By Stewart Smith on 2016-10-08 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
VW Tiguan gets power
VOLKSWAGEN is about to offer its most powerful Tiguan SUV which has more power on tap than the current iconic Golf GTI.
It is fitted with the new 240bhp bi-turbo 2.0-litre diesel, designated BiTDI, which offers an increase of 30bhp over the previous most powerful Tiguan, the 2.0 TSI seen in the previous generation of the car.
The bi-turbo engine is similar to that offered in the current Volkswagen Passat and Passat Alltrack, and has a high-performance cylinder head and two-stage turbo charger.
It comes as standard with Volkswagen's 4MOTION four-wheel drive system which gives it prodigious performance in the mainstream SUV market.
The BiTDI is capable of reaching 142 mph and has a sprint time from rest to 62 mph in just 6.5 seconds.
The SUV also includes a start/stop system and battery regeneration which, together, contribute to a COâ figure of just 167g/km.
As well as the new diesel engine the most powerful of the Tiguan's three petrol engines is also now being released.
The 2.0 TSI 180bhp Tiguan is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission.
It is also offered as standard with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and offers a top speed of 129 mph, 0-62 mph time of 7.7 seconds and a COâ figure of 170g/km.
Both new Tiguan engines are available the range-topping SEL or R-Line trims.
The Tiguan SEL comes with Volkswagen's Discover Navigation infotainment and satellite navigation system, which includes an eight-inch colour touch-screen as standard.
Other standard kit includes adaptive cruise control which uses radar to govern the distance to the car ahead automatically and what VW calls an active info display - a 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT screen located within the binnacle and replacing conventional analogue instruments.
The addition of the two new engine options in Tiguan completes the model's seven-strong power plant range, which now extends from 1.4 TSI 125bhp to 2.0 BiTDI 240bhp.
The new engines in R-Line trim cost from £32,855 for the 2.0 TSI 180 to £38,640 for the 2.0 BiTDI.
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