Family was very much on the minds of Holden Berry and Cassandra Busuttil when they decided to purchase their first car. Recently engaged, the couple was looking for an SUV that would grow with them. They wanted the flexibility to visit family whenever they wanted, without having to rely on trains or rental cars. Plus, they plan to start a family of their own in the not-too-distant future. After exhaustive research, Berry and Busuttil landed on the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Comfortline from Volkswagen Downtown Toronto. Here’s what they love about their new ride:
“I looked at all the mid-range SUVs and test-drove a few,” said Busuttil. “What stood out for me when we drove the Tiguan was that it actually felt like a luxury car, but at a more affordable price.” She said safety was also an important factor. “When I moved from Kitchener to Toronto four years ago, I didn’t drive in the city at all. So, for me, it was about what car was I going to feel most comfortable in driving around downtown.”
As a new driver in Toronto, Busuttil says she feels safe in the Tiguan. “It’s so easy to manoeuvre downtown, and comfortable enough to take on a three-hour drive to a family cottage on Lake Huron.”
Berry is impressed by the mileage. “The price to fill up the tank is definitely affordable,” he said, adding they’ve already put 6,000 kilometres on the SUV since picking it up in early May.
As for features, both said they love the sunroof. “It might seem frivolous, but we felt if we’re going to invest in a car — and hopefully we’ll have it for quite some time — we really wanted that panoramic ceiling,” said Berry. “When we’re driving at night in small-town Ontario, for example, you can see the stars.”
Leather seats were also on their must-have list. “We’re planning on getting a dog soon and starting a family in the future, so small things like cleaning car seats are going to be a lot easier with leather seats,” said Berry. “We really took the view of seeing ourselves in the short term and long term in this vehicle. And we could see that with the Tiguan.”
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A CLOSER LOOK: 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Comfortline
With the available wireless charging pad, you can charge your phone by pairing it to the vehicle using the App-Connect infotainment system. The Tiguan also offers viewable navigation on the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which is fully immersive, customizable and configurable. Area View 360° is an available camera system offering an all-round view on the touchscreen from four wide-angle cameras, one on each side of the vehicle. Keyless access automatically unlocks the door when you touch the door handle, and the power liftgate can be easily opened or closed with your key fob or by kicking under the bumper when your hands are full.
At 10.7 inches longer than its predecessor, the 2021 Tiguan has more head and leg room. With 57 per cent more cargo space and a pass-through in the second row, there’s plenty of room for an expanding family. The Tiguan’s LED headlights are brighter, bolder and more energy efficient. And the available Adaptive Front-light System aims to match your steering and follow bends in the road. The panoramic sunroof Berry and Busuttil love so much covers almost the entire roof and lets you easily slide or tilt it open with just the touch of a button.
The available Park Distance Control helps you park by using audible beeps to warn you if it detects you’re getting too close to something behind or in front of your vehicle. Plus, the adaptive cruise control is perfect for day trips; it lets you set your ideal speed and following distance and is designed to slow down or speed up automatically depending on the traffic in front of you. An automatic post-collision braking system helps stop accidents in their tracks. The moment an accident is detected, the system is designed to automatically tighten seatbelts and trigger emergency braking to help prevent further accidents.