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Volkswagen introduces a sharply-priced entry-level 118TSI Tiguan variant

11 Oct 2011

VOLKSWAGEN has enjoyed tremendous local market success with its Tiguan in the booming compact SUV segment as it has quickly become the brand’s second-largest-seller here, so the introduction of an even cheaper entry-level model is big news for the brand. And our first drive of the new sub-30K Tiguan shows it to be a worthwhile addition to the range, with excellent performance from the car’s brilliant twin-charged engine and enough grunt to make using the standard six-speed manual gearbox anything but a chore. And a visit to the petrol station will delight with an economy rating of just 6.9L/100km on the combined cycle, though that’s on more expensive 95-octane fuel.
Model release date: 1 October 2011 to 1 September 2014

Previous model


Released: May 2008
Ended: October 2011
Family Tree: Tiguan

The Tiguan was Volkswagen’s first compact SUV and offered buyers in that segment European style, dynamics and safety at a price comparable to its Asian competition.

In Australia, it was offered in a three-model range, all with 4Motion all-wheel drive. The entry model was the 125TSI turbo-petrol, while a 147TSI variant topped the range. The turbo-diesel 103TDI developed 103kW at 4200rpm and 320Nm at 1750-2500rpm.

Standard on 125TSI and 103TDI was a six-speed manual while a six-speed auto was optional on all but the 147TSI, which came standard with the auto.

In a strange move in this segment, VW offered an off-road pack that gave hill descent control and recalibrated chassis electronics for off-road driving but this was unpopular.

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