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.