The new Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale in Ireland now

Volkswagen ID.4 Price In Ireland

The new Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale in Ireland now
The new Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale in Ireland now

Just as the first Volkswagen ID.4 reviews for Ireland begin to roll in, we can confirm the Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale in Ireland priced from €41,248, including grants and VRT relief.

The ID.4 is the German brand's all new electric SUV and the follow-up to last year's ID.3 hatchback.

The customer deliveries will arrive here later in the spring and will be high specification ID.4 1st Edition and 1st Edition Max models. These models are powered by a 77 kWh battery with a system power output of 204 hp and an electric range up to 500 km (WLTP).

There is 310 Nm of torque, the top speed is 160 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h is reached in 8.5 seconds.

VW ID.4 Price in Ireland

The Volkswagen ID.4 1st is available from €41,248 with equipment highlights including heated front seats and steering wheel, "Discover Pro" navigation system, 20" “Drammen” alloy wheels, reversing camera, LED headlights/taillights and Lane Assist.

The Volkswagen ID.4 1st Max is available from €54,580 and adds massage feature to the front seats, 21" “Narvik” alloy wheels, Area View, LED matrix headlights, 3D LED tail light clusters, Travel Assist, augmented reality head-up display and panoramic sunroof.

From May, the Volkswagen ID.4 52 kWh will launch here with an expected lower entry price of €35,000 after grants. It has a range of around 340 km.

The ID.4 is classed as a compact SUV and uses Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) architecture. Volkswagen says the space available in the vehicle interior is at the level of conventional SUVs in the next category up. Depending on the rear seat backrest’s position, the luggage compartment will have a capacity from 543 to 1,575 litres.

Inside the new Volkswagen ID.4
Inside the new Volkswagen ID.4

Inside the ID.4

The new electric Volkswagen SUV's operating concept will be based on two displays. One diagonally measures up to 12 inches and features touch functionality – as well as “Hello ID.” natural voice control. The new ID.Light – a narrow light strip under the windscreen – also features.

The ID.4 can avail of DC quick-charging at 125 kW adding 325 km in as little as 30 minutes.

It is available in four colours at launch: Manganese Grey Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic, and Honey Yellow Metallic.

“The ID.4 is an emotional all-rounder which will impress many customers with its efficient electric drive, generous amount of space, modern assist systems and powerful design,” says Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen brand.

“As the first global electric car, this model will roll out our modular electric drive matrix platform that has been developed specifically for electric mobility the world over. Volkswagen is thus once again demonstrating its leading role in innovation, technology and quality on the high-volume market.”

A source in Volkswagen Ireland has said that the brand expects to sell 1700 ID.4s here in a year. The ID.3 has already posted strong sales in the Irish market since its launch in the latter half of 2020.

The new Volkswagen ID.4 expected in Ireland in January 2021
The new Volkswagen ID.4 expected in Ireland from April

The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now in Ireland

Volkswagen Tiguan (2021) Pricing For Ireland

The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now in Ireland
The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now in Ireland

Volkswagen Ireland has confirmed that the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now.

The new facelifted version of the popular Tiguan mid size SUV will build on the success of this model in Ireland. Since the current generation launched in 2016, it has become the German brand's bestselling model in Ireland and was the third bestselling car in the country in 2020.

The new Volkswagen Tiguan range will go on sale priced from €31,510 RRP with a €1,000 delivery charge on each model.

What's new for the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan?

At launch the 2021 Tiguan range will go on sale with petrol and diesel engines, with a new Tiguan plug-in hybrid to follow later in the year. The Tiguan eHybrid will feature a 1.4-litre TSI engine twinned with an electric motor that produces a combined 245 hp and makes the eHybrid capable of covering up to 50 km in electric mode. We don't have pricing for this model yet.

The first high performance Tiguan R also debuts in 2021
The first high performance Tiguan R also debuts in 2021

A high performance Volkswagen Tiguan R will also go on sale for the first time priced from €66,990, powered by a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine with 320 hp. Four wheel drive and DSG gearbox are also standard on this model.

