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New Tiguan aims for the top


The year of the SUV continued this past week when Volkswagen launched its new Tiguan to the South African motoring media. I was there and had an opportunity to drive the newcomer and as I had expected, I was suitably impressed.

What’s new?

Well, pretty much everything is new for this model; for starters it now makes use of the brand’s impressive MQB or Modularer Querbaukasten (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform as we have seen in the Golf and various other VW group products. It also receives an extensive list of optional driver assistance systems which I will elaborate on later.

Those looks

When I pulled up to the VW Dealer Training centre in Centurion I was greeted by a line of new VW SUVs which looked very much like small Touaregs, all clad with the R-Line body kits and sporty alloy wheels. The R-Line kit might be an R18 000 option on these cars but it’s one worth ticking. The cars look seriously aggressive.

The front-end features a pronounced grille, rather angry front lights while in side profile it oozes sophistication with a strong should line stretching from the front to the rear lights. At the rear the theme switches back to sporty with aggressive LED lighting and two exhaust tips.

That interior

The interior is typically VW, with excellent tangible quality, masterful ergonomics and the general impression that you’re in something that means business within its segment. The new model also features a new seat design which proved quite comfortable on the open road. The vehicle is also bigger inside than the outgoing model with over 600 litres of boot space and enough room inside to seat four adults comfortably.

The interior also features a new active information display as seen in the likes of the new Passat which in the Tiguan comes in the form of a 12.3-inch screen that can be customised from a choice of six displays to show the information that the driver wants to see.


The Tiguan range which goes on sale from October 2016 onwards will feature three 1.4 litre turbo petrol variants, with a 2.0 litre diesel and a 2.0 litre turbo petrol versions set to join the range later this year. These more powerful models will feature the brand’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

The base model in the range is the 92kW/200Nm 1.4 litre featuring a six-speed manual gearbox which proved quite economical during our 170km drive to our lodgings with a consumption figure of 7.7 litres/100km. The other models I managed to drive on the second day both have the same 110kW/250Nm output although one is a manual and the other the DSG derivative. The DSG is certainly the better car to drive, with barely perceivable shifts and an ease of use that is really impressive.


The new model includes driver and front passenger airbags, a curtain airbag as well as front seat side impact airbags. All models also come with and Electronic Stability Control, XDS differential lock and fatigue detection (Rest Assist) which helped the car achieve a five star rating from Euro NCAP

What do I get?

All models feature air conditioning, electric front and rear windows, cruise control, front fog lights, leather multi-function steering wheel, connectivity package (Bluetooth & USB interface) and roof rails as standard. There is also a 5-inch touchscreen Radio/CD “Composition Colour” system with MP3 compatibility, 8-speakers, SD Card and AUX-in connection with two other optional infotainment systems available to customers.

Optional Features and verdict

One can specify their Tiguan with the likes of a panoramic sunroof, electric towbar, LED Headlights, R-Line exterior pack with 19-inch wheels, Head-up display, Parallel parking assistance with rear view camera, Active Info Display, 8-inch Discover Pro Radio with sat nav, adaptive cruise control with front assist, App-connect, electric leather seats, DynAudio Premium sound system to name a few.

Overall this new Tiguan is a very desirable product, it is a car that brand desperately needed during this period of economic uncertainty and after the brand’s recent emissions scandal. I think that we can expect to see a number of these on local roads in the near future.

Warranty and service plan

All Tiguan models come standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan and a 3 year/120 000km warranty.


1.4 TSI 92kW Trendline Manual                              R378 000

1.4 TSI 92kW Comfortline Manual                          R419 000

1.4 TSI 110kW Comfortline DSG                              R457 680

Article written by Sean Nurse
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