Volkswagen sneaks GTI engine into Tiguan


In the Volkswagen Group's sewn-up view of things, this was always going to happen. SEAT - via Cupra - has been allowed a head start when it comes to quick crossovers, but the profit margins are just too plump for it to remain the only mainstream option in a segment that Europe's largest manufacturer intends to dominate. Hence today's announcement: the Tiguan, the Ateca's slightly larger blood brother, is to get the same stripe of EA888 four-pot which was previously the preserve of the now defunct entry-level Golf GTI.

The logic, of course, is flawless. It means you can now buy a Tiguan with the 230hp petrol engine that makes it noticeably quick - 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds according to VW - and with the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system that differentiates it from the front-driven Golf. At £35k for the lower-priced SEL trim it's more expensive than the five-door hot hatch, which starts at around £31k, but cheaper than the more powerful (and better equipped) Cupra Ateca.


Denying the Tiguan the GTI badge is partly about preserving the hallowed position of the Golf (and to a lesser extent Up and Polo) in the Volkswagen range. But the other notable upside is that it means the manufacturer gets to spread the more powerful engine around the trim levels, which helps absorb any shortfall in sales of the almost as fast (but increasingly unpopular) 240hp 2.0-litre BiTDI model.

With slightly less power than the current 245hp Golf GTI Performance - and certainly no manual gearbox available - VW will hope to avoid treading on the toes of its famed hot hatch, while at the same time leaving plenty of space for a long mooted Tiguan R. And given the proposed range-topper's engines are rumoured to include everything from a newfangled 3.0-litre VR6 to Audi Sport's five-cylinder 2.5-litre motor, its maker is likely to ensure (should it happen) that it gets the power output consistent with a starting price which ought to leave it just shy of a entry-level Porsche Macan.

Like we said, sewn up.

 

 

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  • Omega1987 10 Jan 2019

    It might achieve a quick 0-60 time as a result of a part time 4x4 system but I doubt a car this heavy will be quick in the real world and to be honest why would anyone want a hatchback on stilts to be quick? Lol

  • steveb8189 10 Jan 2019

    Omega1987 said:
    It might achieve a quick 0-60 time as a result of a part time 4x4 system but I doubt a car this heavy will be quick in the real world and to be honest why would anyone want a hatchback on stilts to be quick? Lol
    If you live in a household that only needs / can afford one car and your Mrs wants one on stilts.

  • C70R 10 Jan 2019

    steveb8189 said:
    Omega1987 said:
    It might achieve a quick 0-60 time as a result of a part time 4x4 system but I doubt a car this heavy will be quick in the real world and to be honest why would anyone want a hatchback on stilts to be quick? Lol
    If you live in a household that only needs / can afford one car and your Mrs wants one on stilts.
    And you occasionally need a bit of poke to overtake.

    Classic PH narrow vision of the world leads to "I don't know why anyone would buy this car", when someone with more self-awareness would say "This doesn't appeal to me".

  • cookie1600 10 Jan 2019

    Still not sure why I can't post the first comment without it going to a completely new section of the forum!

    What I have said elsewhere is, this looks a better prospect to me:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIvHrCh5ESA

  • wab172uk 10 Jan 2019

    Having owned the previous Tiguan, they are really nice cars.

    I had the 170 TDI R version. Not what you'd cal quick, but it handled surprisingly well. Much more car like than SUV. But they're not that big, so don't have the mass of most other SUV's out there.

    I'm not interested in a GTI engine in a Tiguan. But a 300BHP+ 5-pot engine? Now that I'd be interested in. As said above, a practical car that meets your needs, and a bit of poke for the overtakes.

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