The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Sportline has landed in Australia, with the new entry-level performance model to kick off from $45,990 before on-road costs.

Sitting below the 162TSI Highline and 162TSI R-Line in the Tiguan range, the 162TSI Sportline brings Golf GTI performance at a lower price, while still offering a strong equipment list.

Features include 20-inch 'Kapstadt' alloy wheels finished in Grey Metallic, LED headlights with daytime-running lights, 'ArtVelours' cloth/microfibre interior trim, and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with in-built satellite navigation, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Tiguan Sportline also gets adaptive chassis control, adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

Only two options are available - metallic or pearl paint ($700) and a panoramic electric glass sunroof ($2000).

Powering the Sportline is the familiar 162kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine borrowed from the Mk7 Golf GTI, with drive sent to the company's 4Motion all-wheel drive system via a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The Tiguan 162TSI Sportline is available to order now.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan pricing

110TSI Trendline - $31,990/$34,490 (6MT, 7DSG)

110TSI Comfortline - $36,990 (7DSG)

132TSI Comfortline 4Motion - $41,490 (7DSG)

110TDI Comfortline 4Motion - $42,990 (7DSG)

132TSI Adventure 4Motion - $43,990 (7DSG)

110TDI Adventure 4Motion - $45,490 (7DSG)

162TSI Sportline 4Motion - $45,990 (7DSG)

162TSI Highline 4Motion - $48,490 (7DSG)

140TDI Highline 4Motion - $49,990 (7DSG)

All prices exclude on-road costs