Volkswagen Tiguan (2016–)

Model History

September 2015

Volkswagen Tiguan revealed

There is a sporty Tiguan R-Line, a classic on-road model, an off-road version tuned specifically for off-road use and a concept plug-in hybrid GTE with 160 218PS of system power.

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan is 4,494mm long, 1,899mm wide and 1,766mm high.

Wheel and tyre sizes are:

17-inch with 215/65 R17 tyres

18-inch with 235/55 R18 tyres

19-inch with 235/50 R19 fronts and 255/45 R19 rears

20-inch with 235/45 R20 fronts and 255/40 R20 rears

It has a body weight 50kg lighter than the original Tiguan, yet more space inside. Load volume of the new Tiguan is 615 litres (loaded to the back of the rear bench) and with rear seat backrests are folded, capacity increases to 1,655 litres.

A broad range of eight engines have power outputs from between 85kW/115PS to 176kW/240PS and are . up to 24 per cent more fuel-efficient than the previous model. The new 4MOTION Active Control lets drivers adjust the all-wheel drive system more individually and easily to all driving conditions. The Tiguan has also been engineered for trailer weights of up to 2,500 kg. The assistance systems perfect the vehicle's convenience, dynamism and safety (including Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, all as standard).

January 2016

Tiguan GTE unveiled

After starting the drive system, the Tiguan GTE always drives at first as a zero emissions vehicle in the all-electric E-mode. Normally, it is driven by the rear wheels, but if there is a risk of traction loss, the front wheels are engaged too within fractions of a second.

All four wheels are also activated when the driver selects 4MOTION Active Control of the all-wheel drive or off-road programs. Then too, the Tiguan GTE Active Concept starts up in all-wheel drive and with zero emissions (provided of course that the battery is sufficiently charged). The Volkswagen can cover up to 20 miles all-electrically. The vehicle's driving range (based on a battery capacity of 12.4 kWh and a 64-liter fuel tank) is 580 miles.

The Tiguan GTE Active Concept - which is equipped with a turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine (TSI, 110 kW / 250 Nm) and two electric motors (front 40 kW / 220 Nm, rear 85 kW / 270 Nm) - shows that a plug-in hybrid drive (system power: 165 kW / 225 PS) can confidently supply all four wheels with propulsive force under off-road conditions. The all wheel drive system - known as 4MOTION at Volkswagen - boosts traction and contributes to active safety on normal roads as well.

April 2016

Volkswagen Tiguan opens for orders in the UK

In the UK the car will over time be offered with up to three new petrol engines, with power outputs from 125 PS to 180 PS, and four new diesel engines ranging from 115 PS to 240 PS. All EU6-compliant, they are more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the comparable EU5 engines of the previous model. The diesel engines feature SCR catalytic converter technology, using the now familiar AdBlue additive.

As order books open, the high-volume diesel will be available as a 2.0 TDI 150 PS with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) or six-speed manual transmission; or with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. In addition the 2.0 TSI with 180 PS, 4MOTION and DSG is also on offer from today. These engines are expected to account for around three quarters of UK Tiguan sales.

The first wave of engines in the UK offer 0-62 mph times of between 7.7 seconds (2.0 TSI 180 PS) to 9.3 seconds (2.0 TDI 150 PS), with top speeds, where legal, ranging from 129 mph to 124 mph. For the first wave of engines, CO2 emissions are calculated at between 125 g/km (2.0 TDI 150 PS front-wheel drive with six-speed manual gearbox), to 170 g/km (2.0 TSI 180 PS 4MOTION with seven-speed DSG).

Fuel economy for the launch engines, on the official EU combined cycle, ranges from 58.9 mpg (2.0 TDI 150 PS front wheel drive six-speed manual) to 38.2mpg (2.0 TSI 180 PS 4MOTION with seven-speed DSG).

