Since its Australian launch in 2008, the Tiguan has carved its own path in the hotly-contested SUV market.
Now, Volkswagen Australia has updated its Tiguan range with a raft of new standard technology and features and added a more powerful diesel engine model while also delivering a striking new flagship model.
All models come standard with a Rear View Camera (RVC), a 6.5 inch colour touchscreen audio system and a leather multi-function steering wheel, Multi-Function Display (MFD Plus) and fatigue detection.
The range includes four engines: three petrol and one diesel engine.
Petrol engines include the twin-charged 1.4-litre TSI with 118 kW, a 2.0-litre TSI with 132 kW and a 2.0-litre TSI with 155 kW.
The new 2.0-litre TDI engine adds an impressive 27 kW above the previous diesel engine (103TDI), with the new 130 kW powerplant delivering new heights of performance, boasting a potent 380 Nm of torque. This new, powerful engine is also extremely efficient, with a combined cycle of 6.2 litres per 100km.
The new flagship model in the Tiguan range is the 155TSI R-Line model. Maintaining the same performance-oriented TSI engine featured in the range previously, the new Tiguan R-Line receives a plethora of additional equipment, including 18-inch ‘Mallory’ alloy wheels, Adaptive Chassis Control, Vienna leather-appointed seat upholstery and satellite navigation. In keeping with the R-Line design cues seen in the Golf, Beetle and Touareg models, the Tiguan also receives signature exterior styling including front and rear bumpers, side sills and roof spoiler, as well as the trademark ‘R-Line’ badging.
For those customers looking to enhance their 132TSI or 130TDI Tiguan above the standard specification, an optional R-Line package is also available, which adds unique 18-inch ‘Mallory’ alloy wheels, R-Line exterior styling, sport suspension, gearshift paddles and an R-Line cloth interior.
The Tiguan’s 118 kW 1.4-litre TSI engine is maintained in two-wheel drive specification, attracting customers who are looking for a stylish yet economical SUV in an affordable package. All other models in the range (132TSI, 130TDI and 155TSI) feature Volkswagen’s innovative 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard.
Adding further value to the entire Tiguan range, safety and convenience technologies like a Rear View Camera (RVC), a colour touchscreen audio system and a leather multi-function steering wheel and Multi-Function Display all come as standard. Fatigue detection, previously reserved for the higher-specification models, now also features as standard technology across the revised Tiguan range.
As with every Volkswagen, the Tiguan provides high passenger safety with daytime driving lights, six airbags (front, front side and curtain airbags) and safety optimised front head restraints as standard. The new Tiguan also features Volkswagen’s advanced technologies including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Auto Hold function, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD). Safe driving in the Tiguan is also accounted for with features such as Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) and Engine Braking Control (EBC) as standard.
A number of options are available on the latest Tiguan, including an electric glass panoramic sunroof, leather appointed upholstery with electric driver’s seat (std 155TSI R-Line) and the RNS510 satellite navigation system (std 115TSI R-Line). Naturally the latest Tiguan retains all the versatility and practicality for which the previous generation is renowned, being a five-door, five-seater. The rear seat is a 60:40 split bench that can be adjusted forwards and backwards by up to 16cm and also reclined, while cargo capacity ranges from 395 to 1,510 litres.