Volkswagen Australia is introducing the 2015 Tiguan model update, which comes with more standard features, enhanced technology, sporty R-Line options, and a new 2.0 TDI diesel engine.
There are four different engine and trim levels to choose from this time around, including the entry 1.4 TSI producing 118kW, to the 2.0 TSI developing 132kW, up to the range-topping 2.0 TSI with 155kW. New to the Tiguan is a 2.0 TDI turbo-diesel producing 130kW and 380Nm. All models use 4MOTION all-wheel drive except for the entry 118 TSI which is front-wheel drive.
Acceleration times for 0-100km/h span from 8.9 seconds for the 118 TSI, to 8.5 for the 130 TDI, 7.9 seconds for the 132 TSI, and as low as 7.3 seconds for the 155 TSI. Meanwhile, average economy ratings span from 6.2L/100km in the 130 TDI, to 8.8L/100km in the 132 TSI and 155 TSI.
Volkswagen announces the R-Line option package for the 132 TSI and 130 TDI models for the first time, adding 18-inch alloy wheels, a sporty bodykit, sports suspension, and R-Line interior highlights. The pack comes standard with the range-topping 155 TSI.
With the flagship 155 TSI R-Line, you also get a Vienna leather interior, sat-nav, adaptive cruise control, adaptive sports suspension with different settings, and various R-Line badges throughout the exterior and interior.
Safety has been improved for all variants, with a rear-view camera now equipped as standard. All models also get fatigue detection technology as standard. Six airbags, auto hill hold, stability and traction control continue to be part of the lineup, with an ANCAP five star safety rating.
Versatility remains unchanged, with 60:40 split-fold rear seats that are also slide and recline adjustable, with 395 litres of cargo capacity in the back. With the rear seats folded flat the cargo space expands to 1510 litres.
So far this year Volkswagen Australia has sold 5090 examples of the Tiguan (as of September VFACTS figures), which gives it 8.5 per cent market share. It is the fifth best-selling model in the class, behind the Hyundai ix35 (13,755) and Subaru XV (8623).
Prices for the new range are as follows:
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan 118TSI six-speed manual – $28,990
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan 118TSI six-speed DSG – $31,490
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI seven-speed DSG – $36,990
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan 130TDI seven-speed DSG – $39,990
2015 Volkswagen Tiguan 155TSI seven-speed DSG – $44,990