The VW Tiguan may have been introduced to UK showrooms way back in 2008 – a very long time in car terms – but this popular small off-roader is still selling by the bucket load. And with the car receiving a host of updates to engines and the in-car media system, it’s appeal has only increased.

This well-liked high-riding model receives efficient new diesel engines with extra power, along with slick new in-car tech. Power from the 138bhp 2.0-litre jumps to 147bhp, while the existing 174bhp unit is boosted to 181bhp, which should cut acceleration times and make the Tiguan a happier motorway cruiser.

Other benefits from the new motors include slashed CO2 emissions. Figures are yet to be confirmed, but buyers should see around a £50 fall in the cost of annual car tax, with two-wheel drive diesels expected to cost £110 per year to tax and four-wheel drive models around £130. The updated engines also now comply with ‘EU6’ emissions regulations, which mean that they should be kinder to the environment as well as drivers’ pockets.


Diesel engines receive extra power and lower emissions

Meanwhile, ‘Composition Colour’ and ‘Composition Media’ in-car media systems now feature a new touchscreen display, along with eight speakers and a raft of connections for phones and portable music players. Models equipped with sat nav will also now include the company’s ‘Guide & Inform’ internet package as standard.

Another new option, ‘App Connect’, lets Tiguan owners connect their car with Apple and Google smartphone apps. Other new additions include ‘Media Control’, an app linked to the media system which lets passengers control functions including the sat nav and radio from their tablet.

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Chris Lloyd


June 1, 2015

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