Trim Engine Drive Gearbox Power CO 2 (g/km) RRP
S 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 2WD Six-speed manual 150 PS 125* £25,530.00
S 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 4MOTION Six-speed manual 150 PS 146* £27,130.00
S 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 4MOTION Seven-speed DSG 150 PS 149* £28,730.00
SE 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 2WD Six-speed manual 150 PS 125* £27,280.00
SE 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 4MOTION Six-speed manual 150 PS 146* £28,880.00
SE 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 4MOTION Seven-speed DSG 150 PS 149* £30,480.00
SE Nav 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 2WD Six-speed manual 150 PS 125* £28,005.00
SE Nav 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 4MOTION Six-speed manual 150 PS 146* £29,605.00
SE Nav 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 4MOTION Seven-speed DSG 150 PS 149* £31,205.00
SEL 2.0 TSI BMT 4MOTION Seven-speed DSG 180 PS 170* £32,115.00
SEL 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 2WD Six-speed manual 150 PS 125* £29,580.00
SEL 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 4MOTION Six-speed manual 150 PS 146* £31,180.00
SEL 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 4MOTION Seven-speed DSG 150 PS 149* £32,780.00
R-Line 2.0 TSI BMT 4MOTION Seven-speed DSG 180 PS 170* £34,430.00
R-Line 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 2WD Six-speed manual 150 PS 125* £31,895.00
R-Line 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 4MOTION Six-speed manual 150 PS 146* £33,495.00
R-Line 2.0 TDI SCR BMT 4MOTION Seven-speed DSG 150 PS 149* £35,095.00

October 2016

Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 BiTDI and 2.0 TSI launched

The 2.0 BiTDI-equipped Tiguan has 240PS and sprints from rest to 62 mph in just 6.5 seconds. A start/stop system and battery regeneration contribute to a CO2 figure of 167g/km and a claimed 44.1mpg

The Tiguan 2.0 TSI 180 PS with a six-speed manual or new seven-speed wet clutch DSG transmission also comes with 4MOTION four-wheel drive. It has a 0-62 mph time of 7.7 seconds and a CO2 figure of 170g/km and an official economy figure of 39.8mpg with the manual gearbox.

Both the Tiguan 2.0 BiTDI 240 and 2.0TSI 180 are exclusively offered with the range-topping SEL or R-Line trims. Tiguan SEL standard features include Volkswagen’s Discover Navigation infotainment and satellite navigation system with eight-inch colour touch-screen.

Adaptive Cruise Control uses radar to govern the distance to the car ahead automatically. In addition the SEL comes with Active Info Display – a 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT screen located within the binnacle in front of the driver and replacing conventional analogue instruments. It can be configured to show a variety of information about the car, or even relay the satellite navigation route guidance.

July 2017

Seven new petrol derivatives added to Volkswagen Tiguan range. A 1.4-litre 125 PS TSI 2WD has been introduced on the SE and SE Nav trim lines, offering a lower entry price from just £25,000 RRP OTR.

The 1.4-litre 150 PS 2WD DSG is now available on the SEL and R-Line which, priced from £29,900 RRP OTR for the SEL trim, also creates a lower entry point into these luxurious and sporty models.

Volkswagen Tiguan – petrol engine models

Model

Engine

Gearbox

Doors

Power

CO₂ (g/km)

OTR RRP

SE

1.4 TSI 2WD

6-Sp Man

5

125 PS

139

£25,000.00

SE Nav

1.4 TSI 2WD

6-Sp Man

5

125 PS

139

£25,725.00

SE Nav

1.4 TSI ACT 2WD

6-Sp DSG

5

150 PS

140

£28,325.00

SE Nav

1.4 TSI ACT 4WD

6-Sp Man

5

150 PS

155

£28,590.00

SE Nav

1.4 TSI ACT 4WD

6-Sp DSG

5

150 PS

163

£30,080.00

SEL

1.4 TSI ACT 2WD

6-Sp DSG

5

150 PS

140

£29,900.00

R-Line

1.4 TSI ACT 2WD

6-Sp DSG

5

150 PS

140

£32,215.00

December 2018

reader reported that Tiguan 2.0TSI has been dropped from the Tiguan range.

