Volkswagen Australia has narrowed its ‘regular’ five-seat Tiguan range by retaining only the more expensive 132TSI Comfortline and 162TSI Highline all-wheel drive (AWD) variants, while adding a 162TSI Wolfsburg Edition range-topper.
This means the starting price for the Tiguan range is now $42,490 before on-road costs for the 132TSI Comfortline all-wheel drive, climbing to $49,490 for the 162TSI Highline all-wheel drive, and $55,490 for the 162TSI Wolfsburg. We're still waiting on pics of the Wolfsburg from Volkswagen, stay tuned.
Axed variants (for the time being) include the cheaper front-wheel drive (FWD) Tiguan 110TSI Trendline and Comfortline models, previously priced from at $31,990 and $37,490 respectively, both 110TDI and 140TDI diesel options, and the de-specified 162TSI Sportline model.
Volkswagen Australia says the vast majority of second-generation Tiguan buyers since launch have bought the 132TSI Comfortline and 162TSI Highline anyway, with about 50 per cent overall sales volume for the latter version alone, despite short supply causing multi-month waiting lists.
It seems buyers after cheap FWD family SUVs don’t see Volkswagen as their brand of choice, which no doubt helps the company’s bottom line, if not its throughput.
Expect the 110TSI FWD Comfortline to return below $40k at some point, once supply improves. As for why supply is constrained? Blame WLTP regulations for that one. The test means all model variants and trims are individually assessed, and has forced some technical changes, meaning manufacturers are adapting their production schedules accordingly.
The remaining Tiguan versions for now both use VW’s EA888 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in two states of tune - 132kW and 162kW power outputs - matched to a seven-speed DSG transmission and on-demand 4Motion all-wheel drive.
This revised trio will sit alongside five versions of the longer Tiguan Allspace seven-seater model which launches this week, priced between $40,490 and $54,490 depending on grade and driveline. Confused yet? Sorry...
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan pricing
132TSI Comfortline AWD - $42,490
- 132kW/320Nm petrol engine
- LED headlights
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Keyless access and start
- Electric folding exterior mirrors
- Front Assist with city AEB
- Pedestrian monitoring
- Lane assist
- Park Assist
- Multi-collision brake
- 8-inch Discover Media navigation system
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
- Auto headlights
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Three-zone climate control
- Driving profile selection
- Electric tailgate
162TSI Highline AWD - $49,490
- 162kW/350Nm petrol engine
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Adaptive cruise control
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Emergency assist
- Traffic jam assist
- Adaptive chassis control
- Dynamic light assist
- Electric front seats, memory function
- Heated seats
- Vienna leather upholstery
- 9.2-inch Discover Pro satellite navigation system
- Ambient interior lighting
162TSI Wolfsburg Edition AWD - $55,490
- Sound & Vision package
- R-Line package
- Black exterior trims
- 20-inch black alloys
- 90 per cent rear window tint
- Head-up display
- Driver Assistance Package (Comfortline) - $1400
Side assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, emergency assist
- Luxury Package (Comfortline) - $4000
Heated leather seats with electric adjustments and memory, panoramic sunroof
- Sound and Vision Package (Comfortline) - $3200
Active info display digital instruments, premium audio system, 360-degree camera, ambient cabin lighting
- Sound and Vision Package (Highline) - $3000
Active info display digital instruments, premium audio system, 360-degree camera
- R-Line Package (Highline) - $2900
R-Line bumpers and side sills, black spoiler, 20-inch ‘Suzuka’ alloys, black leather seats, stainless steel pedals, steering wheel with paddles, black headliner and aluminium scuff plates