This week, one of the big stories has been the fraud committed by Volkswagen in regards to their TDI engines. I own a VW Tiguan, and as someone who’s defended their diesel engines in the past, I’m incredibly disappointed with the news that as surfaced.
My Tiguan has a gas engine, but I really always wanted a diesel in it because due to the boost to gas mileage. My car’s engine requires premium fuel and doesn’t get much over 24-25mpg on the freeway. It’s also proven itself very expensive to get repaired. I was willing to look past all of this because it’s a fun, sporty crossover SUV/tall wagon. The engine has a decent amount of power to it, and I’ve never had a problem moving through heavy traffic, accelerating quickly and smoothly.
I was also willing to look past it because I felt that VW’s answer to the fuel economy problem, with it’s TDI engines, was a really good option, considering we already have the diesel infrastructure in place in our communities. I was excited to learn that in 2017 I might be able to get a new Tiguan model, fully redesigned, with a diesel engine. I was willing to wait, and was excited at the prospect.
Now, I’m disappointed to learn the VW has been deliberately defrauding consumers by faking their emission test results. It’s such a depressing development, I would be hard pressed to consider buying a VW ever again, and I’ve even thought about getting rid of the one that I have. As I pump my wallet dry at the gas pump, I no longer do it with any sense of anticipation that one day I’ll be able to get a Tiguan with better mpg. I just watch as my paycheck slips away for a company that I once thought was pretty darn cool, but not anymore.