Volkswagen Tiguan: Soon to make its shift to petrol-only power?

Volkswagen Tiguan: Soon to make its shift to petrol-only power?

The Tiguan has been on sale in the Indian automotive market for quite some time now. Although it offers a timeless design with German finesse, the staid design just doesn’t cut it in this segment, where cars like the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner are lauded for their intimidating face and radical design.

Don’t get me wrong, the Tiguan is actually one of the most contemporary cars in the segment. It’s perhaps dwarfed by its mainstream rivals in terms of its size and overall appeal. Therefore, Volkswagen also introduced a bigger version of the Tiguan, touted as the Tiguan Allspace, to counter the same.

While it does happen to be a stretched-out a version of the Tiguan and also features 7-seats for seating, the Tiguan Allspace defines a rather odd change for the standard Tiguan. You see, the Tiguan Allspace is a petrol-only model, which only hints at the Tiguan, too, undergoing this dramatic shift from a diesel-only powertrain to a petrol-only one rather soon. Here’s a complete lowdown.


Compared to the standard 5-seat version of the Tiguan, the petrol model will not have any noticeable changes. And considering the Allspace derivative of the Tiguan carries the same aesthetics as the standard model, a facelift, too, is not on the cards. Therefore, the specifications will remain identical at 4,486mm of overall length, 1,839mm of overall width, and 1,672mm of overall height.

Moreover, other crucial specifications such as the wheelbase and ground clearance will be carried over too, at 2,677mm and 149mm, respectively. The fuel tank capacity might be up from the 71-litres rated capacity of the diesel  Volkswagen Tiguan. The boot space capacity, however, should remain unchanged at 71-litres.

Under the hood, the Tiguan will drop the 2.0-litre TDI diesel, which is currently capable of churning out 141bhp and 340Nm of torque. For those of you may not know, this was a common rail direct injection unit, which was mated to a 7-speed DSG-gearbox. It will borrow the 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit from the Allspace, which is good for 188bhp and 320Nm of torque. It, too, comes mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox. However, unlike the TDI engine, it is compliant with the newly enforced BS-VI emission standards.


Just for reference, the Tiguan diesel was rated at a respectable 17.06km/l by ARAI. But, with the shift to petrol power, expect the fuel efficiency numbers to take a toll. Expect it to deliver somewhere around 10km/l in real-world scenarios.


Well, most likely, the Tiguan will carry over the same equipment when it makes its shift to petrol power, which is not a bad thing either. The current-spec Tiguan features three-zone climate control, an 8.0-touchscreen with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a multifunctional steering wheel, keyless entry, push-button start, a massive panoramic sunroof, and much more.
On the outside, it gets standard-fit LED headlamps with DRLs, LED taillamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels finished in silver.


The Tiguan, as of early-2020, comes in five shades, namely, Tungsten Silver, Atlantic Blue, Deep Black, Onyx White, and Indium Grey.


All the information on the topic of the Volkswagen Tiguan, namely, the engine, condition, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are expansively covered in the brochure.

Variants and Prices

As of early-2020, the Volkswagen Tiguan is available in two variants, all in the same diesel-automatic configuration. The prices start at Rs. 28.15 lakhs for the Comfortline TDI variant going all the way to Rs. 31.54 lakhs for the Highline TDI variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi)

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