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Order books are open for second generation VW Tiguan

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The second generation VW Tiguan is finally available to order with deliveries starting in summer.

One of VW's most popular models, the first generation Tiguan SUV has been on the market for ten years now and is therefore ripe for an update. The second generation model was unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, following the same design language as the latest Passat and Golf models. It's more efficient and more spacious than its predecessor and will be available as a GTE plug-in hybrid model, returning 149mpg and 42g/km in CO2 emissions.

New VW Tiguan follows the lead set by the Golf and Passat

In design terms there's nothing revolutionary to report but there are some neat, modern creases and angles plus LED DRLs, larger alloys and enlarged front air intakes. It's very smart and expensive looking but still looks muscular and agile. As with a growing number of VW models, the new Tiguan sits atop the MQB platform. It's also slightly longer and lower than the original model.

The increased dimensions are most noticeable on the inside, where there's more headroom, more legroom for rear passengers and a larger boot. 145 extra litres of cargo space adds up to a total 615 litres with the rear seats in place and 1,655 litres with them folded down. The cabin is almost identical in design to the current Golf and Passat. There will be a standard version and a beefier off-roader.

From behind the wheel some changes are noticeable, particularly in terms of cabin quality. The new Tiguan feels distinctly premium and capable of rivalling the likes of the BMW X1 or the Mercedes GLA. There's plenty of impressive technology on board, with VW using the Active Info Display used in the Audis TT and A4. VW will also be offering progressive steering and wireless mobile phone charging in the Tiguan.

Under the bonnet

A familiar range of powertrains will be on offer, including the 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesel models with various tuning options, plus a couple of petrol turbos, and a choice of front and four wheel drive layouts. The higher powered diesels will be capable of towing up to 2,500kg. The GTE hybrid shown in Frankfurt borrowed a powertrain from the Passat GTE, which uses a turbocharged 1.4 litre petrol unit with an electric motor for 215bhp, but VW has yet to confirm details of a Tiguan GTE at this stage. Potentially capable of 149mpg and 42g/km of CO2 emissions if the concept were to come to fruition, the GTE would make an extremely economical purchase.

The second generation Tiguan is to be the first and smallest model in a new VW SUV family, with the next step to be a longer, seven seater Tiguan XL for the American and Chinese markets, and possibly Europe at a later stage. VW has also shown an interest in a more compact SUV to rival the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.

Prices and specs

In the meantime, prices for the standard second generation Tiguan will start at £22,500 this summer. That's for the 1.4 litre TSI petrol, an entry level model with 124bhp for which order books open in May. Initially customers can order 2.0 litre diesel and petrol models, the cheapest of which is £25,530 for a 148bhp 2.0 TDI in the 'S' trim level.

It comes with plenty of safety equipment including Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking. Statistics include CO2 emissions of 125g/km and 9.3 seconds to get from 0-62mph. An extra £1,600 will get you 4MOTION all-wheel drive and an extra 21g/km in CO2 emissions. With the optional seven speed DSG transmission, the price comes to £28,730.

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