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Two new engines for Tiguan

2011-05-10 08:38

CLEVER BUY: The Trend&Fun trim level does not come with all the styling add-ons or large alloy wheels, but it does add some sensibility to the issue of SUV ownership.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer VW
Model Tiguan BlueMotion
Engine 1.4 TSI, 2.0 TDI
Power 90kW, 81kW, 110kW
Torque 200Nm, 250Nm, 240Nm
Fuel Consumption 6.5-, 6.7-, 5.3l/100km
VW’s BlueMotion drivetrain technology, first seen locally on the new Touareg during late 2010, has now been rolled out to the brand’s smallest SUV.

Featuring stop-start ignition/compression intervention and regenerative braking, BlueMotion drivetrains have become available courtesy of new engine derivatives marketed as part of the Tiguan’s expanded presence in South Africa.


Interestingly, the three new Tiguans available with BlueMotion are all configured in entry-level Trend&Fun trim and only power the front wheels.

VW sees BlueMotion as beneficial primarily to Tiguan owners who operate their vehicles in a heavily trafficked urban environment (where stop-start and regenerative braking tally real reductions in overall fuel consumption).

Tiguans used primarily by buyers with decidedly urban commuting patterns are invariably two-wheel drive derivatives; therefore the decision not to transfer BlueMotion technology onto any of the all-wheel drive Tiguans is entirely understandable - for now.

Statistically the numbers reveal small improvements in average consumption.

The 1.4 TSI (in 90kW trim, a new edition to the range) consumes 6.5l/100km with BlueMotion active.

VW’s popular 110kW 1.4 TSI engine option tallies an improvement of 0.7l/100km running its BlueMotion suite of efficient technologies, consuming only 6.7l/100km on the combined cycle.

For diesel buyers, the 110kW 2.0TDI is left unchanged, with BlueMotion technology paired instead with VW’s 81kW version of the 2-litre turbodiesel engine. Unsurprisingly the new 2.0 TDI is now the most frugal Tiguan available, consuming only 5.3l/100km.

If you are an urban SUV user who finds the VW badge and image appeal alluring (or simply like the idea of a cheaper buy-in point to the Tiguan range), these latest BlueMotion vehicles are well worth consideration.


1.4 TSI 90kW 4x2 Trend & Fun with BlueMotion Technology      R273 400
1.4 TSI 110kW 4x2 Trend & Fun with BlueMotion Technology    R296 500
2.0 TDI 81kW 4x2 Trend & Fun with BlueMotion Technology      R292 400


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