Volkswagen Tiguan gains 180kW Golf GTI engine

Potent petrol range-topper will bridge the gap between the standard Tiguan and upcoming 236kW R model

The Volkswagen Tiguan line-up has swelled at the top end with the introduction of two new four-wheel-drive petrol options.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is now available in 139kW form, with 320Nm, or in the identical 180kW, 370Nm guise offered in the Golf GTI hot hatchback.

The more potent option bridges the gap between the full-fat Tiguan R and the standard Tiguan line-up, bringing the 0-100km/h time down to just 6.0sec and bumping the top speed up to 229km/h.

The 139kW option covers the 0-100km/h sprint in 7.4sec, tops out at 215km/h.

The latter is the fastest and most powerful version of the Tiguan on sale, until the 236kW R arrives in the coming months. Capable of 0-100km/h in 4.9sec and equipped with a new torque-vectoring four-wheel drive system.

Trim includes 20-inch alloy wheels, a slightly more aggressive body kit, a larger tailgate spoiler and sports suspension, which drops the SUV’s ride height by around 10mm.

Interior upgrades include sports seats, stainless steel pedals, R-Line-branded floor mats and black headlining.

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