Major updates afoot for Volkwagen’s Tiguan

VOLKSWAGEN Australia’s best-selling model, the multi-award winning Tiguan SUV, has received a major update, with the refreshed model set to enters showrooms from next month.

With a range of equipment shared with the Mk 8 Golf, the 110TSI variants will go on sale from mid-March. The best-selling 162TSI and the new 147TDI variants arrive in late May followed in June by the 132TSI.

Adopting the latest Volkswagen design language, the new Tiguan comes in three distinct model grades: Life; Elegance; and the fully-loaded sport-themed R-Line.

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The Life grade can be configured as either a 1.4-litre 110kW/250Nm with front-wheel drive and six-speed DSG transmission, or as a 132TSI 4MOTION all-wheel drive with a seven-speed DSG good for 132kW/320Nm.

In the Elegance and R-Line models, customers can choose from the 162kW/350Nm petrol variant or the 147kW/400Nm diesel, both versions with seven-speed DSG and 4MOTION. Tech highlights include Digital Cockpit Pro as standard.

Touch climate controls and IQ.DRIVE feature on a new haptic touch steering wheel, with Travel Assist also replacing Traffic Jam Assist, and allowing for partially automated driving across practically the whole speed range.

With the press of the Travel Assist button on the steering wheel, the system activates adaptive lane guidance and uses adaptive cruise control to allow semi-autonomous driving on highways.

On R-Line models, the conventional buttons have been replaced with ‘touch’ buttons, which give haptic feedback via a small vibration when a selection is made. The buttons are also touch force sensitive.

For example, a slight touch will advance the cruise control speed by 1 km increments, while a firm touch will advance the speed by 10km increments. The Tiguan also features IQ lights with Matrix LED headlights on Elegance and R-Line models.

Thanks to matrix technology, the dipped beam and main beam is formed with individually controllable LEDs. The beam pattern is individually adapted to each driving situation to ensure maximum, high precision and dazzle-fee illumination of the road.

It allows the high beam to remain on, making night time driving safer and more convenient than ever before. Instead of fog lights, the new Tiguan has an all-weather light function which distributes the light in a special way to illuminate the road better.

The static cornering lights are switched on simultaneously with the main beam in both headlights to provide a better view of the road ahead in poor driving conditions.

Now standard across the range is the 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro (as mentioned), which allows customisation of the high definition display to suit personal tastes, and all via the steering wheel.

Beside the digital screen are gauges for fuel levels and engine temperature, giving the driver a necessary snapshot of the vehicle’s status. The Tiguan now comes standard with touch climate controls on the centre console as well.

The touch sensitive surface allows the user to control the fan speed and temperature controls simply by sliding their finger or with a slight push. The bars are indented so it is easy to make changes without having to take your eyes off the road.

Haptic feedback in the form of a gentle vibration confirms every input and gives the sensation of using classic buttons. On the safety front, Proactive Occupant Protection is appearing for the first time on the new Tiguan.

The system can protect you in critical situations, such as imminent collisions. It can detect an increased risk of an accident, and automatically closes the windows and (if fitted) the panoramic sliding sunroof.

It also tightens the front seat belts as a precautionary measure. As with all Volkswagens, the new Tiguan range comes standard with a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, capped-price servicing and the option to pre-purchase three and five-year care plans.

Pricing for the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan range starts from $36,690 (plus on-roads) through to $55,290 (plus on-roads). For further information, please contact your local Volkswagen dealer.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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