Volkswagen has launched a new plug-in hybrid version of its popular Tiguan SUV.

The Tiguan eHybrid marks the first time the model has been electrified, and joins the Golf, Passat and Touareg in the brand’s plug-in hybrid range.

It features a similar setup to the sporty Volkswagen Golf GTE, and combines a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 242bhp. This unlocks a 0-60mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 127mph.

However many will be more interested in its low running costs, with a 10.4kWh battery allowing for a claimed 30-mile electric range. Volkswagen also says it can achieve up to 176.6mpg, along with low CO2 emissions of 38g/km that sit it in an 11 per cent benefit-in-kind tax bracket, which makes it an ideal option for company car drivers.

Its battery can also be charged in three hours and 40 minutes using a 3.6kW wallbox, or five hours with a standard domestic socket.

Prices for the Tiguan eHybrid start from £35,515, which will buy a model in Life trim. This comes with features like an eight-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Matrix LED headlights and adaptive cruise control.

Next up is the Elegance grade, which adds an electric boot, keyless entry and a digital dashboard display, with prices for this starting from £37,780. At the top of the range, the R-Line brings sportier looks thanks to a more aggressive body kit and 20-inch alloy wheels, with this costing from £38,120.

The Tiguan eHybrid is now available to order, with first deliveries expected shortly.