Ahead of a March 2021 on-sale date, pricing and equipment levels have been announced for the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan. A substantial mid-life update, the 2021 Tiguan ushers in a new look, a revised interior, a new model naming structure, a new diesel engine and according to the brand, enhanced value. Now Volkswagen Australia’s best-selling car, the updated Tiguan will go on sale in stages – the entry-level 110TSI hits dealers in March, while the 162TSI and 147TDI are due in May and the 132TSI in June.

“With the introduction of new technology from the new Mark 8 Golf, the 2021 Tiguan is not a mere mid-life upgrade,” Volkswagen Group Australia Managing Director Michael Bartsch said.

“Increasingly Tiguan is the model with which Volkswagen is becoming synonymous.”  

We’ve previously detailed the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan’s updates, including its new styling, new interior details such as touch sensitive steering wheel and HVAC controls, as well as new available tech, but finally Volkswagen Group Australia has announced local pricing and spec.

Pricing kicks off from $39,690 plus on-road costs, which is almost $5,000 more than the previous entry point to the range – however, a true entry level Tiguan has been dropped and the entry-point now lies in the Tiguan Life. The previous car’s base Trendline has been deleted, while the Life replaces the Comfortline, the Elegance replaces the Highline and the R-Line is now a model atop the range, and not just a package.

As before, a range of turbocharged petrol engines is available – the 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre 110TSI is at the entry to the range with the 132kW/320Nm 2.0-litre 132TSI sitting in the middle and a 162kW/350Nm 162TSI at the top. Diesel power has also been reintroduced to the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan range with the 147kW/400Nm 147TDI available in the Elegance and R-Line specs. Only the 110TSI is front-wheel drive – the rest are all-wheel drive, and all are mated to either six-(110TSI) or seven-speed dual-clutch autos.

Standard kit on the Tiguan Life includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, auto lights and wipers, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with inbuilt satellite navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reversing camera, a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, tri-zone climate control, an electric tailgate and heated/auto-folding mirrors.

Standard safety kit has been given a big boost as the previously optional Driver Assist Pack (and more) is now standard across the range. This includes high-speed auto emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane assist with adaptive lane guidance, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, auto parking with front and rear parking sensors, auto rear braking, driver fatigue monitoring, proactive occupant protection and emergency assist, which will gradually slow the car to a halt if the driver has become unresponsive.

The Tiguan Life is available with either the 110TSI ($39,690) or 132TSI ($43,690) drivetrains.

The Tiguan Elegance then adds leather upholstery, electric front seats with memory functionality, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, matrix LED headlights with ‘premium’ LED tailights, a larger 9.2-inch centre screen rear privacy glass, 30-colour LED ambient lighting and additional chrome parts. The Elegance is only available with either the 162TSI ($50,790) or 147TDI ($52,290) engines.

Atop the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan range is the R-Line, which adds a number of styling features to the Tiguan Elegance, including 20-inch wheels, an R-Line steering wheel, sports seats, sports bumpers and a spoiler, a black headliner, a quicker steering rack and so on. The R-Line is only available as a 162TSI ($53,790) or 147TDI ($55,290).

A handful of options for the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan are available – the Life can be had with a $5,000 Luxury Pack, which adds leather upholstery, heated and electrically adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof – the latter is available on the Elegance and R-Line as a standalone $2,000 option too. The Elegance and R-Line can be had with a $2,500 Sound and Vision Pack, which adds a heads-up display, a Harman/Kardon sound system and a 360-degree parking camera.

Metallic paint is $800 for all models and three- ($1,200) or five-year ($2,400) service packs are also available.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan pricing (plus on-road costs):

Life 110TSI FWD: $39,690

Life 132TSI AWD: $43,690

Elegance 162TSI AWD: $50,790

Elegance 147TDI AWD: $52,290

R-Line 162TSI AWD: $53,790

R-Line 147TDI AWD: $55,290

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