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by Tim Beissmann

The Volkswagen Tiguan 118TSI is now available with the option of an automatic transmission.

Previously offered exclusively as a six-speed manual for $28,490, Volkswagen Australia has introduced a six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic option for the entry-level front-wheel-drive Tiguan 118TSI, which is priced from $30,990.

The addition of the 118TSI DSG means Volkswagen’s most affordable self-shifting Tiguan is now $5000 cheaper than before, with that role previously filled by the $35,990 Tiguan 132TSI Pacific.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan 118TSI features a turbocharged and supercharged 1.4-litre petrol engine with 118kW of power and 240Nm of torque.

The six-speed DSG variant uses a claimed 7.3 litres per 100km on the combined cycle, making it slightly less efficient than the six-speed manual at 6.9L/100km.

Standard Tiguan 118TSI equipment includes daytime driving lights, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.

Volkswagen has sold 3822 Tiguans across Australia so far this year, down 18 per cent compared with the same period in 2012. The Tiguan accounts for 10 per cent of the small SUV segment, trailing the Hyundai ix35, Nissan Dualis and the Subaru XV.




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