With more power on tap than even the current iteration of the iconic Golf GTI, Volkswagen is making its most potent Tiguan yet available for order in the UK this month.
The new 240 PS bi-turbo diesel, designated BiTDI, also offers an increase of fully 30 PS over the previous most powerful Tiguan, the 2.0 TSI seen in the preceding generation of the car.
The bi-turbo 240 PS engine is similar to that offered in the current Volkswagen Passat and Passat Alltrack, and boasts a high-performance cylinder head and two-stage turbo charger. The injection pressure of the common-rail piezo injection system is a mighty 2,500 bar and the engine is capable of generating up to 120 PS per litre.
Mated as standard to Volkswagen’s 4MOTION four-wheel drive system, it endows the new Tiguan with prodigious performance in the mainstream SUV segment. Capable of reaching 142 mph, where the law permits, the 2.0 BiTDI-equipped Tiguan meanwhile sprints from rest to 62 mph in just 6.5 seconds.
Selective Catalytic Reduction helps to reduce emissions by injecting AdBlue™ into the Tiguan’s exhaust system, thus helping to reduce NOx by converting it into harmless water. The Volkswagen SUV also includes a Start/Stop system and battery regeneration which, together, contribute to a CO₂ figure of just 167 g/km*. All the engines in the Tiguan range meet the latest EU6 emissions standard.
As well as the 240 PS bi-turbo engine, the most powerful of the Tiguan’s three petrol engines is also now open for order in the UK. The 2.0 TSI 180 PS is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission. It is also offered as standard with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and offers a top speed of 129 mph, 0-62 mph time of 7.7 seconds and a CO₂ figure of 170 g/km*.
Both new Tiguan engines are exclusively offered with the range-topping SEL or R-Line trims. The Tiguan SEL packs a technological punch with standard features that include Volkswagen’s Discover Navigation infotainment and satellite navigation system, which includes an eight-inch colour touch-screen. Adaptive Cruise Control uses radar to govern the distance to the car ahead automatically. In addition the SEL comes with Active Info Display – a 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT screen located within the binnacle and replacing conventional analogue instruments. It can be configured to show a variety of information about the car, or even relay the satellite navigation route guidance.
In addition to the features available on the SEL, the Tiguan R-Line carries many unique styling features inside and out. A roof spoiler is joined by a rear diffuser and a front air intake to highlight the kerb appeal of the car. The ‘Suzuka’ alloy wheels measure 20-inches and the bumper design is unique to the trim.
On the inside, unique R-Line sill protectors and carpet mats are joined by bespoke ‘Race’ cloth seats feature ‘San Remo’ microfibre, while the front seats also feature the R-Line logo on the headrest. Stainless steel pedals and a black rooflining complete the look.
The addition of these two new engine options in Tiguan completes the model’s seven-strong powerplant range, which now extends from 1.4 TSI 125 PS to 2.0 BiTDI 240 PS.
The Tiguan SEL 2.0 TSI 180 PS six-speed manual 4MOTION is available to order now from Volkswagen Retailers nationwide priced from £30,540 RRP OTR, while the Tiguan SEL 2.0 BiTDI 240 PS seven-speed DSG 4MOTION costs from £36,450 RRP OTR. The new engines in R-Line trim cost from £32,855 RRP OTR for the 2.0 TSI 180 PS unit to £38,640 RRP OTR for the 2.0 BiTDI 240 PS.