Volkswagen Tiguan (2008–2016)

Model History

October 2007

Available for ordering

S 1.4-litre CHAIN CAM TSI 150 PS 4MOTION 6spd manual 199g/km, £19,370

S 2.0-litre TDI BELT CAM 140 PS 4MOTION 6spd manual 189g/km £20,500

S 2.0-litre TDI BELT CAM 140 PS 4MOTION 6spd auto tiptronic 199g/km, £21,750

SE 1.4-litre TSI CHAIN CAM 150 PS 4MOTION 6spd manual 199g/km £20,670

SE 2.0-litre TDI BELT CAM 140 PS 4MOTION 6spd manual 189g/km £21,800

SE 2.0-litre TDI BELT CAM 140 PS 4MOTION 6spd auto tiptronic 199g/km £23,050

Sport 2.0-litre TDI BELT CAM 140 PS 4MOTION 6spd manual 189g/km £22,500

Sport 2.0-litre TDI BELT CAM 140 PS 4MOTION 6spd auto tiptronic 199g/km, £23,750

Escape 2.0-litre TDI BELT CAM 140 PS 4MOTION 6spd manual 189 g/k, £22,050

Escape 2.0-litre TDI BELT CAM 140 PS 4MOTION 6spd auto tiptronic 199g/km £23,300

For cars with satnav, Trafficmaster subscription included as from Week 31 2007 build.

12 year body warranty. Low ABI Group 9 insurance.

Top version called Tiguan R-Line with 19-inch multi-spoke wheels, a unique set of front and rear bumpers, subtle wheel arch extensions and colour-coded sills and pair of split chrome bars in the grille. Has sports seats and a flat bottomed multifunction steering wheel.

Tyres are: 215/65/R16 (preferred for cold weather tyres) and 235/55/R17. Best not to go for bigger wheels and lower profile tyres.

January 2008

Compact SUV built at Wolfsburg and launched in UK in January 2008. Has new generation radio and 30GB hard disc navigation system. Rear parking camera. Switchable 'Offroad Mode'. 18 and 28 degree entry angles.

Two body variants of the Tiguan differ primarily in their front ends. The “Trend & Fun” and “Sport & Style” versions are designed for a maximum entry angle of 18 degrees in front. The “Track & Field” Tiguan that is tuned even more for offroad duty can assume entry angles of up to 28 degrees with its front end.

4,400mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,690mm high.

McPherson strut fron suspen sion with aluminum support fram; four-link rear axle matched to the four-wheel drive system 4MOTION. Chassis development goals were:
* Agile driving behavior (not 100% successful)
* Very good vibration behavior and ride comfort (did not feed through to poroduction)
* Low roll angle with harmonic roll dynamics
* High driving dynamic stability (not 100% successful)
* Good Offroad handling

New generation of electromechanical power steering giving very precise steering feel, even offroad yet no jolts transmitted to the steering wheel. 16-inch wheels with 215/65 R16 tires. The “Sport & Style” Tiguan also has as standard 17-inch alloy wheels and 235/55 R17 tires. 18-inch wheels with tires in 235/50 R18 format are available as special equipment.

Offroad Mode is offered exclusively on the Tiguan “Track & Field”. One switch activates the “hill descent assistant” (for optimal control on slopes), “adaptation of driver’s pedal characteristic” (for finer gradations of torque), “EDS adaptation” (electronic differential locks are activated at the slightest slip), “ABS adaptation” (improved braking action on loose road materials), “hill climb assist” (support when climbing and protection of the clutch) and – in conjunction with automatic transmission – “gear preselect” (including optimal engine braking action). These numerous functions involve up to five ECUs that manage the systems. The pushbutton itself is connected to the engine controller. From there, the information “Offroad Mode active” is communicated to other ECUs via the vehicle’s CAN bus. For safety reasons, the function has to be reactivated after each ignition cycle.

In the UK, the Tiguan was initially available with two engines: a 2.0-litre 140 PS TDI diesel which is likely to be the most popular model, and a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI petrol unit. Later in 2008 a 170 PS TDI and two further petrol engines became available to order. Both diesel engines meet the stringent Euro 5 emissions standard that comes into effect in 2009.

