The Tiguan range is starting to look complete now that Volkswagen SA has added 2 diesel engines to its model lineup. The turbodiesel models are now available to customers in South Africa.
In Comfortline specification (the Tiguan's middle choice of equipment lines) you can have a 2.0-litre 81 kW/250 Nm unit with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The sporty R-Line kit can also be added to this model at an additional R20k. If you want an automatic (DSG) then you'll have to opt for the 4Motion (all-wheel-drive) models. The 2.0-litre engine with DSG is beefed up to produce 105 kW and 340 Nm of torque.
The top-spec turbodiesel model is only available in Highline trim level, but it has even more power with 130 kW and 350 Nm of torque as used in the Passat. Again, it will use the 7-speed DSG gearbox and 4Motion.
With the arrival of the new diesel derivatives, Volkswagen South Africa expects the bulk of its Tiguan sales to be diesel models.
1.4 TSI 92 kW Trendline Manual - R384 100
1.4 TSI 92 kW Comfortline Manual - R425 300
1.4 TSI 110 kW Comfortline DSG - R465 000
2.0 TSI 162 kW Highline DSG 4Motion - R542 200
2.0 TDI 81 kW Comfortline Manual - R469 500
2.0 TDI 105 kW Comfortline DSG 4Motion - R523 800
2.0 TDI 130 kW Highline DSG 4Motion - R549 500
The new Volkswagen Tiguan comes standard with a 5-year/90 000 km service plan, 3-year/120 000 km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km.
The new Volkswagen Tiguan is a luxurious crossover/baby SUV that has proven popular, both globally and in South Africa, since its international launch back in 2007. The Tiguan arrived in South Africa in 2008 and local sales of almost 20 000 units are testament to its appeal. Since inception, the Volkswagen Tiguan has tallied up a respectable 2.8-million units sold worldwide and there's hope that this new model will be even more successful.
The new Volkswagen Tiguan is the first SUV from Wolfsburg to ride on the successful and versatile MQB platform which forms the basis for products such as the Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Passat and Audi A3, to name but a few. From launch, there will be three models available, all powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with BlueMotion fuel-saving and efficiency technology. There are two states of tune available: 92 kW / 200 Nm and 110 kW / 250 Nm. Fans of diesel engines will be pleased to hear that a 2.0-litre TDI motor with 81 kW, 105 kW and 130 kW will be arriving in the fourth quarter of 2016. A flagship Volkswagen Tiguan version with a GTI-sourced 162 kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine will also be arriving later in the year. Both manual and DSG transmissions will be available.
The cabin has changed significantly and one of the highlights is a substantially larger boot which is claimed to hold 1 655 litres worth of cargo - that's 145 litres larger than the outgoing model. There are three specification levels: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. In terms of safety features, the new Volkswagen Tiguan features driver and front passenger airbags, a curtain airbag system and front seat side impact airbags. The hazard lights will flash automatically under hard braking, while Electronic Stability Control, XDS transverse differential lock and fatigue detection (Rest Assist) are all standard. The new Tiguan carries a five-star rating from EuroNCAP.
New tech for the Volkswagen Tiguan in the form of head-up display and digital dashboard. Left-hand drive European model shown.
Standard features include manual air conditioning, electric front and rear windows, cruise control, front fog lights, leather multi-function steering wheel, connectivity package (Bluetooth & USB interface) & roof rails. The standard infotainment system is the 5-inch touchscreen Radio/CD “Composition Colour” system with MP3 compatibility, 8-speakers, SD Card and AUX-in connection. The next step up in terms of infotainment is the 6.5-inch touchscreen Radio/CD Composition Media with MP3/WMA, 8-speakers, Bluetooth, SD Card, USB interface and AUX-in connection. Finally, you can also opt for Discover Pro Navigation, which comes with an 8-inch display with a DVD Drive.
For those craving audio satisfaction, Volkswagen is offering the optional 400-watt DYNAUDIO Excite surround sound system with a digital, 10-channel amplifier, subwoofer and an integrated centre speaker.
As with all Volkswagen products, there are a number of optional features that you can choose for the new Tiguan. These range from a panoramic sunroof, electrically detachable towbar, LED-mid Headlights package and the R-Line exterior package with 19-inch Sebring alloy wheels. A head-up display, parallel parking assistance with rear view camera, Active Info Display, 8-inch Discover Pro Radio with satellite navigation system and 6.5-inch Radio/CD Composition Media system adds to the options list. Furthermore, adaptive cruise control with front assist, App-connect, ambient light package, leather seats with electric adjustment, DynAudio Premium sound system, Keyless Access (keyless locking and engine starting system) and an electric tailgate will also be on offer.
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