As the new Model Year 14 rolls in, the front-wheel drive Volkswagen Tiguan 118TSI now offers a 6-speed DSG transmission.
Included with the Tiguan 118TSI are BlueMotion Technologies including the Start/Stop System and Brake energy recuperation as standard and this contributes to the fuel consumption being 7.3litres per 100km. The TSI twin-charged petrol engine outputs 118kW of power and 240Nm of torque at a reasonably low rev range, close to what you’d expect from a diesel.
As with most German cars, the safety list is long including the usual suspects like Electronic Stabilisation, Brake Assist and six airbags. There’s also Daytime Driving Lights, Auto Hold, Cruise Control, Bluetooth Connectivity with music streaming and a multi-function leather steering wheel for comfort and convenience.
We haven’t had the chance to drive the Tiguan, but at $30,990 (plus add local taxes and dealer fees), it could be a good option for a young family where safety, practicality and running costs are paramount. However, we can’t award it many points for looks just yet.