New Tiguan revealed including engines, trim levels, equipment, safety features, cabin space and price.
Tiguan enhances brand's range of sports-utility vehicles
The 2016 VW Tiguan is a “new from the ground up” sports-utility vehicle that comes with: 2 or 4-wheel-drive, petrol or diesel engine and manual or auto gearbox, the manufacture says. It is 4,486mm long by 1,839mm wide, so is larger than its predecessor and a similar size to the latest Golf Estate. It costs £25,530-£31,895.
Space and practicality
Volkswagen highlights space and practicality as core strengths. It has 29mm more knee room than its predecessor, for example – and additional headroom. Furthermore, when the rear bench is flat cargo capacity is an estate-like 1,655-litres which is a rise of 145-litres. The lowered sill makes it easier to slide-in awkward items.
The Tiguan's rear bench slides forward and backward to best suit the needs of passengers and their luggage, and its range of movement is 20mm further than the outgoing vehicle's. Slide backwards to increase rear leg room, for example. Cargo capacity with the bench forward is 615-litres which is a rise of 145-litres.
Safety is a key strength too, the manufacturer argues. Systems include front assist with city emergency braking (and pedestrian monitoring) that brakes, automatically, should motorists fail to respond to hazards. Its purpose is to avoid collisions or – at least – take off enough speed to significantly reduce the severity.
The Tiguan also has an active bonnet. As it hits pedestrians, it lifts slightly to form an energy absorbing buffer that cuts the risk of injury. It complements automatic post-collision braking that minimises the risk of secondary impacts, plus the knee airbag.
Engines, performance, fuel consumption and emissions
The 2.0-litre TDI, 150PS, diesel engine propels motorists to 62mph in 9.3 seconds. Depending on the type of gearbox and drive, it averages between 49.6 and 58.9mpg and emissions range from 125 to 149g/km. It is available with: S, SE, SE Nav, SEL and R-Line trims.
The 2.0-litre, 180PS, petrol engine, in contrast, is only available with the SEL and R-Line trims. Expect: 0–62mph in 7.7 seconds, average fuel consumption of 38.2mpg and carbon emissions of 170g/km. Volkswagen says it will extend the engine range over time.
Trims and equipment
The S trim has: air conditioning, automatic lights and rain-sensing wipers. The SE adds: tri-zone climate control and tinted rear windows, and the SE Nav has sat-nav too. The SEL - among other things – adds ambient lighting and the R-Line has 20” alloy wheels.
Tiguan has “ingenious engineering”, VW claims
Volkswagen UK Head of Marketing, Rod McLeod, argues: “This exceptional new car showcases the very best of what Volkswagen can deliver.” He suggests: “Ingenious engineering, exceptional practicality and fine styling sit alongside class-leading safety in a package that brings a premium look and feel to the compact SUV class.”