A comprehensive facelift means a more modern appearance for the Tiguan akin to larger Volkswagen SUVs like the Touareg. The bonnet is more concise in its appearance and the new radiator grille with LED headlights is wider, with the new Volkswagen badge positioned centrally at the front. There are redesigned bumpers, and at the rear the Tiguan lettering is now in a prominent central position below the Volkswagen badge.

Inside there is a new steering wheel featuring touch controls (standard on R-Line and R), and Volkswagen has also digitalised the climate control functions by means of touch sliders and touch buttons in some trim levels.

The updated interior of the latest Tiguan
The updated interior of the latest Tiguan

What are my engine options?

The petrol range kicks off from €31,510 RRP with the option of 130 hp and 150 hp versions of the brand's proven 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, and choice of manual or DSG automatic gearbox.

The diesel range is available from €33,345 RRP and uses the brand's 2.0-litre TDI engine with 122 hp (manual only), 150 hp (manual and DSG automatic) or 200 hp for the top of the range diesel model with four wheel drive and a DSG gearbox.

Pricing and equipment

The new Volkswagen Tiguan will be sold in four trim lines here: Tiguan, Life, Elegance and R-Line. Standard equipment includes 17” Montana alloy wheels, 8” Ready 2 Discover radio system, 2 USB-C ports in the front, air conditioning and LED daytime running lights. There is also Wireless App Connect for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid expected before the end of the year
Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid expected before the end of the year

The Tiguan Life is available from €34,285 RRP for the 1.5-litre, 130hp petrol engine with a manual gearbox or €39,330 RRP with a 7-speed DSG. The Tiguan Life 2.0-litre TDI diesel starts at €35,515 RRP with a 6-speed manual transmission or €40,425 RRP with a 7-speed DSG automatic. Extra features include 18” Frankfurt alloy wheels, 8” Discover Media Navigation System, adaptive cruise control, Park Distance Control, 3-zone climate control, natural voice control, black roof rails and tinted rear windows as well as Comfort seats in the front and additional storage compartments.

The Tiguan Elegance is aimed at those buyers wanting the best of technology and is available from €44,020 RRP for the 1.5-litre TSI with 150 hp and 7-speed DSG. There are three diesel versions, priced from €42,350. Equipment highlights include 19” Victoria Falls alloy wheels, ArtVelours upholstery, an ambient lighting pack with 30 colours, a multifunction steering wheel, heated front seats, chrome elements, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control ACC Stop & Go incl. speed limiter, Park Assist with Park Distance Control, keyless entry and lane change system ‘Side Assist’ and Rear Traffic Alert.

The Tiguan R-Line is the sportiest of all with standard 20” Suzuka alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers in ‘R-Line’ design and a rear spoiler in ‘R’ style. Inside there is an ‘R-Line’ interior including decorative ‘Carbon Grey’ inserts and a black headliner.There is one petrol R-Line, a 1.5-litre TSI putting out 150 hp, mated to a 7-speed DSG, for €44,920 RRP and three diesel options from €43,195 RRP.

The latest version of the Volkswagen Tiguan goes on sale priced from €31,510 RRP
The latest version of the Volkswagen Tiguan goes on sale priced from €31,510 RRP

The new Volkswagen Golf GTE is on sale in Ireland now

Volkswagen Golf GTE On Sale In Ireland

The new Volkswagen Golf GTE is on sale in Ireland now
The new Volkswagen Golf GTE is on sale in Ireland now

Volkswagen Ireland has confirmed that the new generation Volkswagen Golf GTE and new Golf eHybrid are now on sale here. Both use a plug-in hydrid powertrain.

The Golf eHybrid kicks off the Golf hybrid range and is priced in Ireland from €36,570 with a power output of 204 hp. With CO2 emissions of 21g/km, it sits in Tax Band A1 with annual motor tax of €170.

Pricing for the new Volkswagen Golf GTE

The new Golf GTE has a bias towards performance and goes on sale from €42,330 with 245 hp available.

The new plug-in hybrids can now cover more range on electric power alone. The Golf eHybrid covers up to 71 kilometres (WLTP), while the Golf GTE is said to travel up to 64 km in pure electric mode.

Both models feature a TSI petrol engine and a 6-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.

