Volkswagen Tiguan Wolfsburg pricing and specification
Following in the footsteps of the highly successful Golf R Wolfsburg and other limited-edition, Australian-specific Wolfsburg models, Volkswagen has introduced a MY19 Tiguan 162TSI Highline clad with the Wolfsburg treatment.
Combining several (normally optional) equipment packages with a ‘Black Package’ offered in Europe, and limited to 500 units in its first batch, the $55,490 Volkswagen Tiguan Wolfsburg is so lavishly equipped, the only option is a panoramic sunroof.
Over and above the range-topping Highline, the Wolfsburg cops a Sound and Vision package (360-degree area-view camera, active info display, 400-watt Dynaudio Excite premium sound system with nine speakers and subwoofer) and the hugely popular R-Line package (R-Line front bumper, side skirts, wheelarch extensions, rear spoiler and styling details, along with an R-Line flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, R-Line sports seats in Vienna leather, stainless-steel pedals and illuminated stainless-steel scuff plates).
The black-out treatment coats the glossy 20-inch ‘Suzuka’ alloy wheels, roof rails, front grilles, door strips, window frames, mirror caps, rear spoiler and windows (with a 90 per cent privacy tint on the rear glass) in nature’s most sinister hue. Combined with either Deep Black pearl effect, Indium Grey metallic, or new Oryx White pearlescent paint, the Tiguan Wolfsburg is easily the toughest-looking medium SUV on the block. And one of the few with genuine sporting appeal.
The mechanicals remain unchanged, meaning a punchy 162kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four tied to a seven-speed DSG, and the R-Line package’s standard adaptive dampers that smooth out the current Tiguan’s characteristically firm ride.
Indeed, combined with the dress-up gear and its sweetly sporting mechanical package, the Tiguan 162TSI Wolfsburg exists in a niche all its own. Only Ford’s new Escape ST-Line comes close to the VW’s performance ability but can’t hope to match its equipment. And with the death of the Forester XT, Subaru no longer fields a performance medium SUV.
If the Tiguan Wolfsburg proves as much of a success as Volkswagen Australia hopes, then expect to see another batch reach our shores in 2019.
Having completed an Arts degree in English Literature and Film, Ponch started out at Hot 4s & Performance Cars magazine in 1997, honing his distaste for bodykits and commercial doof-doof, before editing Australian Volkswagen magazine, then kicking off a 17-year career at ACP/Bauer as Staff Journalist for WHEELS in 2001.