- Published: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 15:46
Volkswagen’s SUV aims higher at the premium competition, priced from $162,900 with COE
Singapore: Volkswagen took the covers off its second-generation Tiguan sports utility vehicle here today, ahead of its official debut at the Singapore Motor Show 2017 on January 12.
Two variants will be on sale: A 1.4-litre turbocharged inline four, the ‘Highline’ spec, for $162,900 with COE, and a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four, in R-Line spec, for $189,900 with COE. This includes a launch promotion of $5,000 off. The model shown here is the 2.0 R-Line variant.
This is the all-new model based on Volkswagen’s latest MQB platform technology, as seen on the Golf and Passat, and brings with a big step up in all areas, including drivetrain, space, equipment loadout and safety tech.
The first gen Tiguan was a huge success for VW globally, selling 2.64-million units worldwide and being the best-selling SUV in its home market of Germany. In Singapore, the 1.4-litre engine variant naturally did the best, with the upper-spec variant being the 2.0 model with all-wheel drive and R-Line variant.
2.0-litre turbo engine has 220bhp and 350Nm of torque
The new model follows suit with identical engine variants, although both feature new-generation drivetrains. As noted in our review of the second-gen car on CarBuyer.com.sg, MQB allows the car to be stretched considerably - “77mm more wheelbase and 60mm longer than before, at 2,681mm and 4,486mm respectively – it has more space between the wheels than BMW’s X1, which has 2,670mm, also running on the latest platform (BMW’s UKL).”
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While it’s grown larger, it hasn’t grown thirstier either: The 1.4-litre turbocharged engine is the first in Singapore to feature Active Cylinder Technology, which shuts off two cylinders from the engine’s bank of four at low-loads or cruising speed - VW claims a 10-percent improvement in efficiency from this. Audi, Bentley and Mercedes have similar systems in their high-performance V8 engines.
With 150bhp and 250Nm of torque, plus a six-speed DSG gearbox and start-stop, the Tiguan Highline 1.4 claims 6.2L/100km and 143g/km of CO2, a 0-100km/h of 9.3 seconds and top speed of 200km/h.
The standard Highline model has an impressive feature set, no doubt bolstering VW’s claim that the Tiguan has matured enough to take on rivals in the premium segment - this would include cars like the incoming Audi Q2, the current Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1.
Plenty of high-tech amenities and safety features for all Tiguan variants. Drive mode knob only for AWD 2.0
An active 12.3-inch ‘virtual’ cockput (like Audi’s TT and the VW Passat) provides a customisable set of instruments, there’s also a heads-up display, while the 8.0-inch infotainment system ‘Discover Pro’ has navigation, smartphone connectivity via CarPlay and Android Auto, and is mated to a 400W Dynaudio Excite Surround sound system. Also standard is a panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps, roof rails, automatic electric tailgate, keyless entry.
Of particular note is the car’s safety load-out: There are seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, fatigue detection, Park Assist 3.0 (auto parking), reverse camera, ‘Front Assist’ which alerts you to impending collisions, and City Emergency Braking which will stop the car autonomously. There’s also a post-crash braking system and a pedestrian-saving pop-up bonnet.
No surprise it won the Euro NCAP 2016 award for SUVs in its class, and a strong incentive for buyers, given competing small SUVs don’t usually pack as many safety features, even in the premium segment.
The 2.0 model is sold only in R-Line trim, so it includes typical R-Line touches such as a body kit, 19-inch wheels, blacked-out cosmetic parts, and even more equipment. A 2.0-litre turbocharged engine puts out 220bhp and 380Nm of torque, it’s mated to a seven-speed gearbox, and comes with 4MOTION all-wheel drive with selectable drive modes and DCC. Performance figures for the Tiguan R-Line 2.0 are to be confirmed.
UPDATE: 11/01/17 - The R-Line model adds adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree view camera, 19-inch wheels and electric front seats for driver and passenger. Performance specs are to be confirmed. Sadly the 2.0 biturbo diesel model with 240bhp and 500Nm of torque won't be sold in Singapore.