Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

What's in a Name?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

What's in a Name?

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Byline: Ian Donaldson

IF there was an Oscar for the longest model name in the car world the chunky looking machine from Volkswagen you see here would be working on its acceptance speech.

Let's start at the beginning; the name Tiguan is, apparently, a mix of the German words for tiger (surprisingly, 'tiger') and iguana ('leguan'). It topped a poll in a car magazine, according to that fount of reliable information, known as Wikipedia.

Moving right along and we settle on R-Line. This is a simple trim level in the Tiguan range and is supposed to give this mid-size SUV some added sporting appeal.

It does this with bolder bumpers front and rear, wheel arch extensions and side skirts and big alloy wheels.

Powerful xenon headlights add a practical touch, while inside you'll find sportily padded seats in black cloth with grey bolsters, stainless steel pedals and enough R-Line logos to remind you of what you're driving.

The PS29,060 car driven here is the least expensive of the R-Line range, which tops out at PS31,590 for a car fitted with automatic transmission. The Tiguan range starts at PS21,250 and climbs to the dearest R-Line.

But on with deconstructing the model designation. Next we come to 2.0 TDI, which simply means there's a two-litre turbo diesel (with fuel injection) doing the work under the bonnet. It's an engine seen in millions of cars from the VW Group and has a fine reputation for economy.

Which is only improved by the next part of the name tag: BlueMotion Technology.

Actually, this is a rather overblown description of some gentle tweaks aimed at making the Tiguan even more economical.

In detail, it means the alternator mainly charges the battery when the car is slowing down and not using fuel, there's a stop/start function that cuts the engine at the lights and a gentle reminder on the dash tells you when to change up to save fuel. …

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