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Volkswagen South Africa has trimmed its Tiguan range from six derivatives to five, while also discontinuing the only TDI variant in the Tiguan Allspace line-up (taking the latter’s total to four models).

The Tiguan 2,0 TDI Comfortline, which had employed a 2,0-litre turbodiesel engine sending 81 kW and 280 N.m to its front axle via a six-speed manual gearbox, is no longer part of the local range. It was priced at R505 800 before its removal from VW SA’s price list.

Interestingly, though, the Tiguan 2,0 TDI 4Motion Comfortline, which has drive directed to all four corners through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, has had its peak power increased from 105 kW to 110 kW (maximum torque is unchanged at 340 N.m). The price for this variant has increased by R2 800 to R568 800.

And the Allspace range? Well, only TSI-powered models remain after the Tiguan AllSpace 2,0 TDI (which was fitted with the 110 kW/340 N.m oil-burner mentioned above) was removed from the line-up. This variant had been priced at R597 000 before its discontinuation.

Interestingly, VW SA has rationalised other diesel model ranges of late, having earlier in 2019 discontinued the Golf GTD as well as both TDI-badged derivatives in the Arteon line-up.

Volkswagen South Africa has quietly added a new derivative to its seven-seater Tiguan Allspace range, now offering the base engine in Comfortline guise.

Previously, the local Tiguan Allspace line-up comprised four variants, with only the entry-level Trendline model employing the firm’s turbocharged 1,4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (the 2,0 TSI, meanwhile, is offered in two states of tune, alongside the 2,0 TDI).

Now, however, VW SA has added the front-driven 1,4 TSI Comfortline model to the range, priced at R535 400. Interestingly, though, this is a mere R10 100 less than the 2,0 TSI 4Motion Comfortline, which not only offers the same trim level but also higher outputs (at 132 kW and 320 N.m) and all-wheel drive.

For the record, the 1,4 TSI Comfortline delivers the same 110 kW and 250 N.m (the latter between 1 500 and 3 500 r/min) as the base Trendline model, directed to the front axle via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (the bigger engine boasts a seven-speeder). The zero to 100 km/h sprint takes a claimed 9,5 seconds, with top speed pegged at 200 km/h. VW says this newcomer will sip at 7,1 L/100 km on the combined cycle.

Compared with the base (R466 300) Trendline model, the 1,4 TSI Comfortline gains various drive modes, a different style of 17-inch alloys, 10 mm extra ground clearance (at 201 mm), VW’s "Composition Media” infotainment system (with an eight-inch touchscreen), front and rear parking sensors, lumbar support adjustment up front (for the standard “Comfort” seats), different seat upholstery, chrome side-window trim, three-zone automatic climate control, an uprated multi-function display, an electric tailgate and LED headlamps.

Interestingly, Volkswagen SA has also discontinued the manual version of the five-seater Tiguan 1,4 TSI Comfortline.

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