Volkswagen has updated its Tiguan SUV for 2019, adding new trim levels and a high-powered engine to the mix.
Towards the foot of the range, the new Match trim level replaces the old SE and SE Nav variants. Promising value for money, the Match proffers all the equipment found on the SE Nav, plus a few extra goodies.
Satellite navigation, climate control and adaptive cruise control all feature, alongside 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and a reversing camera.
The basic Match also comes with a 1.5-litre, 128bhp petrol engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, with prices starting at £26,750. That’s £200 more than the old SE Nav model, but VW says the extras are worth £1,300.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the R-Line Tech model is replacing the old R-Line version at the top of the Tiguan range.
Like the Match, the R-Line Tech takes the best of the trim level it replaces and adds new gizmos. As a result, the car gets sports seats, sporty bumpers and satellite navigation, but adds £1,485 of extra kit.
A panoramic sunroof, 360-degree manoeuvring camera and electric tailgate are all included in the £33,150 price tag. Again, that’s £200 more than the old R-Line.
There are changes under the bonnet, too, with the arrival of a new 2.0-litre petrol engine nicked from the Golf GTI. Serving up 227bhp, the newcomer is offered solely on high-spec SEL and R-Line Tech models, with prices starting from £35,820.
With that much power going to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox, the new engine takes the Tiguan from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds. Somehow, that’s faster than the standard Golf GTI with the same engine and gearbox.
However, the Tiguan can’t match the GTI’s 154mph top speed, hitting the buffers at 142mph.
Even so, it’s impressive for a family SUV, and it doesn’t even damage the economy too much. Officially, the new engine returns 36.7mpg and 175g/km CO2 emissions.
The new engine and trim levels are now available to order for the five-seat Tiguan and the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace. The first customer deliveries are expected later this month.