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Volkswagen Tiguan 2021: Wolfsburg’s updated medium SUV priced for Australia

John Law

Ahead of the new Tiguan’s Australian launch, Volkswagen has confirmed specifications and pricing for the refreshed medium SUV.

The new 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan will offer broader trim levels and a comprehensive engine line-up when it arrives next month.

This is an essential update in Australia’s most popular market segment which includes the best-selling Toyota Rav4, Skoda Kodiaq and Mazda CX-5.

Volkswagen Tiguan 2021 Front
Volkswagen has update the Tiguan’s design for 2021 and added plenty of tech.

Volkswagen has also focused heavily on integrating tech into the new Tiguan, with the five-seater medium SUV adopting plenty of new technology from the forthcoming Mark 8 Golf small car.

However, this technology has come at a cost with Tiguan price of entry jumping from $34,990 to $39,690 (before on-road costs) for the 2021 update.

For 2021 the trim levels have changed names too, with the entry-level Trendline dropped altogether. The new Life grade effectively replaces the mid-spec Comfortline in the Tiguan range.

Volkswagen Tiguan 2021 Lights
All grades of Tiguan now get LED headlights, with upper trims getting Matrix technology.

The most affordable Tiguan Life will be powered by a 110TSI 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque sent to the front wheels via a six-speed DSG gearbox.

Like the outgoing Comfortline, Volkswagen offers the Life with the option of a two-litre petrol four-cylinder engine with 132kW and 320Nm dubbed the 132TSI. This powertrain utilises a seven-speed DSG and all-wheel drive from $43,690 before on-road costs.

However, the new base model Tiguan offers more style and function than the old Trendline. Inside there is a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, generous eight-inch touchscreen with gesture control and a digital climate control screen with haptic feedback.

Volkswagen Tiguan 2021 AC
The air-conditioning panel now incorporates haptic feedback.

A set of 18-inch alloy wheels, LED head and taillights and classy detailing set off what is a much more handsome SUV than before.

Building on the spec of the Life is the new Elegance trim from $50,790 (excluding on-road costs). An extra $10,000 over the Life sees leather upholstery, heated front seats with power adjustment and memory functions, 9.2-inch infotainment screen, rear privacy glass and adaptive dampers thrown in.

Outside, the Elegance is distinguished by a set of 19-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights and extra chrome exterior trimmings. 

Volkswagen Tiguan 2021 Wheel
Tech inside has been updated with a digital driver’s display and generously 9.2-inch touchscreen on Elegance and R-Line trims.

Pitched as the athletic variant, the Tiguan R-Line adds an attractive set of 20-inch alloy wheels, R-Line steering wheel, sporty steering tune and athletic looking body kit for $53,790. A full-fat Tiguan R is coming for fans of even hotter SUVs, however.

Volkswagen will offer the Tiguan Elegance and R-Line with a choice of two powertrains – though we expect the two-litre 162TSI petrol engine that makes 162kW of power and 350Nm of torque to be more popular in Australia. A two-litre 147TDI engine will be offered in tandem with outputs of 147kW/400Nm for an extra $1,500.

Both diesel and petrol motors will be linked up to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system.

Volkswagen Tiguan 2021 Rear
The R-Line package also gets a distinctive body kit and 20-inch alloy wheels.

In addition to the standard specification, Volkswagen offers several options packages. Buyers of the base model life will be able to jazz up the ambience with a power sunroof, leather upholstery and heated, electrically-adjustable front seats by choosing the $5,000 luxury pack.

The sound and vision package available on Elegance and R-Line trims brings a head-up display and a premium harman/kardon sound system for $2,500, with a panoramic sunroof an extra $2,000. Premium paint is a further $800 option.

Wolfsburg has bolstered safety features for the 2021 Tiguan with AEB with pedestrian detection, reverse AEB, rear cross-traffic alert, driver alert monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

Volkswagen Tiguan 2021 Taillights
LED taillights also feature on the updated Volkswagen Tiguan.

The new Tiguan range will land in Australia next month priced from $39,690 before on-road costs.

Volkswagen Tiguan 2021: pricing in Australia

Prices exclude on-road costs.

  • Tiguan 110TSI Life – $39,690
  • Tiguan 132TSI Life – $43,690 
  • Tiguan 162TSI Elegance – $50,790
  • Tiguan 147TDI Elegance – $52,290
  • Tiguan 162TSI R-Line – $53,790
  • Tiguan 147TDI R-Line – $55,290