All Tiguan models will be offered with standard 4MOTION ‘intelligent’ four-wheel drive. The front axle adopts a strut type system linked to a lightweight aluminium support frame with electromechanical power steering. A four-link rear axle lends the Tiguan sharp dynamics suited to off-road applications.

The range is split into four trim levels: S, SE and Sport which have a front end treatment biased towards on-road applications and an 18 degree angle of approach – a figure that defines the angle of slope the Tiguan can traverse. Additionally an Escape trim level will be offered for those customers looking for additional off-road capability. This has a unique front end design featuring a shorter overhang, protective element over the front radiator grille, a sump guard, hill descent control and a compass as well as a 28 degree angle of approach.

Two engines at launch: a 2.0-litre TDI 140bhp diesel and a CHAIN CAM 1.4-litre TSI 150bhp petrol unit. Later in 2008 a 170bhp TDI engine and a further pair of TSI petrol engines were added to the line-up. All diesel engines comply with the strict Euro 5 emissions standard that comes into effect in 2009. Both six-speed manual and tiptronic automatic transmissions will be offered with the 2.0-litre TDI 140bhp engine.

Towing capacity 2,000 - 2,200 kg. The rear bench slides fore and aft to liberate extra leg or luggage room, provides seating for three passengers; and when the rear seats are folded away, the Tiguan has a load volume of up to 1,510 litres. Standard equipment features alloy wheels, air conditioning, MP3 compatible CD player, ABS with Hydraulic Brake Assist, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), head and curtain airbags plus twin front and side airbags among a host of other items.

Options include Volkswagen’s new RNS 510 touchscreen satellite navigation and audio system incorporating special navigation software to allow route guidance while off-road. The Park Assist system which was pioneered on the Touran and takes over steering inputs from the driver whilst undertaking reverse parking manoeuvres is also offered on the Tiguan.

June 2008

In summer 2008 Tiguan engine range to be joined by a new 170bhp TDI engine and range-topping 200bhp TSI.

S 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS6-speed manual £19,370
S 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6-speed manual £20,500
S 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6-speed auto Tiptronic £21,750

SE 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS 6-speed manual £20,670
SE 2.0-litre TSI 170 PS 6-speed manual £22,270*
SE 2.0-litre TSI 170 PS 6-speed auto Tiptronic £22,615*
SE 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6-speed manual £21,800
SE 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 5-speed auto Tiptronic £23,050
SE 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS 6-speed manual £23,700*

Sport 2.0-litre TSI 170 PS 6-speed manual £22,870*
Sport 2.0-litre TSI 170 PS 6-speed auto Tiptronic £24,215*
Sport 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6-speed manual £22,500
Sport 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 5-speed auto Tiptronic £23,750
Sport 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS 6-speed manual £23,400*

Escape 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6-speed manual £22,050
Escape 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 5-speed auto Tiptronic £23,300

Available from 1st February 2008

* 2.0 TSI 170 and TDI 170 From Summer 2008

April 2009

New Tiguan R Line

Based on Sport model with body-coloured front splitter sitting below the front bumper along with a matt chrome grille section. Blistered wheel arches surround new R Line 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels fitted with 255/40 tyres. A set of subtle body-colour sill extensions complete with matt chrome highlights are fitted leading into the new rear bumper complete with a small diffuser element. Finally, a small spoiler sits at the top of the rear window to complete the new look. Inside the Tiguan R Line a new flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel is joined by a set of contoured sports seats complete with logos.

New R Line aluminium pedals and trim. Advanced 2Zone climate control is also fitted as standard in addition to the already comprehensive range of standard equipment fitted to the Sport model. Â This includes four airbags, automatic lights, front fog lights, rain sensors and sports suspension.The new R Line model is available fitted with a range of efficient 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel engines in 140 PS and 170 PS outputs as well as a 2.0-litre TSI engine developing 200 PS.

The Tiguan R Line can be specified with a choice of five colours; Candy White (pictured), Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Biscay Blue and Mountain Grey. Sales of the new Tiguan R Line are due to start in June. Prices start at £24,635 for the 2.0-litre 140 PS model rising to £26,305 for the 2.0-litre TSI range-topping engine.

