The Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid SUV: The Complete Guide

Volkswagen Tiguan Plug-In Hybrid

Overview


Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position to become the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles. The automotive company currently has a number of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale, to include:



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The Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid PHEV SUV


The Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV was introduced in 2007. The Tiguan is now in its second generation and is based on the Volkswagen MQB platform. The Tiguan has been recognised as a best-selling SUV in Europe, with more than six million sold globally. The compact crossover SUV is the most successful Volkswagen model to date. As of 2021, this popular family SUV is also available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. PHEVs are perfect for individuals and families:

  • Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving.
  • Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling.
  • Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations.
  • Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis.
  • Keen to save money.

It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.

The Volkswagen plug-in electric SUV has a 13 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 30 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the e-SUV, expect a real world range closer to 25 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The VW plug-in electric SUV is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid
The Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid PHEV SUV (credit: VW)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol/Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Life (from £35,515)
Elegance(from £37,780)
R-Line(from £38,120)

PROSCONS
A practical and spacious family SUV that is environment-friendlyOnly available as a front-wheel drive (FWD)
Cheap to run on zero-emission electric rangeExterior styling outdated
Comfortable driveCharges only up to 3.6 kW AC

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (13 kWh)
Charging:DC rapid charging not available. On board charger 3.6 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:43-38g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:3 years or 60,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh£1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1675
Width (mm):1839
Length (mm):4509
Wheelbase (mm):2678
Turning Circle (m):11.5
Boot capacity (L):615

Tiguan 1.4 TSI e-Hybrid Life
EV Battery Capacity:13.0 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):30 miles
Fuel Consumption (mpg):174.7
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/62mi):16.8
Charging:DC rapid charging not available. On board charger 3.6 kW AC
Top Speed:127 mph
0-62 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):85
Max Power (PS):245 (system)
Torque (Nm):400 (system)
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,819
Colours:8

Tiguan 1.4 TSI e-Hybrid Elegance
EV Battery Capacity:13.0 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):30 miles
Fuel Consumption (mpg):153.2
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/62mi):17.0
Charging:DC rapid charging not available. On board charger 3.6 kW AC
Top Speed:127 mph
0-62 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):85
Max Power (PS):245 (system)
Torque (Nm):400 (system)
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,819
Colours:8

Tiguan 1.4 TSI e-Hybrid R-Line
EV Battery Capacity:13.0 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):30 miles
Fuel Consumption (mpg):159.6
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/62mi):16.8
Charging:DC rapid charging not available. On board charger 3.6 kW AC
Top Speed:127 mph
0-62 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):85
Max Power (PS):245 (system)
Torque (Nm):400 (system)
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,819
Colours:6

Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid
The Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid PHEV SUV (credit: VW)

Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid
The Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid PHEV SUV (credit: VW)

Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid
The Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid PHEV SUV (credit: VW)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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