The new Volkswagen Golf eHybrid is available in the Style trim level and equipment includes 3-zone climate control, keyless cccess advanced, rear-view camera, ArtVelours microfleece seat coverings, Travel Assist with lane keeping system, Emergency Assist and Traffic Jam Assist.

The eHybrid gains some additional standard equipment such as a a head-up display, IQ light matrix lights and taillights, 16” eHybrid alloy wheels, advanced high-beam control, dynamic light assist, dynamic cornering lights, dynamic turn signals in front and rear, and a poor weather light.

Equipment highlights for the GTE

Like the predecessor, the Golf GTE will again be offered as an independent model and comes with a very high level of standard equipment including 17” ‘Richmond’ alloy wheels, GTE-specific body-coloured bumpers, 10” ‘Discover Pro’ radio system with a clear glass touchscreen and 8 speakers, and a head-up display. Volkswagen says acceleration is similar to the new Golf GTI (6.7 seconds to 100km/h), though CO2 emissions are just 36g/km.

The new Volkswagen Golf PHEV models join the Passat GTE in Volkswagen's hybrid range, with plug-in hybrid versions of the Arteon, Tiguan and Touareg soon to arrive in Ireland.

The Volkswagen Golf GTE now has 245 hp and acceleration like a GTI
The Volkswagen Golf GTE now has 245 hp and acceleration like a GTI

Volkswagen ID.3 arriving at Dublin Port

Volkswagen ID.3 Arrives In Ireland

Volkswagen ID.3 arriving at Dublin Port
Volkswagen ID.3 arriving at Dublin Port

The all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 is now on sale in Ireland, priced from €32,915 including VRT relief and Government grants.

Pre-bookers are now beginning to take delivery of the new models, however Volkswagen Ireland says there is still an opportunity for buyers to get into a limited-edition version of the ID.3 with 58 kW  battery and WLTP range of 410-424 km.

The ID.3 1st is available in three trim levels – the 1st, 1st Plus and 1st Max. For private buyers all are eligible for a VRT rebate of €5,000, plus an SEAI grant of €5,000.

Commercial buyers will get the VRT rebate alone so the starting price for business buyers after grants is €37,915.

The ‘entry-level’ ID.3 1st (from €32,915*) comes with 18” alloy wheels, Discover Pro Navigation system, 2-zone air conditioning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The ID.3 1st Plus (from €39,970*) adds ‘ArtVelours’ upholstery, 19” alloy wheels, Matrix LED lights and a rear view camera.

The ID.3 1st Max (from €46,610*) adds Ergo-Active Seats, 20” alloy wheels, fixed panoramic roof, augmented reality head-up display** and wireless smartphone charging.

All ID.3 1st models have the distinctive ID.Light – an LED strip in the cockpit that visually communicates with passengers.

All buyers of the 1st Edition models receive free access at public charging points for one year or a maximum of 2,000 kWh, whichever occurs soonest. This is accessible through the IONITY high-performance charging network, and all public charging points connected with the WeCharge service including the ESB ecars charging network.

At the IONITY charging points, six of which are in Ireland, ID.3 1st with a charging capacity of 100 kW can be charged from 5% to 80% in only 35 minutes.

Volkswagen says renewable energy for vehicle and battery production means that the ID.3 will be delivered to the customer with a carbon-neutral balance.

Under its electric offensive, the Volkswagen brand is planning to offer electric vehicles in all main vehicle segments by 2022.

*includes VRT of €5,000 and SEAI grant of €5,000 for private customers.

**At market launch, the distance feature in the head-up display will not yet have been activated. For applicable vehicles, a software update will be provided later.

 


The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan gets a new look!

Volkswagen Tiguan (2020) Expected In Ireland

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan gets a new look!
The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan gets a new look!

Volkswagen Ireland has confirmed that an updated Volkswagen Tiguan range will launch in Ireland before the end of 2020.

The Tiguan has been a huge success for Volkswagen in Ireland and now outsells the Volkswagen Golf hatchback. The new Tiguan will have updated styling and debut a new plug in hybrid (PHEV) variant when it goes on sale in November. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

The front end has been restyled with a new radiator grille, LED headlights and bumpers. At the rear, the Tiguan lettering is now in a prominent central position below the VW badge.

