VW boosts model


Volkswagen Golf GTI, 2020, side
Volkswagen Arteon, 2020, front

SEVERAL models in the Volkswagen range have been updated for 2020 with additional equipment, new design features and more value.

At the smallest end of the range the up! city car is now offered with the ultra-frugal 1.0 60psMPI engine in combination with the High up! specification.

Its larger sibling, the Polo - the second-best-selling Volkswagen in the UK - receives lumbar adjustment as standard on popular SE and sporty R-Line trims. Polo beats customers can now opt out of exterior decals if they prefer.

The recently introduced T-Cross is unchanged, given its fresh introduction, while the larger T-Roc gets a VW Connect Dongle as standard on S, SE and Design trims. Meanwhile, on the R-Line the standard fit Caribou Grey dash pad is replaced by a Shadow Steel item.

Volkswagen's best-seller, the Golf, also enjoys updates for the new model year, with a VW Connect Dongle now standard on S and Match Edition trims, and the 290ps Golf GTI TCR now getting an Akrapovic sports exhaust system as standard equipment.

The Tiguan features a new engine - a 1.6-litre, 115ps TDI unit, replacing the 2.0-litre TDI with the same power in the entry-level S trim. This 1,598cc engine achieves a WLTP-certified 48.1 mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting 128 g/km CO2 and is the most affordable diesel offering in the Tiguan range, at £26,515.

A set of optional LED headlights is also now available for the Tiguan S and Match and as with other S and Match trims, the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace are now provided with a standard-fit VW Connect Dongle.

The Sharan is updated with extra equipment, including Discover Navigation as standard across the range, plus a blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert including lane assist, and dynamic road sign display.

Due to the standard fitment of Discover Navigation, SE trim has been removed, meaning the Sharan range begins with S and moves up to SE Nav then SEL.

The Touran gets two new alloy 16-inch alloy wheels on SE and SE Family trims, while the 17-inch Stockholm alloy wheel design is replaced with Alexandria wheels for SEL specification. Both of these new wheel designs are available optionally on the lower specifications.

SE and SE Family Tourans now gain a VW Connect Dongle as standard, while a DSG-equipped 2.0-litre, 115 PS TDI engine is now available.

The Arteon fastback gains interior technology tweaks with the infotainment system moving to the latest MIB Generation 3, as well as the second-generation Active Info Display and wireless App Connect.

These features are also seen on the just-launched Passat. The Arteon has also been given a third, entry-level SE trim, offering an alternative to the existing luxurious Elegance and sportier R-Line setups. The latter two trim levels receive Discover Navigation Pro as standard equipment.

The Touareg, meanwhile, gains Volkswagen's new Park Assist Professional system, which combines Area View with Park Assist for the easiest assisted parking experience anywhere in the Volkswagen range.

A new optional air suspension with automatic self-levelling, height adjustment and electronic shock absorption control will also be offered on all trim levels of the Touareg.

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