Fresh Volkswagen Tiguan Coming

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Volkswagen’s popular Tiguan family car has received an update and it will go on sale in South Africa in Q3 of 2021. See what’s changed below…

Volkswagen’s best-selling car of 2019 has come in for some updated treatment. The facelifted Tiguan will reach South Africa in the third quarter of 2021 and will be followed by the arrival of the Tiguan Allspace.  

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 wider 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. The Tiguan can be had in some new vibrant colours such as Ginger Brown, Kings Red, Lapiz Blue, Night Shade Blue and Dolphin Grey. 

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.

Standard features

Three trim lines will be available namely the base Tiguan, Tiguan Life and the Tiguan R-Line. 

The base Tiguan will be offered with 17-inch Montana alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather steering wheel, cruise control and Volkswagen's MIB3 infotainment system. 

The Tiguan Life adds 18-inch Frankfurt alloy wheels, LED headlights with cornering headlights, climatronic air conditioning, front park distance control and an electronic rear tailgate. Optional 18-inch Nizza wheels and 19-inch Victoria Falls alloys will also be offered. 

The range-topping Tiguan R-Line gains an exterior R-Line package, 19-inch Valencia wheels, ambient interior lighting, Vienna leather seats, active info display and a Composition Media Radio with App Connect. The Tiguan R-Line can also be had with 20-inch Suzuka alloys. 

Optional features across the range include a panoramic sunroof, tow bar, Black Style Package, Discover Pro infotainment system, heads-up display, Harmon Kardon sound system, IQ Matrix LED lights, area view camera with park assist, IQ drive package and Trailer Manoeuvring System. 


Volkswagen South Africa has confirmed that the South African market will receive one diesel and two petrol engines. 

The 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine will offer 130 kW and 380 Nm and will be mated with a 7-speed DSG transmission. 

The petrol engine range starts with the 1.4TSI with 110 kW and 250 Nm mated with a 6-speed DSG transmission. The more powerful 2.0-litre TSI with 162 kW and 350 Nm will also be offered in conjunction with a 7-speed DSG. 

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.

It has also come to light that the Tiguan will also gain the 2.0-litre turpetrol from the Golf 8 GTI with outputs of either 140kW and 320 Nm or 180 kW and 370 Nm, but these derivatives are not yet confirmed for SA. 

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.

Pricing for the facelifted Tiguan will be revealed closer to launch. 

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