Premiere: The new Volkswagen Tiguan | Volkswagen
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