Facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan Revealed

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Hot off the heels of the Tiguan R released this morning the official facelifted Tiguan has now also been shown.

Volkswagen’s best-selling car of 2019 has come in for some updated treatment. The facelifted Tiguan will only reach South Africa in 2021 but will go on sale in Europe in the 4th quarter of this year. 

Also read: Potent new Volkswagen Tiguan R Revealed

Exterior treatment

Volkswagen claims the front end is ‘completely new’ with the grille now flowing into the LED lights. The new VW badge has been placed on the Tiguan for the first time and the bumpers feature a more defined ‘C’ on the outer edges.

The Tiguan badge at the back has moved from the left edge of the boot to directly under the VW badge. The 4Motion badges have also been redesigned and there are new wheel designs available for each trim line.

Interior updates

Sliding volume buttons on the steering wheel and similar tech for the climate control system has been added.

The steering wheel of the Tiguan now features fancy touch sliders on the steering wheel that allow you to slide the volume up and down from the wheel. The latest VW infotainment system (MIB3) has been included in the Tiguan. It has better voice activation control, multiple phone pairing and wireless App-Connect. It will also feature a new 480-watt Fender Premium sound system on top-trim models.


The engines for South African versions haven’t been confirmed yet but VW claims all the engines have been reworked to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions. The new 1.5-litre turbopetrol from the Golf 8 is included in the range for the first time, pushing out either 96 kW or 110 kW depending on the trim level.

The 2.0-litre turbopetrol 4-cylinder engines will likely be carried over too, particularly for the 4Motion variants where the increased performance and torque is required. The state of tune (power and torque figures) has not been confirmed yet.

More assists

There are more safety systems available for the facelifted Tiguan and it even includes a semi-autonomous mode that will take over steering, throttle and braking duties from standstill to over 200 kph. The system does require the driver to have their hands on the wheel while this system ‘takes over’. An advanced version of adaptive cruise control can now adjust the vehicle speed as it navigates through different speed zones by using the navigation system as well as the front-mounted camera.

Volkswagen SA confirmed the facelifted Tiguan is due in the first quarter of 2021, while the performance Tiguan R will arrive towards the end of 2021.

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