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Volkswagen Tiguan price-leader to return later in 2019

Volkswagen will reintroduce new variants of the Tiguan range in 2019.

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed a price-leading 110TSI variant of the five-seat Tiguan and seven-seat Tiguan Allspace will rejoin local showrooms in the third quarter of 2019. 

Culled in 2018 thanks to Europe’s then-new WLTP emissions testing protocol, the 110TSI variants of the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace served as price-leaders in both ranges. The Allspace 110TSI was cut in October 2018.

Volkswagen Australia spokesperson Paul Pottinger confirmed the launch of new Tiguan variants to CarsGuide.

“Both Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace 110TSI are back in the shops in the third quarter of 2019,” Mr. Pottinger said, adding the company also isn’t sure when the former diesel 140TDI variants - also culled due to WLTP - would return.

“There’s no word yet on the 140TDI’s return to Australian shores as WLTP delays render the return date uncertain.”

The latest generation digital dials now features on the Tiguan 132TSI R-Line. The latest generation digital dials now features on the Tiguan 132TSI R-Line.

At launch in 2016, the 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo-petrol 110TSI drivetrain was available in both Trendline and Comfortline variants, though the Tiguan Allspace wasn’t launched with a Trendline variant when it reached Australia in 2018. 

The Trendline variant was cut from the five-seater at the same time in a range shuffling, which added more equipment to both remaining model grades. 

Thanks to rules surrounding the WLTP emissions changes, Volkswagen was able to offer the 110TSI engine in the Tiguan Allspace for close to a year longer than the five-seat model because the Allspace is Mexican-built. 

This meant the seven-seat Allspace opened at a lower price than the regular model.

The Volkswagen Tiguan entry price is set to drop by thousands. The Volkswagen Tiguan entry price is set to drop by thousands.

At $40,490, the Tiguan Allspace 110TSI Comfortline was priced $5000 below the 132TSI Comfortline due to its lack of all-wheel drive, providing a guideline for the 110TSI’s price (in both bodystyles) when it relaunches later this year.

Currently priced from $43,150 plus on-road costs, the 2019 Tiguan range opens a significant $11,160 higher than the 2016 model. 

We predict a circa-$38,000 opening price for the five-seat 110TSI Comfortline, which will align it with rivals such as the $35,590 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport FWD, the $37,850 Hyundai Tucson Elite 2.0 and $33,290 Honda CR-V VTi-S 2WD

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