The return of base Tiguan 110TSI Trendline variant brings entry price down to $34,150 before on-roads, the first time in 12 months VW has had an SUV under $40k.
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Volkswagen Australia has re-introduced entry grade 110TSI versions of its Tiguan mid-sized SUV, effectively lopping $9000 from the price of entry to the range.

For the previous nine months the Tiguan range has kicked off with more powerful and highly specified 132TSI all-wheel drive grades priced from $43,150 before on-road costs.

The returned 110TSI front-wheel drive range kicks off with DSG auto in Trendline form at $34,150 before on-road costs, lining up nicely with a Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport.

There are also two new Tiguan 110TSI Comfortline variants with the same driveline as the Trendline but more equipment. The regular version costs $38,650 before on-roads, while the stretched, seven-seat Allspace costs $1500 more at $40,150.

In place of the 132TSI's AWD setup and 2.0-litre petrol engine with 132kW of power and 320Nm of torque, the 110TSI range gets front-wheel drive and the base Golf's 1.4-litre turbo-petrol with 110kW and 250Nm, matched with a six-speed DSG.

“For the first time in more than a year Volkswagen will have in market SUVs priced at under $40,000,” Volkswagen Australia said.

Of course the big question is, why did the 110TSI models go missing to begin with? Well, production and subsequent supply chain constraints linked to the introduction of industry-wide European WLTP emissions-testing regulations.

Every brand had to ascertain figures against this new testing protocol, and all models were individually assessed, forcing some technical changes and altered production schedules with all the trickle-on effects you'd imagine.

Moving on from the 110TSI models, VW has also lobbed a hotter-looking R-Line derivative of its staple 132TSI model priced at $46,990 before on-road costs, limited to a production run of 1000 units.

That means for $3840 over the regular model it gets two-tone cloth upholstery, 19-inch alloys, second-generation Active Info Display digital instruments and tinted windows.

Also standard is the usually optional Driver Assistance Package, with adaptive cruise control, side assist, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic jam assist and emergency assist.

"The single best selling variant of the Tiguan, either in five seat or seven seat Allspace guise, remains the top-specification 162TSI, and some 80% of 162TSI customers choose the optional R-Line package. Customers told us that they wanted this option for the 132TSI. Here it is," VW added.

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan: new models

110TSI Trendline - $34,150
  • 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine
  • 6-speed DSG transmission with front wheel drive
  • Front Assist with City EB and Pedestrian Monitoring
  • Lane Assist with Adaptive Lane Guidance
  • Park Assist
  • Rear View Camera
  • Driver Fatigue Detection system
  • Front and rear parking sensors with Manoeuvre Braking
  • Halogen Headlights
  • Automatic lights and rain sensing wipers
  • 17” Montana alloy wheels
  • 8” Composition Media infotainment system
  • App-Connect (Apple CarPlay & Android Auto) and 3x USB ports
  • Black roof rails
  • $2000 sunroof option
110TSI Comfortline - $38,650
Allspace 110TSI Comfortline - $40,150
  • Electronically-operated tailgate with Easy Open & Close
  • Dynamic LED Headlights
  • 18” Kingston alloy wheels
  • 8” Discover Media navigation system with Media Control
  • Keyless Access and start
  • Electrically foldable exterior mirrors
  • Air Care 3-zone climate control air conditioning
  • Overhead storage
  • Carpet mats front and rear
  • Chrome roof rails and additional chrome elements
132TSI R-Line Edition - $46,990
  • 4MOTION all-wheel-drive
  • 7-speed DSG transmission
  • 132kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • Dynamic LED Headlights
  • Keyless Access and start
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors
  • Front Assist with City EB, Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist, Park Assist, Multi-collision brake and
  • Rear View Camera
  • Front & rear sensors with Manoeuvre Braking
  • 8” Discover Media navigation system
  • App-Connect, Media Control and 3x USB ports
  • Auto headlights and Rain sensing wipers
  • Air Care 3-zone climate control air conditioning
  • Driving profile selection with 4MOTION Active Control
  • Front fog lights
  • Easy open and close electric tailgate
  • R-Line interior package with two-tone ‘Race’ cloth with ‘San Remo’ microfiber and R-Line logo
  • 19” Sebring alloys
  • Active info display (Generation 2)
  • Tinted windows
  • Driver Assistance Package (Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Assist, Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist
  • & Emergency Assist)

Options

Metallic or pearl paint - $800
Driver Assistance Package (Trendline) - $1700
  • Side Assist
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Light Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Emergency Assist
  • Electric Folding Mirrors
Driver Assistance Package (Comfortline) - $1600
  • Side Assist
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Dynamic Light Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Emergency Assist
Sound and Vision Package (Comfortline) - $3200
  • Active info display
  • Dynaudio Excite premium sound system
  • 360-degree camera
  • Ambient interior lighting
Luxury Package (Comfortline) - $4000
  • Vienna leather appointed-upholstery
  • Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function
  • Heated front seats
  • Sliding and titling panoramic glass sunroof