May 2010

Tiguan Match announced

Replacing the SE trim level, the new Tiguan Match promises to deliver greater value and equipment to the comprehensive list of comfort and convenience features already fitted to the Tiguan.

The new VW Tiguan Match will add Park Assist, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, climate control, a touchscreen DAB digital radio and a leather multifunction steering wheel. This comes in addition to the existing standard specification which includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-disc CD autochanger, heat insulating glass from the B-pillar back, six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) and ABS. Costs £250 more than outgoing SE.

The Match is available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol engines are a 1.4-litre TSI unit developing 150 PS and a 2.0-litre TSI engine producing 170 PS. The diesel variants are based on a 2.0-litre TDI engine with either 140 or 170 PS outputs. Both the 170 PS petrol and the 140 PS diesel engines can now be specified with the newly introduced option of a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

The Tiguan Match is on sale now with a starting price of £22,110 ‘on the road’ RRP for the 1.4-litre TSI BlueMotion Technology model with two-wheel drive. The full Match model line-up is shown below.

Tiguan Match model CO 2 emissions, g/km ‘On the road’ RRP
1.4-litre TSI 150 PS 6 spd manual
BlueMotion Technology 2WD
156 £22,110
1.4-litre TSI 150 PS 6 spd manual 185 £22,845
2.0-litre TSI 170 PS 6 spd manual 199 £23,560
2.0-litre TSI 170 PS 7 spd DSG 199 £24,810
2.0-litreTDI 140 PS 6 spd manual
BlueMotion Technology 2WD
139 £23,195
2.0-litreTDI140 PS 6 spd manual 167 £23,900
2.0-litreTDI140 PS 7 spd DSG 170 £25,300
2.0-litreTDI170 PS 6 spd manual 172 £24,785

July 2011

Revised Tiguan goes on sale

Volkswagen’s revised Tiguan compact SUV went on sale with prices starting from £21,085 and rising to £28,020 (RRP OTR). The first customer deliveries will arrive in the UK in September.

Like the previous model, the latest Tiguan is unique in being available not only with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive, but also with the option of two front ends. One has a front end biased towards on-road driving with an 18 degree angle of approach while an ‘Escape’ model has a 28 degree angle of approach and additional technologies for off-road driving.

Whichever version is chosen, all new Tiguans feature a new look dominated by horizontal lines on the front grille, bringing the model into line with other new Volkswagen models. The Tiguan now also once again bears a strong resemblance to its ‘big brother’ the Touareg. At the rear, new two-part light clusters give the Tiguan a distinctive appearance. Again, similar to those of the Touareg, they form an ‘L’ shape, while the lower border of the lights also follows a horizontal geometry.

Four trim levels available: S, SE, Sport and Escape. All models will be well equipped, with 16-inch alloy wheels, Climatic air conditioning, DAB radio and alarm standard on even the entry-level S. SE adds 17-inch alloys, 2Zone electronic air conditioning, Park Assist, iPod and Bluetooth preparation plus Fatigue Detection system (as fitted to the new Passat) as standard. Sport versions gain multi-function steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity, plus chrome plated roof rails, heat insulated and tinted glass from the B-pillar back, sport seats, front fog lights and sports suspension among other items. The new Escape model features comfort and convenience features (including Bluetooth and multi-function steering wheel) which were not previously available, reflecting a change in customer demands for off-road capability and a high level of equipment.

Six engines are available, three petrol and three diesel, four of which are new to the Tiguan. New engines include a twin-charged 1.4-litre TSI with 160 PS (up from 150 in previous generation), a 2.0-litre TSI with 180 PS and a 2.0-litre TSI with 210 PS (previously 200 PS). Despite the increase in power CO2 emissions have remained as before or improved.

