2021 Volkswagen Tiguan gains additional petrol engine options
The revised Volkswagen Tiguan has been given two additional petrol engine options for 2021. The pair use the same 2.0-litre turbocharged unit found in the Golf GTI.
Here’s what you need to know about the tweaked crossover.
Exterior revisions are most notable at the front, where you’ll find a completely redesigned front end incorporating new headlights and a larger grille that has a touch of the Touareg about it.
At the rear, the tail lights have gained a new design too. The tweaks are minor, but are more than enough to ensure the Tiguan remains competitive into 2021.
Inside, changes are even less noticeable – there is a new steering wheel and a freshly updated infotainment system, but other than that it’s business as usual.
The MIB3 infotainment system gets an 8in touchscreen and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A wireless app also facilitates smartphone mirroring without the need for cables.
The biggest change has been to the trim level format, with four models now offered. Entry-level models now feature a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 130hp as standard. It’s mated to a six-speed gearbox and allows for combined fuel consumption of up to 44mpg. It can automatically switch off two of its cylinders to increase economy and lower emissions.
The mid-range Life model is available with a more potent 1.5-litre option, which produces 150hp. It gets an automatic seven-speed gearbox as standard.
Trim-wise, Life introduces 19in alloy wheels, roof rails, leather wrapped steering wheel, revised seats and three-zone climate control. This model is expected to be the most popular choice in the UK>
Two models sit at the top of the range – Elegance and R-Line. They give the choice of luxury and comfort or a sportier driving experience. They are both offered with the same 150hp 1.5-litre petrol as the Life, while a 2.0-litre turbodiesel is also offered in two specifications, producing 150hp and 200hp respectively.
The R-Line is also available with the newly added turbocharged petrol option, which produces 245hp. This gives it a 0-62mph time of 6 seconds and a top speed of 142mph. A less potent 190hp version of this engine is available on both the Elegance and R-Line.
Elegance models are marked out by 19in alloy wheels, revised LED matrix headlights and chrome trim. They also feature heated seats and steering wheel, VW’s 10.25in digital cockpit and keyless entry and ignition.
Opt for the R-Line and you’ll get 20in alloy wheels, a sportier suspension set-up, R-style bumpers and a rear spoiler. On the inside, you’ll get a sports steering wheel, brushed aluminium trim and medals and R-Line specific scuff plates.
The R-Line also features Emergency Assist and Travel Assist, which allows for semi-autonomous driving. A range-topping Tiguan R and a hybrid model are expected next year.
We’ll bring you more details on those when they are revealed, but you can check out Tiguan leasing deals right now.