Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has launched the new Tiguan 5-seater SUV. The Tiguan is Volkswagen’s most successful SUV, with over 2.8 million units sold globally. The new Tiguan is an evolution of the previous generation with improvements. Incidentally, the new Tiguan is a shortlisted finalist for the World Car of the Year and has also won the German Design Awards 2017, and the Innovation Award under the prestigious Plus X Award.
Locally assembled in Pekan, the new VW Tiguan comes in 2 variants i.e. Comfortline and Highline, and priced at RM 148,990 and RM 168,990 respectively (on the road without insurance and registration), and includes a 5-year factory warranty and 5 years free roadside assistance. Service interval is 15,000 km.
To celebrate the launch, VPCM is offering a RM 7,000 Early Bird savings (booking before 30 April 2017) as well as the App Connect function as an upgrade option for the Tiguan Highline at an introductory price of RM 699 for a limited time (regular retail price is RM 1,099). App Connect consists of three technologies that allows you to bring smart phones apps onto your infotainment system and is supported by Android Auto, Apple Carplay and Mirrorlink. App Connect isn’t available for the Comfortline due to the different infotainment system used.
Both variants use the 1.4-liter turbocharged direct injection TSI engine with a 6-speed wet clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG) to give an output of 150 PS and torque of 250Nm between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. 0 – 100 km/h acceleration is recorded at 8.9 seconds, and fuel consumption is 6.7 liters per 100 km (the Tiguan also has EEV certification).
The new Tiguan is longer, wider and lower, and sits on a longer wheelbase than its predecessor, but is 50 kg lighter. It boasts boot space of 615 liters which conveniently expands to 1,655 liters by folding the reclinable 40:20:40 rear seats.
On the outside, the Highline is differentiated from the Comfortline by the 18″ “Kingston” alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, daytime running lights and LED tail lights, and silver roof rails; not immediately noticeable is the electric tailgate. The Comfortline gets 17″ “Montana” alloys and halogen headlights but also gets the LED tail lights, and black roof rails.
The difference is more apparent inside as the Highline has the KESSY keyless entry and start, “Vienna” leather upholstery, 12-way powered driver’s seat, “Air Care Climatronic” 3-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, cruise control, 12.3″ digital instrument display, 8″ Discover Media system with touchscreen and navigation, and Park Assist 3.0 which performs automatic perpendicular and parallel parking and un-parking (you still have to work the throttle and brakes).
The Comfortline however, has auto headlights and rain sensor, Park Distance Control, “Rhombus” fabric upholstery, “Climatic” air-con system, conventional meter display and 8″ Composition Media with touchscreen.
Both get leather multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters, electronic parking brake with auto hold, Driver Alert System, 4-position rear seat-back tray table with cup holder and personalized driver settings.
Safety-wise, both Tiguan variants have 6 airbags, anti-pinch power windows, ISOFIX points, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BA), Multi-collision brakes, Automatic Post Collision Brake System (applies brakes to mitigate or prevent a subsequent impact when the Tiguan has been involved in a collision), Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), and Active Bonnet which pops up 50 mm within 22 milliseconds to reduce pedestrian collision injury, as well as hill-hold control.
The Tiguan is available in 5 colors – Pure White, Deep Black, Atlantic Blue, Tungsten Silver and Indium Grey.
Stay tuned for our test drive review of the VW Tiguan.