Since the Tiguan's launch back in 2008, over 41 000…

Since the Tiguan’s launch back in 2008, over 41 000 have been sold in South Africa. Now in its third generation, the Tiguan still remains one of the most popular SUVs on our roads and was best-selling medium SUV in South Africa last year, with 4 280 sold and a 16.2% share of the A SUV segment.

The Tiguan is currently manufactured at four Volkswagen plants spread across four time zones; China, Germany, Mexico and Russia. The Tiguan for the local market, which will be manufactured in Germany, will go on sale from the third quarter of this year.  

What’s new?

The Tiguan will come with a host of new interior features including a new steering wheel with touch controls; digitalised air conditioning functions; and, for the first time in the Tiguan and VW range, an optional premium Harmon Kardon sound system, with a 16-channel amplifier, eight speakers and a subwoofer.

On the outside, the first thing you’ll notice is the striking new front end design, with a wider new grille and new IQ.LIGHT technology – LED matrix headlights that feature 22 individual LEDs per headlight offering enhanced convenience for night-time driving.

At the rear, the Tiguan has followed the rest of the new VW models and moved the model’s lettering central below the VW badge. There are also no less than 5 new colours for you to choose from; Ginger Brown, Kings Red, Lapiz Blue, Night Shade Blue and Dolphin Grey

New specification lines for the Tiguan model range.

The model range will come in three specification lines; the base derivative called the Tiguan, then the Tiguan Life, and finally the range-topping Tiguan R-Line.

The base derivative Tiguan comes standard with features like 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather multi-function steering wheel, cruise control and the new infotainment system’s composition radio (with eight speakers).

The mid-range “Life” spec will include nearly everything from the base Tiguan, but throws in larger 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with cornering lights, Climatronic air conditioning, front and rear Park Distance Control, as well as an electric opening and closing boot. Buyers can also choose from optional 18-inch and 19-inch wheel designs.

Topping off the range is the sporty and desirable Tiguan R-Line. This spec includes the R-Line exterior package, 19-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting with 30 interior lighting options, Vienna leather seats with the R-line Logo in the two front seats, Active Info Display, Composition Media Radio with App Connect, multi-functional steering wheel with touch and swiping actions and the R-line logo as well as keyless entry. Buyers can also choose to increase the size of their wheels to an optional 20-inch alloy wheel in chrome and black.

Optional extras across the range include a panoramic sunroof, trailer hitch, Black Style Package, Discover Pro entertainment system with wireless App Connect, Heads-up display, Harmon Kardon sound system, IQ Lights: Matrix LED, Area view camera system with Park Assist, IQ Drive Package (Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Park Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking) and the Trailer Manoeuvring System which includes Park Assist.


The new Tiguan model range will come with a choice of three engines which are carried over from the previous model; two petrol and one diesel with power outputs ranging from 110kW to 162kW.

1.4 TSI with 110kW. The entry engine in the Tiguan model range is a 6-speed DSG with 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque. Top speed here is 200km/h, and it will accelerate from 0–100km/h in 9.2 seconds.

2.0 TDI with 130kW. This is the only diesel engine on offer in the range, with 130kW and 380Nm of torque. The 7-speed DSG has a top speed of 207km/h and completes the 0–100km/h sprint in 8.3 seconds.

2.0 TSI with 162kW. The most powerful engine in the range is this 2.0 TSI, it pushes out 162kW and 350Nm of torque. Mated to a 7-speed DSG, it takes just 6.5 seconds for it to complete 0–100km/h and will max out at a top speed of 225km/h.

When will it get here, and how much will it cost?

The new Tiguan will go on sale from the third quarter of this year and pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.