Tiguan SUV refreshed for 2015 with a standard reversing camera, a more powerful turbodiesel and sporty R-Line options.
Volkswagen has made some welcome tweaks to its Tiguan SUV for 2015, aimed at helping the now seven-year old basic design compete with more recent rivals in the highly competitive small SUV segment.
The biggest changes include a standard reversing camera across the board, driver fatigue monitoring as standard, an improved turbodiesel engine, and the addition of the sporty R-Line trim level.
All Tiguan models now benefit from VW's XDL electronic diff lock, which expands on the existing electronic limited slip diff (EDL) element of the stability control to further improve traction and stability through corners.
Pricing has risen over equivalent 2014 models, however. The price-leading 118TSI variants now cost cost $500 more, while the 132TSI is up $1000, and the uprated 130TDI diesel costs $1500 more than the previous 103TDI.
While the size of the Tiguan's 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel remains the same, the new 130TDI adds 27kW and 40Nm over the old 103TDI turbodiesel for new totals of 130kW and 380Nm. Despite these output gains, combined fuel consumption remains at 6.2L/100km.
The 130TDI turbodiesel engine is paired to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission that drives all four wheels through VW's Haldex 4Motion system.
Petrol options remain unchanged from the previous models with 118kW/240Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder 118TSI, 132kW/280Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder 132TSI and 155kW/280Nm turbocharged four-cylinder 155TSI options available.
The 118TSI can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission with two-wheel drive. The 132TSI and 155TSI come with a seven-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
Along with the other changes for the 2015 Tiguan models, Volkswagen has also elevated the 155TSI into their sporty R-Line trim level to sit alongside the existing Golf, Beetle and Touareg R-Line variants.
The Tiguan 155TSI R-Line gets similar R-Line styling to the existing models - rear roof spoiler, unique front and rear bumpers, and R-Line badging. It also receives leather upholstery, paddle shifters, adaptive suspension, 18-inch alloys and satnav.
A $2500 R-Line package is also optional for the 132TSI and 130TDI which comes with all of the 155TSI R-Line's extra goodies aside from the leather trim and adaptive suspension.