The first Tiguan models to arrive in Ireland will be powered by the 1.5 TSI turbo petrol engines and 2.0 TDI diesel with twin dosing.

This will be followed by a high performance Tiguan R in January 2021, the first time the Tiguan has worn the R badge. For the new Tiguan R model, Volkswagen R’s performance experts have developed a new all-wheel drive with selective wheel torque control. They claim that the so called “R-Performance Torque Vectoring” enables totally new SUV driving dynamics by distributing the drive power variably between the front and rear axles as well as the left and right rear wheels.

Inside the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan
Inside the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

In summer 2021, the Volkswagen Tiguan PHEV will arrive. The petrol electric plug in hybrid will use a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and 13kWh battery pack. Power output with be 242 hp and it will have an expected EV range of up to 50 km.

New technology features include Travel Assist offering assisted driving at speeds up to 210 km/h. The Tiguan also gets the most recent generation of Volkswagen infotainment systems (MIB3) to bring a completely new range of online-based services and functions on board. A new steering wheel features touch controls. Volkswagen has also digitalised the climate control functions with a touch slider and touch buttons. There is also a new 'IQ.LIGHT' LED matrix headlights for the Tiguan.

Volkswagen is having a busy year and has just launched the 8th generation of the Volkswagen Golf in Ireland. The new all electric ID.3 hatchback is expected in September, as is a new Arteon range. The updated Tiguan joins the T-Cross, T-Roc and Toureg in Volkswagen's SUV range.

The new Tiguan will be available with petrol and diesel engines, with a plug-in hybrid on the way in 2021
The new Tiguan will be available with petrol and diesel engines, with a plug-in hybrid on the way in 2021

The first examples of the Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September

Volkswagen ID.3 Price Ireland

The first examples of the Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September
The first examples of the Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September

The first examples of the new Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September.

Volkswagen ID.3 Price in Ireland

Pricing will start from €33,625 after Government grants and VRT relief for the 1st Edition models that are scheduled to arrive here for customer deliveries, with more models to be added to the range later.

The 1st Edition of the ID.3 comes with a 58 kWh battery, which is driven by an electric motor at the rear axle. It generates 150 kW and delivers a maximum torque of 310 Nm, enabling the ID.3 to accelerate to 60 km/h in 3.4 seconds with a single gear.

This battery also allows WLTP-expected ranges of 410km – 424km on a single charge, depending on the ID.3 1st model selected - 1st, the 1st Plus and the 1st Max.

Volkswagen will be offering these special edition models to pre-bookers who placed a €1,000 reservation fee over the last few months.

What's available for ID.3 in Ireland

The entry-level ID.3 1st costs €33,625 and includes a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, ‘Air Care Climatronic’ air conditioning system with 2-zone climate control, seat heating and steering wheel heating, armrest at the front, fast charging with 100 kW direct current (DC) or 11 kW alternating current (AC) and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard features include ‘Light Assist’, natural voice control and ‘ID.light’ in the interior. Volkswagen says the WLTP-rated range will be 424 km on a single charge.

The ID.3 1st Plus costs €40,595 and features a rear-view camera and keyless access locking and starting system. The vehicle interior of the ID.3 1st Plus also includes a centre console with two additional USB-C connections in the rear. Forming part of the exterior equipment are tinted windows, the exterior ‘Style’ package in silver, LED rear taillights with dynamic turn signal and 19-inch alloy wheels. It has a WLTP-expected range of 419km on a single charge.

The top-of-the-range version, the ID.3 1st Max costs €47,545. It has two additional loudspeakers, a large panorama roof as well as 20-inch wheels. There's also a ‘Travel Assist’ driver assistant including the ‘Side Assist’ lane change assistant and ‘Emergency Assist’ as well as the ‘Comfort’ telephony function with inductive charging. Electrically adjustable front seats with massage function round off the equipment for the ID.3 1st Max. It has a WLTP-expected range of 410km on a single charge. A promised augmented reality head-up display (AR) will be rolled out to customers as part of a dealer upgrade at a later date as well as other software updates.

