The new Volkswagen Tiguan is now available to order for all UK customers with its market launch scheduled for April 5.
VW’s first SUV to sit on the MQB platform represents the first of the many crossovers the brand is planning for the near future.
The new model is physically larger than its predecessor in every way bar the height, with the wheelbase extended by 77mm for a total of 2,681mm. The interior now offers more room for the heads and the knees of the occupants with the cargo capacity offering 145 litres more space with the rear seats folded.
UK customers will be able to choose eventually from three petrol units, ranging from 125PS to 180PS and four diesel engines ranging from 115PS to 240PS. The Tiguan’s initial launch phase though will make only the 150PS 2.0-litre TDI manual and the 180PS 2.0-litre TSI 4Motion DSG versions available, with the TDI also offered with AWD and DSG as an option.
Petrol-powered models are able of a 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 129mph, with TDI’s figures to be 9.3 seconds and 124mph respectively. Fuel economy is rated at 58.9mpg UK for the FWD 2.0-litre TDI version and 38.2mpg UK for the AWD 2.0-Litre TSI version equipped with the seven-speed DSG.
Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, active bonnet (the first on a VW model), automatic post-collision braking and Lane Assist are fitted as standard in every new Tiguan model in Europe.
Prices will start at around £22,500 when all versions become available. Until then, the entry-level S trim of the 2.0-litre TDI FWD manual Tiguan is priced at £25,530.