BETTER GET IT RIGHT
Europe’s new standard for measuring fuel efficiency is the Worldwide Harmonised Light Duty Vehicles Test Procedure — a gobful that thankfully is abbreviated to WLTP.
The previous test, known as NEDC and still used in Australia, didn’t accurately reflect real world conditions, was rorted by car companies and produced optimistic fuel numbers.
Don’t expect to see WLTP here any time soon. It’s based on European standard petrol with a sulphur content of 10 parts per million (PPM). Our unleaded contains up to 150PPM, and the federal government has shown nil interest in forcing oil companies to clean it up.
Earlier in the year, several European makers, including VW, suspended production of righthand drive models so as to supply WLTP cars to left-hand drive markets.
Among the suspended models was the base five-seater Tiguan, which will return in 2019. For now, the cheapest five-seater is the $42,490 132TSi. The Allspace seven-seater, imported from Mexico, is unaffected by WLTP issues and in entry 110TSi grade (1.4-litre turbo/six-speed twin-clutch auto and front-drive) is $40,990.