Volkswagen Car News

Following the launch of the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace earlier this year, Volkswagen has added R-Line editions to crown the range. Offered with a choice of 148 and 188bhp 2.0-litre TDI engines, the lower powered unit is offered in a choice of two- or four-wheel-drive with six-speed manual or seven-speed twinclutch DSG automatic transmission, while the 188bhp unit is offered with four-wheel-drive and the DSG gearbox. Oddly, the 236bhp BiTurbo engine that is available with SEL trim, isn’t offered in racier R-Line specification, which seems like an oversight to us. Priced at £2,315 more than the SEL trim level, additional equipment includes an R-Line bodystyling pack, 20-inch alloy wheels with self-sealing tyres, sports suspension, progressive steering, a drive mode selector, aluminium dashboard and door appliqués, black rooflining, front sports seats, stainless steel pedals, a sportier leather multi-function steering wheel and ‘R-Line’ door sill protectors. The five-model line-up is available to order now from £35,440 for the R-Line 2.0 TDI 2WD with 148bhp unit, rising to £40,045 for the R-Line 2.0 TDI 4Motion automatic with 188bhp powerplant.

A new sporty R-Line edition of the T-Roc has gone on sale in the UK, priced at £30,585. That’s an additional £1,925 compared to the SEL model it is based upon. Extra equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, progressive dynamic steering, an R-Line styling pack, black wheelarch extensions, colour coded side skirts and a roof spoiler. Inside there’s metal sports pedals, a sportier leather steering wheel with paddleshifts, black rooflining, heated sports seats, ‘R-Line’ door protectors, and heated windscreen washer jets. Paired exclusively with the 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine and a sevenspeed DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission, the T-Roc R-Line is available to order now from Volkswagen dealers.

A new, more affordable version of the Volkswagen Amarok is now on sale, priced at £30,445, a saving of £1,308 over the previous cheapest model. The new entry-level model is powered by a 161bhp version of the 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine and is paired to Trendline trim. It sits below the 201 and 221bhp derivatives of the same powerplant. The new unit produces 332lb ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and selectable 4Motion four-wheel-drive. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control, DAB radio with 6.33- inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and cruise control. Available to order now, the first examples are expected at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle showrooms in May.

New year revisions to the Passat range have been announced by Volkswagen, including enhancements to the standard specification. Gone are the 2.0-litre TDI engines without Selective Catalyst Reduction, and all SE Business models and above feature LED headlights as standard. Every new Passat now comes with Volkswagen’s App-Connect system as standard, featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which allows a smartphone’s screen to be mirrored on the car’s infotainment system. Heated seats are standard on SE Business, GT, R-Line and Alltrack models, as well as three-zone climate control and a colour multi-function display nestled amongst the instruments. Prices rise by £550 on SE Business models and GT versions rise by £200, while the entry-level S editions cost the same as before. The upgraded Passat range is available to order now from Volkswagen retailers.

It’s been a long time coming, but the seven-seat Tiguan Allspace is now available to order at Volkswagen dealers. Available in a choice of two trim levels – SE Navigation and SEL – a sportier R-Line edition joins the line-up in the spring. The longer wheelbase of the Allspace delivers extra luggage space and adds a third row of seats, with the newcomer sharing its platform with the Skoda Kodiaq and the upcoming SEAT large SUV. All versions of the Tiguan Allspace feature 18-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, threezone climate control, a navigation system, DAB radio, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity and safety equipment like autonomous emergency braking, lane assist and adaptive cruise control. SEL models include a digital instrument cluster measuring 12.3-inches, 19-inch alloy wheels, front sports seats, a panoramic sunroof and hands-free boot opening. Engine choices are between the 148, 188 and 236bhp versions of the 2.0-litre TDI engine, with the lowest power unit also offered with two-wheel-drive, in addition to four-wheel-drive. The two most powerful engines are paired exclusively with a seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox, which is an option on the 148bhp edition. Prices start at £31,550 for the SE Navigation 2.0 TDI 2WD and rise to £39,965 for an SEL 2.0 BiTDI with seven-speed DSG automatic transmission and 4Motion four-wheel-drive.