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    Thread: What a Tiguan looks like after a major side impact

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      03-22-2011 12:17 AM #1
      Was browsing ebay for Tig related stuff and came across these pictures of a white one that was t-boned.

      Ouch!








      This is the auction that the pictures originated from....
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    2. 03-22-2011 02:44 AM #2
      Ouch indeed. I wonder what sort of vehicle t boned the poor car?
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      03-22-2011 03:02 AM #3
      Considering how there is just as much damage up high, as there is down low, it had to have been a tall vehicle.

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      03-22-2011 03:24 AM #4
      The pics at least speak well for the strength and build quality. I pray no one was seriously injured in this accident.

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      03-22-2011 01:30 PM #5
      Looks like it hit a pole sideways....

      Thats a tight squeeze for legs on the passenger side.

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      03-22-2011 01:58 PM #6
      Too wide an impact for a pole - I'd say definitely a vehicle, probably ran a stop light at high speed. The Tig was probably going slowly or not moving, considering neither the steering wheel nor passenger airbag fired.

      As far in as the side is punched, I'm strongly hoping that there was no passenger in the vehicle. But since there's no evidence that any special "jaws of life" type gear was used to open or release that side damage, I'd say that the chances are good that only the driver was in the car (and was able to exit from the driver's door).

      Some scary crap, that.
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      03-22-2011 01:59 PM #7
      Ummmm.. No.

      A pole would leave a considerably different impression in the side of the vehicle.

      How many ~4 foot wide poles do you know of?

      And the squeeze of the pelvis would be much more critical for a passenger in that vehicle than the legs, I can assure you.

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      03-22-2011 02:31 PM #9
      Still have the SD Card on the radio....

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      03-22-2011 03:07 PM #10
      I'm not so sure that I'd say it held up well. Look how the roof buckled. The passenger door is pushed in to more the half the width of the passenger seat. Hope no one was hurt. But that's one hell of a crash result.

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      03-23-2011 02:41 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by gstrouse View Post
      I'm not so sure that I'd say it held up well. Look how the roof buckled. The passenger door is pushed in to more the half the width of the passenger seat. Hope no one was hurt. But that's one hell of a crash result.
      Based on how the Tig has done in crash testing of similar CUVs (which is: very good), I think it's safe to say that this outcome was the best possible for this particular accident.

      Would another vehicle, in another class, have survived this particular impact better? Entirely possible. But another CUV do better? I'm skeptical of that.

    12. 03-23-2011 11:30 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by gstrouse View Post
      I'm not so sure that I'd say it held up well. Look how the roof buckled. The passenger door is pushed in to more the half the width of the passenger seat. Hope no one was hurt. But that's one hell of a crash result.
      I hate to agree with you, but you're right! One of the biggest pros for the Tiguan (to me) is it's saftey. I drive around my 4 year old daughter all the time. Her booster seat is located in the rear, right behind the passenger seat. God forbid this was my car, the results would've been horrific. Compared to the (staged) side impact crash tests I've seen on the internet, the results of this crash are horrible! Very enlightening!

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      03-23-2011 12:49 PM #13
      Well, keep in mind we don't know WHAT hit this car - it could have been a large cement truck, for all we know - in which case, these results are amazing. I doubt it was a Honda Fit that hit it, is all I'm saying.

      Look at what a serious side impact to a Neon looks like:


      Or, check out this full-size Chevy pickup that got t-boned by a panel truck:


      I'm not saying that a passenger in the Tig would have survived (quite possibly not), but I'm thinking that the accident in question was a very serious one, and I think that the Tig looks like it did as good a job as any (and probably better than most in its class) of absorbing the impact.
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    14. 03-23-2011 01:06 PM #14
      Everybody seen those crash test youtube clips and pictures on the 'net. Keep in mind that test was probably around 35mph, this crash was probably at least 45+mph impact with a large vehicle. I'd say the Tig did really well for it's size. I hope there wasn't a passenger cuz I don't think they would be walking away from that one.

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      03-23-2011 01:32 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by BuffsR View Post
      ...Compared to the (staged) side impact crash tests I've seen on the internet, the results of this crash are horrible...
      No need for overreaction.

      As others are saying, we have no idea of the circumstances of the accident and most importantly, no idea at what speed the impacting vehicle was traveling.

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      03-23-2011 03:12 PM #16
      I don't think that can be fixed...

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      03-23-2011 09:37 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by BarryT82 View Post
      I don't think that can be fixed...
      Sure it could, just needs some duct tape (white duct tape)!
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      03-24-2011 06:26 PM #18
      Oi!

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