However, as in the rest of Europe, there will only be two engines in Europe. The diesel unit is a 2.0 TDI making 150 PS. It can be ordered with a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) or six-speed manual transmission; or with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. Getting from 0 to 62 mph in 9.3 seconds isn't too bad, but faster versions are around the corner.
The 2016 Tiguan may also be ordered right now with a gasoline powertrain, consisting of a 2.0 TSI rated at 180 PS and coupled as standard with DSG and 4Motion. It's noticeably faster, reaching 62 in 7.7 seconds. But honestly, we don't know why they bothered since even VW UK admits 95% of the sales will be diesel engines.
The UK range will be badged using Volkswagen’s familiar S, SE, SE Navigation and SEL trim levels. However, the sexiest is the Tiguan R-Line, which sits a little lower and has sportier bumpers. It can be yours from £34,430.
As you may have already heard, the 2016 model rides on the same MQB platform as the Golf and Passat, making it 110 lbs (50 kg) lighter on average. The overall length of the car has grown by 2.4 inches (6.1 cm) while the wheelbase has been expanded by 3 inches (7.6 cm). It's also slightly lower and wider than before, creating a more balanced appearance.
“This exceptional new car showcases the very best of what Volkswagen can deliver. Ingenious engineering, exceptional practicality, and fine styling sit alongside class-leading safety in a package that brings a premium look and feel to the compact SUV class,” said Rod McLeod, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen UK.