Ever since it arrived on our shores, the Volkswagen Tiguan has proven popular with Australian buyers wanting a mid-size SUV that bridges the gap between mainstream models, and the more expensive luxury brands.
The name Tiguan is a portmanteau of the German names for Tiger and Iguana. First launched in 2007, the Tiguan is now in its second generation, with more than six million examples having been sold worldwide.
Both five-seat and seven-seat versions of the Tiguan are sold in Australia, with the latter wearing a Tiguan Allspace badge. The cheapest variant is roughly $35,000, while a flagship model will cost more than $50,000.
Bridging the gap between mainstream and luxury, the Tiguan competes against the more expensive variants of models like the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4, as well as cheap luxury models like the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60.
There are some key things to look for when it comes to the Volkswagen Tiguan. The dual-clutch gearbox in the 2011 model has a proven history of issues, while there was a recall in 2012 for an injection pipe on diesel engines that could crack and possibly cause a fuel leak and engine fire.
Where is the Volkswagen Tiguan manufactured?
The Volkswagen Tiguan is built at multiple factories around the world, these include Wolfsburg, Germany; Puebla, Mexico; Anting, China; Kaluga, Russia; Relizane, Algeria; Aurangabad, India; Pekan, Malaysia; and Purwakarta, Indonesia.
The regular Tiguans sold in Australia are built in Germany, while the larger Allspace version comes from Mexico.
What is the towing capacity of a Volkswagen Tiguan?
The towing capacity of the Volkswagen Tiguan depends on the variant – in particular the engine.
Tiguan 110TSI models have a maximum braked towing capacity of 1800kg, while 132TSI, 162TSI, and Allspace 140TDI variants have a 2500kg maximum braked towing capacity.
The Allspace 132TSI and 162TSI variants have a 2400kg maximum braked towing capacity.
How much to lease a Volkswagen Tiguan?
Volkswagen Australia has a dedicated Financial Services department that offers a range of lease and finance options, and can even help organise a novated lease for a new Tiguan model.