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by Brett Davis

Volkswagen Australia has released the Tiguan 132TSI Pacific special edition with added extras inside and out.

The Pacific special edition is based on the 132TSI – the mid-spec model in the line-up.

Added extras over the standard 132TSI model include automatic headlights, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, and Volkswagen’s Park Assist 2 system.

The Park Assist 2 system is capable of parking the vehicle for the driver, taking over control of the steering. The driver simply needs to accelerate and brake. Park Assist 2 works with both parallel and perpendicular parking.

From the outside, the Pacific is distinguished by subtle ‘Pacific’ badges.

The Tiguan 132TSI Pacific is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 132kW and 280Nm. Power is fed through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, and into Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

The Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI Pacific is priced identically to the 132TSI model, at $33,990 before on-road costs for the manual and $36,490 for the DSG.

  • Kd

    The 132TSI Pacific is fitted with the old 6 speed auto, not the 7 speed DSG.Due to shortages of DSG VW didn’t want to lose sales so bought back the 6 speed auto and compensated by adding in the extra features free of charge.

    • Buzzer

      Actually it’s a 7speed not 6.
      6speed was on the first gen tiguan then midlife update to 7speed
      New facelift continues with the 7speed auto but it’s a wet clutch not dry like the golf.
      Wet clutch can handle more torque but it’s also heavier.

      • Staggers

        I believe this model has reverted back to the Aisin 6 speed auto from the earlier Tiguans.

        • Guest

          I’d rather have a reliable Aisin gearbox than a super duper new tech DSG gearbox that could be bragged to the mates for about 2min. But which shifts roughly and unreliable.

      • Kd

        Re-read what I wrote as it’s fairly obvious you didn’t the first time!

        • Bruzzer

          its an obvious mistake i did , i apologise for that. No need to get smart.
          the reply from Staggers was far more mature and yours.
          as for my original reply, i admit i was wrong.

    • Henry F

      So is the author of this article incorrect when he states that it’s fitted with the 7 speed DSG? If so, Brett needs to have this corrected as that’s how I read it.

      • Golfschwein

        The carsales website also describes it as a DSG. With no correction on offer from the writer of the article, I’ll stick with DSG until I read otherwise.

        • tonyB

          Someone needs to check some facts here. The carsales site says it is the 6-speed auto not the DSG as does TMR. If this is the case then this article is a fairly shoddy piece of reporting. What is happening at Caradvice? This used to be one of the more credible Australian car sites.

          • Golfschwein

            Carsales has changed its tune since this morning. As you say, it’s a conventional auto.

  • Kkupadman

    I think the 6 speed auto will prove to be more reliable. This looks like a very decent proposition indeed.

  • Mad Max

    Well if its the old Aisin 6 speed auto, not a DSG, it will be a LOT cheaper to service. I have a current gen VW Passat diesel and its a supurb car. But I just don,t like the DSG service costs of around $700 at 60´000 and 120´000kms.

    • Kd

      The 6 speed DSG is expensive to service because it require the DSG oil to be replaced every 60,000km. The new 7 Speed unit is a dry clutch set up which is cheaper to maintain because it doesn’t require any oil changes.

  • Guest

    Those marketing Special Editions, Anniversary Models, limited runs, don’t have discounts as compared to the usual models. So we are back to square one. Might as well get one of the usual higher spec models then work on a discount.

    • Richard

      That would mean moving up to the 155TSI model.
      Extras on this model “Added extras over the standard 132TSI model include automatic headlights, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, and Volkswagen’s Park Assist 2 system.”

  • Judith

    Can someone please tell me the differences between the 7 speed DSG PACIFIC WAGON 2014 gearbox vs the speed DSG WAGON 2014 gearbox. I have two different dealerships telling me different things and I am totally confused. Is the PACIFIC WAGON in relation to gearbox or performance any problem compared to the models labelled just WAGON?