Thus far, Volkswagen’s Tiguan has enjoyed success in almost every market it’s put it; in 170 countries an incredible 2.8 million units have been sold since its launch in 2007.

VW have updated the Tiguan for 2017, making it an even more attractive proposition. The new Tiguan will be completely new, as it’s the 1st car to be designed and built on the MQB platform.

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The Tiguan’s goal has always been to be the best all-round vehicle one can buy. This new model is slightly longer, lower and wider than before. Accordingly, the Tiguan has also seen a significant reduction in weight.

These new dimensions give it a slightly more stable and dynamic quality. It also translates to more leg- and boot space.

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For SA, VW is making 3 engines available; 1.4 TSI (92- and 110 kW), 2.0 TDI (81-, 105- and 130 kW), and a range-topping 2.0 TSI (162 kW). There is also an average fuel-consumption improvement of around 10% across the range.

As ever, the Tiguan will be made available with VW’s excellent 4MOTION drivetrain, as well as their wonderful DSG ‘box.

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The designers have gone with the “less is more” design-philosophy,  and have decided to revolutionise the styling, rather than evolving it. The result is a car with strong presence and an instantly recognisable silhouette. It looks fantastic!

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The new model is also more safety-oriented with a whole host of features offered as standard. These include technologies such as the new active bonnet, City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and the Lane Assist lane departure warning system. All this makes the Tiguan more safe in its daily environment.

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Inside, the Tiguan has also been overhauled to produce a more sporty cabin. The new design is meant to be more ergonomic, and incorporates a new infotainment system, as well as VW’s Active Info Display. Occupants can also now control the infotainment system directly from their smartphones.

Other things worth noting is the 3-way Auto Climate Control and Active Cruise Control offered on higher spec models.

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Another of the Tiguan’s party tricks, the R-Line pack, is available on the new model too. The updated pack introduces an all-round sportier feel, with optional 19- or 20” rims, a sporty body kit, wing and diffuser, R-Line seats and -pedals, black rooflining, and a unique leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel.

Pricing for the new Tiguan starts from R378 – 457 000.