Volkswagen is using the start of the 61 registration period to launch the new version of its popular Tiguan compact SUV.
The Tiguan is VW’s fourth best-selling model in the UK, after the Golf, Polo and Passat. It has proved successful worldwide and sold nearly 600,000 units since it was introduced in late 2007.
Like the old model, the new Tiguan will be available in both two and four-wheel drive and with two different front ends – one of which is designed for off-road use and provides improved ground clearance.
What’s New On The Tiguan?
The Tiguan’s styling has been updated in line with that of its big brother, the Touareg. Presumably VW has decided that most Tiguan buyers would buy a Touareg if they could afford to, so the smaller car has been designed to look as much like the Touareg as possible.
Although 90% Tiguan models sold in the UK are expected to have diesel engines, Volkswagen, like other manufacturers, is persisting in developing its range of lower emission petrol engines. Three such engines will be available in the new Tiguan – a 1.4TSI (160PS) and two 2.0TSI models (180PS and 210PS).
VW expects 90% of Tiguans sold in the UK to have diesel engines, with the 2.0TDI 140PS model topping the list. This is an updated version of the engine used in the last Tiguan and now falls into a lower tax band, thanks to a cut in CO2 emissions from 164g/km to 150g/km for the manual version.
VW’s Bluemotion specification, which includes Stop Start technology, will be available with the 2.0TDI 110pS and 140PS diesel models and with the 1.4TSI 140 PS petrol engine, when it’s fitted to the entry-level two-wheel drive Tiguan.
All engines except the 1.4TSI will be offered with the choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG (automatic) gearboxes.
Equipment & Safety
German manufacturers have historically always offered a longer options list and a shorter basic specification than other European and Far Eastern manufacturers. This trend looks set to continue for a little while longer…
The base-level S specification will be relatively spartan but will include as standard 16″ alloys, climate control, DAB radio and an alarm. Things look a bit better at SE specification, which also includes iPod and Bluetooth preparation, twin zone air conditioning, 17″ alloys, Park Assist and VW’s new Fatigue Detection System as standard.
Two other specification levels will be available – Sport, which includes sports suspension and other changes aimed at improving the Tiguan’s on-road driving experience, and Escape. The Tiguan Escape has improved off-road capabilities and features a revised front end with an improved departure angle of 28 degrees (compared to 18 degrees on the standard Tiguan) and underbody protection. The Escape also includes a new off-road mode setting as standard, helping improve braking and speed control in off-road conditions.
A variety of integrated entertainment and navigation systems are available as options on all Tiguan models, as are additional safety features such as Lane Assist and High Beam Assist.
Volkswagen seem to have gone for evolution, not revolution, with the new Tiguan. It is likely to be enough to ensure the model continues to be popular and sell well against competitors such as the BMW X3 and Land Rover Freelander.