The least costly Tiguan, the 118TSI, drives only the front wheels and has a manual gearbox, with the auto gearbox an extra-cost option.
Spend more for the 132TSI and you get four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox standard, and a bigger and more powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine.
The 132TSI also has dual-zone air-conditioning, which allows separate temperatures to be set on each side of the cabin. Headlights come on automatically in low light, and wipers operate automatically when water is on the windscreen. Front seats are trimmed partially in Alcantara (fake suede) and have more side bolstering, which helps hold you in place through corners. Wheels are an inch bigger, at 17 inches, and the tyres are wider and lower in profile, enhancing grip and steering response. A tyre pressure monitor warns you if a tyre is going flat.
The 130TDI is the diesel-engined Tiguan. Again it is a 4WD auto, and for features it matches the 132TSI.
The most expensive Tiguan, the 155TSI, has a more powerful version of the 2.0 litre petrol engine. It too is a 4WD auto. In addition it has Adaptive Chassis Control, which allows you to soften the suspension (for more comfort) or stiffen it (for sharper steering and handling) while driving. Wheels are bigger again at 18 inches, and the tyre profile is lower.
Seats on the 155TSI are trimmed in leather, with heating for the front seats and power adjustment for the driver’s seat. There is an upgraded infotainment system with satellite navigation, and a 30GB hard drive on which you can store music. The 155TSI also gets an R-Line pack (R for racing) that includes a rear wing and side skirts, to make it look sportier. Among myriad smaller touches are metal plates with an R-Line logo on the door sills.
The number in each Tiguan model name reflects the engine’s maximum power output in kilowatts – so that the 155TSI produces 155kW. TSI signifies a petrol engine, and TDI the diesel.