2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV revealed: price, specs and release date

New plug-in hybrid version aims to make the Volkswagen Tiguan more appealing than ever...

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan front

On sale Late 2020 | Price from £26,000 (est)

When ordering wine in a restaurant, you don’t necessarily opt for the cheapest bottle, and nor do you go for the most expensive. The sweet spot is often somewhere in the middle, and that brings us nicely to the Volkswagen Tiguan. While it might not have the premium appeal of rivals such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, it offers many of the same attributes for a lot less money, and thanks to this latest facelift, is more tempting than ever.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan rear

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan engines

The big news is the addition of a new 241bhp plug-in hybrid version of the Tiguan, which combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and can travel for up to 31 miles on battery power alone. The rest of the Tiguan’s engine range has been tweaked, too, to make them cleaner and more frugal.

For buyers who want the sportiest Tiguan possible, a new R variant with 315bhp and four-wheel drive will go on sale soon after the standard car. This version also gets beefier styling than the standard Tiguan, and is lowered by 10mm. Although Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed what engine it uses, it’s likely to be the same turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol as the Cupra Ateca.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan interior

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan interior

Inside the Tiguan, Volkswagen has followed its premium rivals in doing away with most of the buttons, so even the climate control panel is now touch-sensitive. Volkswagen’s latest infotainment is smarter than ever, too, and can do things like recognise natural speech and access Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring wirelessly.

The Tiguan’s range of driver assistance tech has been expanded, and the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance systems can operate together semi-autonomously. These systems are also now bundled together under the name of IQ.Drive. 

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan centre console

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan equipment and price

Volkswagen has also revised the trim level hierarchy of the Tiguan; the entry-level car (named simply Tiguan) is joined by Life, Elegance and R-Line equipment lines. Standard kit across the range includes LED lights, automatic emergency braking and a 6.5in infotainment display. Prices are expected to rise slightly to around £26,000, but the Tiguan remains substantially cheaper than the Q3 and X1.

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