Si­bonelo Myeni goes bun­dubash­ing in new VW Ti­quan.

An ac­tive bon­net that pops out at the rear pro­tects pedes­tri­ans in a col­li­sion


VW South Africa has launched the new Tiguan and its tar­get­ing SUV seg­ment lead­er­ship with ar­rest­ing looks, tech­nol­ogy and most im­por­tantly, practicality.

The new Tiguan gets stylish looks with clas­sic VW de­sign DNA so well loved in Mzansi (Golf GTI like).

Tiguan own­ers will def­i­nitely stand out at the car park, es­pe­cially with the R18, 000 R-Line de­sign pack­age, avail­able in all mod­els. LED day­time lights come stan­dard in the Trend­line with LED head­lights stan­dard in the Com­fort­line.

Trend­line also gets 17-inch wheels, cruise con­trol, roof rails, USB/Ra­dio/Blue­tooth while the Com­fort­line adds Park­ing Dis­tance (Front and rear), Cli­ma­tronic air­con and fold­ing mir­rors.

The elec­tric tail­gate al­lows own­ers to close the tail­gate with­out touch­ing the but­ton if they have the key with them and walks away from the ve­hi­cle (help­ful if car­ry­ing things and can’t reach for the key).

The in­te­rior is well laid out with ev­ery­thing within reach with good qual­ity ma­te­ri­als.

Oc­cu­pants are greeted by more space com­pared to the pre­vi­ous ver­sion with par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on lug­gage (520 litres).

The Tiguan gets a full dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter with a Headsup Dis­play and the ex­cel­lent 10speaker/sub­woofer DynAu­dio sys­tem of­fered as an op­tion.

The Tiguan comes in three equip­ment lev­els Trend­line, Com­fort­line and High­line.

At launch, the new Tiguan will be of­fered in two 1.4 TSI en­gines — 92 kW/200 Nm and 110 kW/ 250 Nm.

The 2.0 TDI en­gines with 81 kW, 105 kW and 130 kW as well as the ranger top­ping 2.0 TSI with 162kW will be in­tro­duced in the last quar­ter of 2016.

The high-pow­ered en­gines will be of­fered with 4MOTION drive sys­tem as stan­dard.

The 92kW en­gine comes with a six-speed man­ual while the DSG trans­mis­sion comes stan­dard in the 110kW en­gine.

The lighter new Tiguan (MQB plat­form) aids agility.

Ef­fi­ciency is aided by Cylin­der de-ac­ti­va­tion (from a four cylin­der to two cylin­ders un­der light en­gine load) and Stop/Start tech­nol­ogy (both en­gines claim 6.1l/100km).

Safety has been en­hanced with a mul­ti­tude of airbags, ABS, ESP, an ac­tive bon­net for pedes­trian safety be­ing amongst the fea­tures fit­ted as stan­dard on all mod­els. Adap­tive Cruise con­trol is also of­fered as an op­tion.

The ac­tive bon­net — a first for any Volkswagen — re­duces the risk of in­jury to pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists. When con­tact is made with the bumper, a sen­sor strip trig­gers a py­rotech­nic ac­tu­a­tor that lifts the rear edge of the bon­net by around 50 mm within 22 mil­lisec­onds. This in­creases the dis­tance be­tween the hard en­gine com­po­nents and the rel­a­tively flex­i­ble bon­net.In turn, it re­duces the risk of se­ri­ous head in­juries, said Volkswagen.

Pric­ing and the com­pe­ti­tion

The Ti­quan com­petes in the fiercely con­tested medium sport util­ity ve­hi­cle arena and thanks to plat­form shar­ing, VW could just about keep the prices as low as it can go against the Euro — for now.

The new Tiguan is the first Volkswagen SUV to use to the now fa­mil­iar MQB, or Mo­du­larer Quer­baukas­ten (Mo­du­lar Trans­verse Ma­trix) plat­form. This means it ben­e­fits from VW’s lat­est tech­nol­ogy and shares much of its un­der­pin­nings with other mod­els, such as the Golf and Pas­sat. A raft of equip­ment backs its pre­mium price against a wide range of ca­pa­ble SUVs, from the likes of Mahin­dra’s XUV500 2,2Tdi (sell­ing from R278k); and Re­nault’s well-priced Duster 1,5dCi 4WD (for R297k); to Mazda’s CX-5 2,0 (from R350k) Mitsubishi’s ASX 2,0 (from R330k); Toyta’s RAV4 2,0 (from R355k); Ford’s Kuga 1,5T (from R367k); Hyundai’s Tus­con 2,0 and the Kia Sportage 2.0 (both from R370k); and Honda’s CR-V 2.0 (from R388k).

A five-year or 90 000 km ser­vice plan and three-year or 120 000 km war­ranty are stan­dard. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 15 000 km.


1.4 TSI 92kW Trend­line Man­ual R378 000 1.4 TSI 92kW Com­fort­line Man­ual - R419 000 1.4 TSI 110kW Com­fort­line DSG R457 680.



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