Subtle upgrades to keep VW Tiguan at number one
IT'S facelift time for the Volkswagen Tiguan, Europe's best-selling SUV, writes William Scholes.
As is the VW way, it's subtle stuff - new lights and bumpers are about the height of it on the outside of the car - but here are some other, less obvious highlights...
- There's a company car-user-pleasing plug-in petrol-electric hybrid version this time. Called eHybrid, it's got 242bhp so should be brisk. It can do around 30 miles on electric power. There's regular petrol and diesel engines too, of course.
- VW has added a full-fat R performance version to the Tiguan line-up. It gets 315bhp and four-wheel-drive with trick selective wheel torque control. Powerful 18-inch brakes sit behind 21-inch alloy wheels. The R also gets adaptive dampers and four exhaust tailpipes.
- Driver assistance tech has been upgraded to allow the car to help out with steering, braking and acceleration at speeds of up to 130mph...
- So-called twin-dosing gadgetry for the diesel engine's catalytic converter system reduces nitrogen oxide emissions.
- Your Tiguan has a towing capacity of up to 2.5 tonnes - that's a lot of pulling power for a family SUV.
- The climate control does without buttons - now, it's touch-sliders and touch-buttons on digital panels.
- Trim levels now ascend from Tiguan to Life, Elegance and R-Line, with the R at the top of the tree.
- There are many infotainment updates, and VW says the Tiguan offers "the best possible online connectivity".