The $48,490 162TSI Highline is the range-topping petrol-powered Tiguan, and is expected to arrive in Australia in early 2017. It sits above the 110TSI Trendline, the 110TSI Comfortline and the 132TSI Comfortline.
It's powered by a 162kW, 350Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine borrowed from the current Golf GTI, paired with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The 162TSI is equipped with VW's 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system as standard.
Expect to find Vienna leather and heated front seats, along with proximity entry and a power-operated boot lid. You'll also get a power-adjustable front seat, chrome-tipped exhaust and dynamic, LED headlights, along with 18-inch alloys (up from 17-inch alloys on the cheaper models). Those niceties join the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-equipped eight-inch multimedia screen, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control, LED tail-lights, three-zone climate control and sat-nav also found on the Comfortline trim level.
The 162TSI Highline benefits from the same impressive suite of standard safety gear as the rest of the range, including seven airbags, AEB, Lane Assist, fatigue detection, a rear-view camera and semi—autonomous parking. It too has been awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating.