Tiguan gets makeover but retains split personality
Volkswagen has put its revised Tiguan compact SUV on sale, and like its predecessor the car comes in two distinct formats.
As well as two and four-wheel drive models with a range of engines and trims, a 4WD Escape model is available with a more steeply raked front underside to suit off-roaders.
The front end of the Escape has a 28-degree angle of approach, compared to the 18 degrees of other Tiguan models.
Notable among the general changes is a new exterior style, following VW’s latest design language and returning the Tiguan to a look echoing that of its big brother Touareg.
Horizontal lines on the grille and two-part L-shaped rear light clusters are notable styling cues on the new model.
Four of the six engine choices on offer are new to the Tiguan. These are the 1.4-litre 157bhp TSI petrol, 2-litre TSIs of 177bhp and 207bhp, and a 2-litre TDI diesel of 109bhp. Matched to a two-wheel-drive transmission this engine produces CO2 emissions of just 139g/km.
The two engines retained from the previous Tiguan are both 2-litre diesels of 138 and 167bhp, though both have had their CO2 emissions improved – the 138bhp version by enough to drop it into a lower VED tax band.
Both these diesels and the 1.4 petrol in 2WD form carry VW’s Bluemotion eco branding and are fitted with start-stop and battery regeneration systems.
Trim levels range between S, SE, Sport and Escape. Several techno niceties are offered on the Tiguan for the first time, including Keyless Entry and Start, Lane Assist and Light Assist. This switches between dipped and main beam depending on oncoming traffic.
For those wanting the best on-road handling the XDS electronic differential lock fitted to the Golf GTI can also be specified.
Prices range from £21,085 for a 2WD 1.4 petrol Tiguan in S trim, up to the Sport 4WD 2-litre TDI of 138bhp with DSG gearbox at £27,640. First cars are expected on the road in September.
Words by: Andrew Charman