A 2.0-litre TDI 110 PS engine is offered in two-wheel drive and with a CO2 output of 139 g/km. A further two diesel power units are carried over from the previous generation (the 2.0-litre common rail TDI with 140 and 170 PS). All have improved carbon dioxide emissions values: the 170 PS engine now emits 158 rather than 165 g/km; while the 140 PS unit has been improved substantially meaning it is now in a lower VED band (reduction from 164 to 150 g/km manual and 169 to 158 g/km for seven-speed DSG). Diesel engines will account for around 90 per cent of Tiguan sales; the best-selling derivative is expected to be the 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS.

Both the 2.0-litre TDI 110 and 140 PS models, as well as the 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS with two-wheel drive are designated BlueMotion Technology models. As such they feature Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems to enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions.

A number of options are available for the first time on the latest Tiguan, including Kessy (Keyless Entry and Start System), the RNS 315 satellite navigation system, Lane Assist (which helps prevent accidents caused by the driver drifting out of the lane) and Light Assist which switches between dipped and main beam depending on oncoming traffic.

Also available as an option is XDS electronic differential lock – as fitted to the Golf GTI. A functional extension of the electronic locks already integrated via ESP, XDS improves handling when driving quickly through bends.

Naturally the latest Tiguan retains all the versatility and practicality for which the previous model was renowned, being a four-door, five-seater. The rear seat (from SE upwards) is a 60:40 split bench that can be adjusted forwards and backwards by up to 16 cm and also reclined, while cargo capacity ranges from 470 to 1,510 litres.

Trim level Engine derivative CO 2 , g/km Price, £ RRP OTR
S 1.4 TSI 160 PS 2WD BMT 6spd man 156 21,085
S 1.4 TSI 160 PS 4WD 6spd man 178 21,990
S 2.0 TDI 110 PS 2WD BMT 6spd man 139 21,730
S 2.0 TDI 140 PS 2WD BMT 6spd man 139 22,280
S 2.0 TDI 140 PS 4WD BMT 6spd man 150 23,280
S 2.0 TDI 140 PS 4WD BMT DSG 7spd 158 24,775
SE 1.4 TSI 160 PS 2WD BMT 6spd man 156 23,450
SE 1.4 TSI 160 PS 4WD 6spd man 178 24,355
SE 2.0 TSI 180 PS 4WD 6spd man 199 25,185
SE 2.0 TSI 180 PS 4WD DSG 7spd 199 26,675
SE 2.0 TDI 140 PS 2WD BMT 6spd man 139 24,645
SE 2.0 TDI 140 PS 4WD BMT 6spd man 150 25,645
SE 2.0 TDI 140 PS 4WD BMT DSG 7spd 158 27,170
SE 2.0 TDI 170 PS 4WD 6spd man 158 26,325
Sport 1.4 TSI 160 PS 2WD BMT 6spd man 156 23,920
Sport 1.4 TSI 160 PS 4WD 6spd man 178 24,825
Sport 2.0 TSI 180 PS 4WD 6spd man 199 25,655
Sport 2.0 TSI 210 PS 4WD 6spd man 199 26,530
Sport 2.0 TSI 210 PS 4WD DSG 7 Spd 199 28,020
Sport 2.0 TDI 140 PS 2WD BMT 6spd man 139 25,115
Sport 2.0 TDI 140 PS 4WD BMT 6spd man 150 26,115
Sport 2.0 TDI 140 PS 4WD BMT DSG 7spd 158 27,640
Sport 2.0 TDI 170 PS 4WD 6spd man 158 26,795
Escape 2.0 TDI 140 PS 4WD BMT 6spd man 150 25,840
Escape 2.0 TDI 140 PS 4WD BMT DSG 7spd 158 27,335

October 2012

New trim level added to Tiguan line-up, the R-Line, which adds a number of unique and sporty styling touches inside and out.

Since it was added to the range, the Tiguan compact SUV has been a popular choice, with customers purchasing it in large numbers to make it the fourth best-selling Volkswagen after the Golf, Polo and Passat. In the first generation, the R-Line was one of the most popular Tiguan models, accounting for nearly 20 per cent of the total sales. Renewed for the latest model, the R-Line is now expected to be the choice of a quarter of Tiguan customers.

