Guide to Volkswagen Tiguan in South Africa

In 2007, the Tiguan joined the ranks of successful VW models, offering customers another option in the ever-growing sport utility vehicle (SUV) market. The Tiguan, however, is not just any SUV; it's a showcase model for the brand's compact utility vehicle (CUV) development.

Used as a base for other CUV models, including the Audi Q3, the VW Tiguan is an affordable model offering renowned German build quality, efficiency, and decent specifications at a competitive price compared to its rivals.

Big enough to tackle tough terrain yet compact enough to zip in and out of town and traffic, this CUV is approaching what some consider the perfect-sized SUV. Aimed at customers who want the benefits of a 4x4 vehicle while still being able to smile at the fuel pumps, the Volkswagen Tiguan has become a market segment leader, especially in terms of sales according to NAAMSA vehicle sales reports.

With over 700,000 models sold globally and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, the Tiguan has proven it is worthy of serious consideration.

A brief history of Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan was built using the platform of the VW Passat sedan model. Launched at the 2007 German International Motor Show, it was first produced at the VW plant in Wolfsburg, Germany and the Kaluga plant in Russia.

The first-generation Volkswagen Tiguan offered an extensive range of specifications including six airbags, semi-automatic climate control, electric windows all-round, and electronically adjustable, heated mirrors. It also offered a spacious and comfortable interior, setting a great standard for what drivers could expect from a decent off-roader family vehicle.
The model received a minor facelift in 2011, featuring new headlight and bumper designs with much of the focus placed on the rear design of the vehicle.

The second-generation VW Tiguan was launched in 2016 and featured a complete redesign and upgraded specifications. The latest generation, the Tiguan Allspace, has an extended wheelbase, offering drivers more interior space thanks to a larger body.

Volkswagen Tiguan details

In many ways, the latest VW Tiguan is more spaceship than off-roader, with an interactive display dominating the interior. Rather than the traditional rev and speed counter, the entire dashboard is now an interactive system which displays all the details you might want, from speed to navigation.

The nifty head-up display reflects information onto the windscreen so you can drive without having to take your eyes off the road. The Tiguan also offers voice control and adaptive cruise control, enabling you to cruise while the car automatically adjusts its speed in relation to other road users.

The baseline VW Tiguan TSI Trendline 2WD BMT DSG offers 110 kw and 250 Nm of torque from its 1.4 L petrol engine. It produces 162 g/km of CO2 emissions and has a combined fuel cycle of 6.8 L/100 km.

Buying a Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen produces its vehicles right here in South Africa. This allows the over 40 Volkswagen South Africa dealerships to have a large supply of parts availability.

Volkswagen also makes buying a VW easy with their financial assistance service. Lease agreements, guaranteed buybacks, and monthly instalments are all available with their in-house financing solutions.

Alternatively you can use our online car quote tool to get you discounted quotes from accredited dealers.

The entry-level Volkswagen Tiguan Trendline retails from R442,900.

Volkswagen Tiguan warranty

The VW Tiguan does not have a standard motor warranty and service plan, but optional plans are on offer. Owners can add a five-year/100,000 km maintenance plan for an additional R14,720 and a five-year/140,000 km maintenance plan for an additional R36,340.

An extended Volkswagen AutoMotion five-year/105,000 km service plan is available on the base Trendline model. Browse the VW South Africa website to learn more about the warranty and maintenance options available for the specific model you want.

Volkswagen Tiguan insurance

Volkswagen Insurance Services are available to VW owners, offering a range of car insurance products ranging from customer protection plans to shortfall payment solutions.

Unfortunately, Volkswagen is considered to be a high theft risk in South Africa by the Ctrack vehicle risk report, which could raise your monthly car insurance premiums. That doesn't mean you can't find a great deal on car cover for your VW Tiguan though. Compare car insurance quotes online using the comparison tool to find the perfect deal for your vehicle.

Prices quoted are correct at the time of publishing this article. The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial, legal, or medical advice.