This powerful new iteration will make the popular SUV… well, even more popular, even with the Dieselgate stain on the 2.0 TDI powertrain. In all earnest, aside from the fact that Volkswagen will need to pay and should pay for the deceit, regular folks won’t stop buying the model just because it pollutes. They will stop buying it if it’s worse than before – but VW is not going to slip on this one either, for sure. A good example is the recently introduced more powerful 2.0 TDI, now packing 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque from 1,900rpm. To make sure everyone is satisfied, this engine will comply with the upcoming Euro 6W regulations, and this time we’re sure they didn’t have any change of working things around.
If you are looking for a cheap compact SUV, don’t talk to Volkswagen about it. To make the photo gallery below, we optioned the Tiguan Highline with the R-Line exterior pack and some white paint. So the model you or I really want would set you back at least €42,000.
If you are looking for the fastest Tiguan, Volkswagen says this isn’t it. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint is dealt with in 7.9 seconds, but the 2.0 TSI engine with 180 PS takes just 7.7 seconds.
This all has to do with weight. Even though VW tried to make the SUV lighter, adding AWD and an automatic gearbox piles on the kilos: 1,723 kg (3,789 lbs). The number seemed high, making me curious how it compares to the model before. Surprise, surprise, a 2015 Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4Motion with DSG tipped the scales at 1,727 kg (3,807 lbs).