The new Tiguan R-Line is based on the already generous SE trim level, and adds bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch ‘Mallory’ alloy wheels, painted in Sterling Silver with black wheelarch extensions, body-coloured unique front and rear ‘R’ design bumpers and rear spoiler, an R-Line logo on the front grille and aluminium front door sills with R-Line logo. Inside, the theme continues with front sport seats and two-tone upholstery, R-Line logo on the front head restraints, leather multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inlay and R-Line logo and stainless steel pedals.

As befits its sporty styling and position in the range, the R-Line is available with the Tiguan’s three most powerful engines. These are the 2.0-litre TSI with 210 PS and 4MOTION four-wheel drive, plus Volkswagen’s popular 2.0-litre common rail TDI engine with either 140 or 170 PS and 4MOTION. All R-Line models come with a standard six-speed manual gearbox. Carbon dioxide emissions for all models are under 200 g/km: the petrol model emits 199 g/km, while the diesels are at 150 and 158 g/km for the 140 and 170 PS respectively.

On the road prices start at £28,020 for the R-Line 140 PS. There is a £680 premium for the 170 PS diesel, with the petrol model costing £28,435.

August 2013

Special Tiguan Match introduced

Ahead of new 2014 Tiguan, run out special Tiguan Match introduced with £700 worth of extra equipment over SE model but at £450 less.

On top of specification of the outgoing SE, Tiguan Match adds RNS 315 colour touchscreen satellite navigation system and new 17-inch ‘New Orleans’ alloys. Standard Bluetooth, as well as an MDI media interface with leads for iPhone (4 and earlier) and USB. Also a CD/DVD player, SD card provision and DAB digital radio. Multifunction steering wheel (trimmed in leather, just like the gear lever and handbrake) enables operation without taking your hands from the wheel.

Standard 2Zone climate control, folding picnic tables on the backs of the front seats. Standard rear outer seat ISOFIX tethers. The rear seats split 60:40, slide to increase luggage space or legroom as required by up to 16 cm, while backrest angles can be reclined by 23 degrees. Rear seats can also be folded to increase luggage capacity from 470 to 1,510 litres. Front passenger seat backrest can also be folded forwards, to create a load space up to 2.5 metres long for ladders, surf boards, etc. Room for smaller items both in the under-seat drawers and also under the boot floor, alongside the space-saver spare wheel.

The VW Tiguan Match calso comes with the latest Park Assist self-parking system which takes control of the steering wheel to either reverse- or parallel-park the Tiguan into spaces just 1.1 m longer than the vehicle.

The Tiguan Match is available with a wide choice of diesel and petrol engines and gearboxes, from a two-wheel drive 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS petrol to a four-wheel drive 2.0-litre TDI 177 PS turbodiesel, with emissions from just 139 g/km. On the road prices start at £23,245 for the Match 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS.

Engine CO2
g/km
Combined
mpg
ABI
insurance
group
Price, £ RRP OTR
1.4-litre TSI 160 PS 2WD BlueMotion Technology
6 spd manual
156 42.2 18E 23,245
1.4-litre TSI 160 PS 4MOTION 6 spd manual 178 37.2 18E 24,930
2.0-litre TSI 180 PS 4MOTION 6 spd manual 199 33.2 18E 25,770
2.0-litre TSI 180 PS 4MOTION 7 spd DSG 199 32.8 18E 27,260
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 2WD BlueMotion Technology
6 spd manual
139 53.3 18E £24,440
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 4MOTION 6 spd manual 150 48.7 18E £26,210
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 4MOTION 7 spd DSG 158 47.1 18E £27,735
2.0-litre TDI 177 PS 4MOTION 6 spd manual 151 48.7 23E £27,215
2.0-litre TDI 177 PS 4MOTION 7 spd DSG 159 47.1 23E £28,740

October 2014

Volkswagen is boosting the specification of the range-topping Tiguan R-Line model, adding satellite navigation as standard - and giving it an 'on the road' price reduction of £750. This means a value enhancement of nearly £1,500, with prices for the R-Line range now starting at £28,490 (RRP OTR).

April 2015

Factory fitted Convenience Pack available for Tiguan. Combines Keyless Entry, Lane Assist with cruise control and electrically foldable door mirrors for £950 (£1,205 if ordered separately).

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