Volkswagen Australia’s best-selling model, the Tiguan SUV has received update and will go sale Downunder in two stages. The Tiguan 162TSI and the new 147TDI models arrive in late May followed in June by the 132TSI.

Tiguan comes in three grades: Life; Elegance; and the sport-themed R-Line.

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

Volkswagen Tiguan Elegance and R-Line models comes with either the 162kW/350Nm petrol variant or the 147kW/400Nm diesel, both versions with seven-speed DSG and 4MOTION.

All now have Digital Cockpit Pro, Touch climate controls and IQ.DRIVE with a new haptic touch steering wheel.

IQ.DRIVE replaces Traffic Jam Assist and allows for partially automated from slow moving stop-and-go traffic to highway speeds.

On R-Line models, the conventional buttons have been replaced with ‘touch’ buttons which give haptic feedback with a small vibration when a selection is made. The buttons are also touch force sensitive. For example, a slight touch will advance the cruise control speed by 1 km increments, while a firm touch will advance the speed by 10km increments.

Volkswagen Tiguan features IQ. Lights with Matrix LED headlights on the Elegance and 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, high precision and dazzle- fee illumination of the road.

Instead of foglights, the updated Tiguan has an all-weather light function which distributes the light in a special way to illuminate the road better in generally poor weather conditions like rain, fog and snowfall. The static cornering lights are switched on simultaneously with the main beam in both headlights to provide a better view of the road ahead.

Now standard across the range is the 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro that allows customisation of the high-definition display to suit personal tastes.

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

Available for the first time on the Tiguan and now standard across the range is Proactive Occupant Protection. This protects occupants within the limits of the system in critical situations such as imminent collisions. It can detect 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.

“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 Managing Director Michael Bartsch said. “Increasingly Tiguan is the model with which Volkswagen is becoming synonymous.”

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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