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Hey guys
So I am having this really annoying issue - if I am parked uphill (ie waiting for the gate of my underground parking to open) and then step on the gas pedal the car loses its power for like 3-4 seconds, moves really slow, almost stalls - literally feels like the car is already in second gear.
The car is almost new with 500km on it. Going to book an appointment tmrw but was wondering if somebody had similar issue?
 

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It's because of the DSG. The "lag" period you're talking about are the clutches engaging and cutting power during that. Try putting it in sport mode or go more gently on the throttle when you start off.
 

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It's because of the DSG. The "lag" period you're talking about are the clutches engaging and cutting power during that. Try putting it in sport mode or go more gently on the throttle when you start off.
Ah yeah my friend's Alltrack has this problem. He usually just puts it into manual / first gear for steep hill starts.
 

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Hey guys
So I am having this really annoying issue - if I am parked uphill (ie waiting for the gate of my underground parking to open) and then step on the gas pedal the car loses its power for like 3-4 seconds, moves really slow, almost stalls - literally feels like the car is already in second gear.
The car is almost new with 500km on it. Going to book an appointment tmrw but was wondering if somebody had similar issue?
I have a similar issue (FWD) when making turns after a stop. It's more like the car is in 3rd or 4th gear. Dealer said Jetta's had a similar issue which was resolved with a SW update.
 

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I have a similar issue (FWD) when making turns after a stop. It's more like the car is in 3rd or 4th gear. Dealer said Jetta's had a similar issue which was resolved with a SW update.
The 2018 Tiguan was also greatly improved with a software update after over 2 yrs in service. The 2019 didn’t have the problem, nor does our 2021.
 

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The 2018 Tiguan was also greatly improved with a software update after over 2 yrs in service. The 2019 didn’t have the problem, nor does our 2021.
Thanks, good to know. Can't understand why when having problems with previous cars that VW can't fix similar issues quickly or better yet insure they don't happen with newer models.
 

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Thanks, good to know. Can't understand why when having problems with previous cars that VW can't fix similar issues quickly or better yet insure they don't happen with newer models.
Sadly, improving any mission critical software can’t legally be fast as it must be vetted by sluggish regulators.

Why it happens in new models after already happening in older models? To get the car out the door at the right fuel economy level. Then they try to improve things.

While it may be anemic, those who have sued over it being “dangerous” get nowhere because it is a matter of not adapting your driving to your vehicle. It can be overcome in a safe manner, and for very hilly environments, there is S mode which will rid you of the issue at the expensive of smoothness and a little economy.

My wife didn’t mind it, but when I drove the 2018 Tiguan I drove it in S around town and D on the highway. The 2021 Tiguan does not require me to drive in S, though Eco mode is pretty poor.

(there is also manumatic mode of course, though does anyone use that much?)
 

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My 4WD SE 2022 Taos (<500 miles) also does what you’re describing.

I live in steep hills in SF and when I stop at a stop sign going up hill, I’ll press the gas pedal but there is so much lag for the car to move forward. The car drifts backward downhill, so I have one foot on the break, one revving the gas and sometimes it’ll take 30s or more to finally lurch forward. When it takes that long, I pause, check everything, and usually restart the car and try again.

I’ll say, I found improvement with a) Sport mode and b) ALWAYS turning off the Auto-Start-Stop button. Especially in heat. It acts up terribly with the auto engine on-off button activated while at stop signs + heat, and I can almost never get enough oomph to get up a hill after a stop sign. This is dry weather conditions too.

But even with those two settings helping, it’s still either slow, in the 2-10 sec range to get going, or occasionally 30s-1m+ and quite scary when trying to parallel park on a giant hill facing uphill. Dozens of times I’ve been stuck trying to work the situation easing off the break while the gas pedal is pressed - and i’ve even pressed so hard as to have the pedal fully down for moments - yet the car will not go and instead slips backward inching closer and closer to a car parked right behind me.

I’ve tried snow, off-road, on-road modes. But so far those all perform the same as Sport on-road. (Definitely poorer in eco and normal). I’ll try the Manual 1st gear idea.

I’m taking mine to the dealer this week. But from what I’ve researched, I’m getting the sense this is a quirk of the dual clutch 4WD models and not happening on the FWDs. Something about the transmission design + engine efficiency designs that result in actually just a bad driving experience in the real world particularly for the hills scenario.
 
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