Volkswagen Tiguan SUV, has received a series of updates.

The Tiguan Life is offered as a 1.4-litre 110kW/250Nm with front-wheel drive and six-speed DSG transmission; or as a 132TSI 4MOTION all-wheel drive with a seven-speed DSG with 132kW and 320Nm.

Tiguan Elegance and R-Line have the choice of a 162kW/350Nm petrol variant or the 147kW/400Nm turbo-diesel, both versions with a seven-speed DSG automatic and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

Tech highlights include standard Digital Cockpit Pro, Touch climate controls and IQ.DRIVE with a new haptic touch steering wheel.

Replacing Traffic Jam Assist, Travel Assist allows for partially automated driving from slow moving stop-and-go traffic to highway speeds. Pushing a button on the steering wheel activates adaptive lane guidance and uses adaptive cruise control to allow semi-autonomous driving on highways.

On R-Line models, the conventional buttons have been replaced with ‘touch’ buttons which give haptic feedback. A slight touch will advance the cruise control speed by 1 km increments, while a firm touch will advance the speed by 10km increments.

The Tiguan features IQ. Lights with Matrix LED headlights on Elegance & R-Line models. The dipped beam and main beam are formed with individually controllable LEDs. The beam pattern is individually adapted to each driving situation to ensure maximum dazzle-fee illumination of the road.

Instead of foglights, the upgraded Tiguan has an “all-weather light function” this distributes the light in a specific way to illuminate the road better in generally poor weather conditions like rain, fog and snowfall.

Standard across the range is the 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro. Using the multifunction steering wheel, the driver can configure the high-resolution display to their personal tastes.

The Tiguan now comes standard with touch climate controls on the centre console. The touch sensitive surface allows the user to control the fan speed and temperature controls simply by sliding their finger or with a slight push.

The bars are indented so the driver can make changes without taking their eyes off the road.

Available for the first time on the Tiguan the proactive protection system protects occupants, within the limits of the system, in critical situations such as imminent collisions.

It can even sense situations in which there is an increased risk of a crash. The system automatically closes the windows and (if fitted) the panoramic sliding sunroof, and tightens the front seat belts.

The 110TSI variants of the new Tiguan range are on sale from mid-March 2021. The 162TSI and 147TDI variants arrive in late May followed in June by the 132TSI.

“With the introduction of new technology from the new Mark 8 Golf, the 2021 Tiguan is not a mere mid-life upgrade,” Volkswagen Group Australia MD Michael Bartsch said. “Increasingly Tiguan is the model with which Volkswagen is becoming synonymous.”


LED Headlights with High Beam Assist, LED foglights & tail lights
18-inch Nizza alloy wheels with space saving spare
8-inch Discover Media navigation system with voice and gesture control
Easy Open and Close electric tailgate
Three-zone climate “Touch” control, which includes controls in the rear seat area
Automatic lights and wipers
Electric folding mirrors, heated

Additional spec over the Life grade includes:
Vienna leather appointed trim
Electric front seats with electric lumbar support, easy entry and memory
Heated front seats
Heated steering wheel
19″ Auckland alloy wheels with space saver spare
Adaptive Chassis Control
IQ. Light matrix LED headlights and Premium LED tail lights with dynamic indicators
9.2-inch Discover Pro navigation system with voice and gesture control
Tinted rear windows
30 colour ambient interior lighting
Additional chrome and silver styling elements

The R-Line grade comes with the 162TSI or 147TDI engines both with all-wheel-drive. Additional spec over the Elegance grade:
20-inch Misano alloy wheels
R-Line steering wheel with “Touch” haptic feedback buttons
R-Line Vienna leather appointed upholstery
R-Line front and rear bumpers
R-Line side sills
R-Line rear spoiler
R-Line badges on front grill and side spears
Stainless steel foot pedals
Black headliner
Progressive steering
Automatic electric tailgate (Easy Open & Close function is not available on R-Line models)

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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