It’s no secret that diesel has been under huge scrutiny in the past year, but that’s not to say that people are still opting for it as their fuel of choice. Look at it this way, up until now, the Volkswagen Passat has only been available with diesel engines, and the new Tiguan has only been allocated the 180 hp 2.0-litre petrol unit.
But be aware, action will be taking place including the banning of diesel engines in some areas, and costly taxes in others. We were once convinced to buy these peculiar van-like engines, they’ve served their time, and now it’s time they’re gone.
Volkswagen recognises this and has added a range of engines to the Passat and Tiguan that will see the models through the next generation.
The Passat Saloon and Estate have been gifted with 4 new engines. All trims (excluding BlueMotion and GTE) will be granted the 1.4-litre petrol engine. With four-cylinders it produces 125 hp, however an improved version will produce 150 hp and shut down two cylinders wherever possible.
These will both be available with 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions. The top two trims, GT and R-Line, get more potent engines. A 180 hp 1.8-litre available with the choice of the above two transmissions, or a 220 hp 2.0-litre power plant mated solely to a 6speed DSG.
The story is a little less exciting over with the Tiguan, partially because it already makes use of a 2.0-litre engine. This time around, it’s only available with the two guises of the 1.4-litre with 125 hp or 150 hp and active cylinder technology (ACT). SE and SE Nav are available with the 1.4 TSI 125 in conjunction with front-wheel-drive and a 6-speed manual transmission.
SE Nav also gets the 1.4 TSI ACT 150 mated to a 6-speed DSG and a choice of front- or four-wheel-drive as well as a 6-speed manual only available with the 4WD. SEL and R-Line are restricted to the 1.4 TSI ACT 150, 2WD and the 6-speed DSG.
Emissions for the Passat sit between and including 114-126 g/km for the 1.4 TSI engine in both guises, while emissions sit at 130 and 136 g/km for the 1.8 TSI depending on transmission. The 2.0 TSI emits the highest, at 146 g/km. Front-wheel-drive Tiguans emit 139-140 g/km, while the four-wheel-drive models emit 155 and 163 g/km.
Pricing for the Passat starts at £21,610 for the Saloon and £23,210 for the Estate, with Tiguan models starting at £25,000. Volkswagen even claims an average saving of £1,900 for the Passat compared to its diesel counterpart. Order books are open now.