New Volkswagen Tiguan offers big option list & 5-star safety

The new Tiguan scored the maximum five stars in the latest Euro NCAP safety tests last month.

Buyers are unlikely to be short-changed when it comes to specification levels, either — although as always with German cars, the tastiest features are often optional.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan
The new 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan now offers five trim levels and seven engine choices. VW’s new and more angular styling language is on display here, especially at the rear of the vehicle:

Volkswagen Tiguan rear view
VW’s more angular design language is on display on the new Tiguan

I think it looks good. It’s a theme that’s already appeared on the latest Transporter van and Amarok pickup — expect to see more of this as other models are refreshed.

What’s on offer?

Volkswagen is known for its diesel engines, but the diesel emissions scandal has dampened down growth in the small diesel engine market and reminded drivers that petrol engines are actually cleaner and more appropriate for many uses.

VW is placing a renewed and welcome emphasis on petrol engines in its larger car models. The new Tiguan will be available with three new petrol engines, offering power outputs from 125 PS to 180 PS. Alongside this will be four new diesel engines offering power levels from 115 PS to 240 PS.

All engines are Euro 6 compliant and all diesels use SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) with AdBlue to meet Euro 6 standards.

VW expects the biggest UK sellers to be the 2.0 TDI 150 PS diesel and the 2.0 TSI 180 PS petrol — both with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and the group’s seven-speed automatic DSG gearbox.

Fuel economy for the launch engines, on the official EU combined cycle, ranges from 58.9 mpg (2.0 TDI 150 PS front wheel drive six-speed manual) to 38.2mpg (2.0 TSI 180 PS 4MOTION with seven-speed DSG). VW says that all the new engines are more powerful and more fuel efficient than the Euro 5 engines which powered the previous Tiguan.

Volkswagen Tiguan interior

Safety & Tech

The new Tiguan includes a raft of active and passive safety measures delivered by virtue of the use of the MQB platform.  Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, automatic post-collision braking and Lane Assist are fitted as standard in Europe.

The Tiguan will also have the first active bonnet on a Volkswagen. This innovation reduces the risk of injury to pedestrians and cyclists by lifting upward in the event of an impact – rising 50 mm within 22 milliseconds of an impact.

The safety equipment roster also includes a network of seven airbags – including a knee airbag on the driver’s side.  It sets standards, and not only for A-SUVs.  The new Tiguan, like all Volkswagen cars based on the MQB platform, also comes with the automatic post-collision braking system which helps to avoid dangerous secondary collisions.

In-car tech is also more advanced than ever. Options include an internet-connected navigation and information system, plus a heads-up display showing key driving information on the windscreen above the steering wheel.

VW Tiguan heads-up display
The Tiguan offers an optional heads-up display. The Active Info Display between the speedo and rev counter can be used to show navigation information.

Another option is the Active Info Display: a 12.3-inch screen located in the centre of the instrument binnacle, between the speedometer and rev counter. This can be used to display a choice of information, including replicating the navigation display in the centre console.

The new Volkswagen Tiguan is on sale in UK dealers, with RRP prices starting from £22,510 OTR.

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