Volkswagen has put a Golf GTI engine in a Tiguan

Volkswagen TiguanFresh from rolling out the new Tiguan with some tempting introductory finance deals, Volkswagen is adding further allure to its crisply-styled new compact SUV with two range-topping new engines.

A twin-turbo 2.0-litre with 240 hp tops the range; it’s the most powerful diesel SUV in its segment, boasts Volkswagen.

With a stoking 368lb-ft of torque, both 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic are helpfully standard: on-street kudos is added by trapezoidal tail pipes.

But the really exciting engine is the 220 hp 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol – because that’s been transplanted straight from the Golf GTI, says Volkswagen.

The hot hatch motor gives hot hatch acceleration in this hot SUV: 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, although a top speed of 136mph is dulled somewhat by the more bluff profile of the tall body.

Again, for maximum ease of beating Ford Fiesta ST from the lights, Volkswagen fits 4MOTION and DSG as standard, and is likely to offer the 2.0 TSI solely in range-topping R-Line trim.

It probably won’t be cheap, though: a 2.0 TSI 180 R-Line already costs £34,460. And the 2.0 TDI 240 will probably be a few thousand pounds on top of that.

Cue the £40,000 Tiguan? Perhaps it’s a good thing those finance deals are so good…

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