Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid: prices, specs and release date

Plug-in hybrid version of Tiguan family SUV joins Volkswagen's electrification push, priced from £35,515 in the UK

VW Tiguan eHybrid

Full UK pricing and specification details for the Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid family SUV have been revealed. The petrol-electric version of the model will be available in Life, Elegance and R-Line trim levels, priced at £35,515, £37,780 and £38,120 respectively.

The electrified family car bolsters VW's plug-in hybrid (PHEV) offering to five distinct models, badged either GTE, eHybrid or R: the Tiguan, the Golf, the Passat, the Touareg and the Arteon. It's driven by a 242bhp petrol-electric drivetrain, comprising a 1.4-litre petrol engine, an electric motor and a 10.4kWh battery. Top speed is 127mph and 0-62mph takes 7.5 seconds, while charging the battery fully from a home wallbox at a speed of 3.6kW will take three hours and 40 minutes.

The car will always start in fully electric mode as long as there's sufficient charge in the battery and an electric range of up to 30 miles is promised, at speeds up to 80mph. CO2 emissions start at 38g/km for the Life version (rising to 43 and 41g/km respectively for the Elegance and R Line) and fuel economy can be as high as nearly 177mpg depending on exact specification. The Life and R Line versions fall into the 11% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax band, while the Elegance is in the 13% band.

Apart from the drivetrain, the Tiguan eHybrid features several other new technologies, including the 'Travel Assist' driver-assistance package. First seen on the latest Passat, this collection of camera and radar systems enables semi-autonomous driving at speeds up to 130mph. This Tiguan also gets the latest incarnation of Volkswagen's infotainment software, known as MIB3, bringing with it a range of online services and functions thanks to an integrated SIM card. There's also digital climate-control operation and LED matrix headlights.

Standard equipment on the entry-level Life version includes three-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, an eight-inch touchscreen sat nav and LED matrix headlights. Elegance adds a heated steering wheel, 30-colour ambient lighting, a powered tailgate, keyless entry and a 10.25-inch digital dashboard display. The range-topping R-Line version of the car brings a sportier focus, with a roof spoiler, 20-inch alloy wheels, different front and rear bumpers, wheelarch extensions, black roof lining, R-Line interior badging and all the extras that feature on the Elegance model.

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