January 2019

New trim levels and new 230PS petrol engine for Tiguan

Volkswagen has added a host of equipment upgrades to the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace, with the introduction of new Match and R-Line Tech specifications, in addition to a new petrol engine with 230PS.

Match trim replaces the SE and SE Nav trims, but also brings a rear view camera, park assist, keyless entry and 19-inch Victoria alloy wheels.

The Tiguan Match starts from £26,750 Volkswagen’s 130PS 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine, two-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, and the Tiguan Match range is topped by a 190PS 2.0-litre TDI SCR variant with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a DSG gearbox, at £34,770.

R-Line is also being replaced by a new R-Line Tech trim. This specification now includes area view, Park Assist, Keyless entry and full electric tailgate operation. Prices start at £33,150 for the 150PS 1.5-litre TSI EVO variant with a DSG gearbox, and £38,335 for the new 230PS 2.0 TSI version, with more engines to follow.

The new 230 PS 2.0-litre TSI engine produces 350Nm of torque, allowing a 0-62mph time of 6.3 seconds, and a top speed of 142mph. The 230PS engine is offered in both R-Line Tech and SEL Tiguans, and as standard gets both 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG gearbox. This range-topping petrol Tiguan returns 36.7 mpg on a combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 175 g/km. SEL cars equipped with the 230PS engine are priced at £35,820.

October 2019

Volkswagen Tiguan updated for 2020

The Tiguan features a new engine – a 1.6-litre, 115PS TDI unit, replacing the 2.0-litre TDI with the same power in the entry-level S trim. This 1598cc, 280Nm engine achieves a WLTP-certified 48.1mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting 128g/km CO2 (NEDC), and represents the most affordable diesel offering in the Tiguan range, at £26,515 RRP OTR.

A set of optional LED headlights is also now available for the Tiguan S and Match, enhancing the front end of the car compared with the halogen-equipped standard S and Match. As with other S and Match trims, the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace are now provided with a standard-fit VW Connect Dongle.

July 2020

New Volkswagen Tiguan offers hybrid tech and R model for 2021



The plug-in hybrid SUV Tiguan eHybrid has an electric range of 30 miles. The PHEV system offers a combined power of 245PS, and can operate in electric-only mode at speeds up to 81mph. No economy figures have been released for the eHybrid just yet though.

The eHybrid offers multiple driving modes, too, including one named GTE that maximises the output of both the engine and electric motor. With a powertrain similar to that used in the Golf, Passat and Arteon PHEVs, it combines a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor for 245PS.

The updated range also features changes to its TDI diesel engines, which will be fitted with two SCR catalytic converters, each with its own AdBlue injection. Volkswagen says these changes reduce NOx emissions compared to the previous model.

The new 320PS Tiguan R is the other new addition to the SUV's mid-life update, joining the larger Touareg R in Volkswagen's performance range. It uses a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive. Further performance details are to be confirmed.

In terms of design, the new Tiguan sees minor changes, including standard front and rear LED lights, a new front bumper featuring enlarged air intakes and a more prominent grille. The interior changes bring the Tiguan in line with Volkswagen’s newer models, including the newest infotainment system and larger touchscreens.

Wireless Apple CarPlay is offered, as well as a 'We Connect' system - which allows the user to connect to a variety of online services, including live traffic data and numerous app-based functions. There are also two illuminated USB-C ports in the centre console, new multicoloured ambient lighting and, on the Tiguan R, exterior logo projection.

The touch buttons can optionally be used to operate functions such as the seat, rear window and windscreen heating - while a sports steering wheel is an option, as is a wheel that offers touch-sensitive controls and sliders in place of buttons.

The new Tiguan is due on sale in autumn 2020.

What does a Volkswagen Tiguan (2016) cost?

List Price from £26,380
Buy new from £22,303
Contract hire from £234.89 per month