Model DescriptionVRT BandBattery SizeRange km (WLTP)RRPRRP After SEAI Grant and Rebate
Private Buyers
ID.3 1st 204hpA158 kWh424€43,625€33,625
ID.3 1st Plus 204hpA158 kWh419€50,595€40,595
ID.3 1st Max 204hpA158 kWh410€57,545€47,545
Business / Commercial Buyers
ID.3 1st 204hpA158 kWh424€43,625€39,425
ID.3 1st Plus 204hpA158 kWh419€50,595€46,395
ID.3 1st Max 204hpA158 kWh410€57,545€53,345

The Volkswagen ID.3 is also being manufactured with a 45 kWh battery with an estimated range of 230 - 330 km, and a 77 kWh battery with estimated range of between 390 and 550 km.


The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland

Volkswagen Golf (2020) On Sale In Ireland

The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland
The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf is on sale in Ireland now, priced from €23,950. More than 35 million units of the Golf have been sold to date, and the car has been a best-seller in Ireland for generations.

Now in its eighth generation, there will be a range of petrol, diesel and hybrids available for new Golf, with more high performance versions on the way before the end of the year. Standard equipment has been improved across the range to ensure that even entry models give a modern digital experience to every driver.

What's new?

The styling of the new generation of the iconic German hatchback has evolved once again with a wider profile and sharper design lines. LED headlight technology is now standard across the range to give the Golf a distinct road presence in 2020. Every part of the body has been reshaped, and the result is a more aerodynamic Golf with the drag coefficient (Cd value) cut from 0.3 to 0.275, making it quieter and more efficient.

Inside there is a fully digital cockpit with intuitive touch controls, background lighting and an optional head-up display. The new instruments and online infotainment systems merge at the same level to form a digital cockpit. Touch buttons and touch sliders have been consistently digitised, so their functions are intuitive to use. Volkswagen says this makes the Golf the first model in its price segment to feature a completely digital, high-end cockpit as standard.

A new voice control responds to natural voice commands. Amazon’s Alexa assistant is directly integrated into the Golf. Drivers can ask Alexa to play music, control compatible smart home devices, or retrieve information such as news and weather. We Connect Plus brings streaming, internet radio and other online features on board.

Pricing and equipment for Volkswagen Golf 8

The new hatchback will be available in five trim lines in Ireland: Golf (from €23,950), Golf Comfort (from €26,695), Golf Life (from €27,750), Golf Style (from €30,750) and Golf R Line (from €31,050).

Standard equipment will include LED headlights, electric windows, digital instrument panel, 8.23" media system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, electric mirrors, air conditioning, Lane Assist, keyless go and 'Car 2X Technology' car-to-car wireless information transfer.

The Comfort model adds a leather wrapped steering wheel, 16" alloys, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors.

Life models add comfort support seats with lumbar support (front), auto dimming rear view mirror,surround lighting with welcome light, 10" "Discover Pro"  multimedia system, 10 colour ambient lighting, wireless charging, dynamic road sign display, natural voice control ('Hello Volkswagen') and automatic wipers.

The Style model adds front sports seats, 17" alloys,chrome trim, upgraded LED headlight design incl. poor weather light and static cornering light, 'Travel Assist' with lane keeping system, 30 colour ambient lighting, Emergency Assist and Traffic Jam Assist, tri zone climate control, rear view camera, keyless entry with mobile key and high beam control.

R Line models have exclusive R Line sports styling and trim elements, while equipment upgrades include aluminium pedals, sports suspension, progressive steering and driving profile select.

The interior of the new Golf
The interior of the new Golf

Engine options for new Golf in 2020

The new Volkswagen Golf 2020 model has been developed with petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains. Engine options include an entry level 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol with 90 hp or 110 hp and a 2.0-litre diesel with 115 hp or 150 hp. Diesels are available from €28,150. These new TDI engines feature twin dosing – dual AdBlue injection, to significantly cut nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx). Fuel consumption in the new TDI is up to 17% lower than in the equivalent predecessor.

There's also a 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol with 130 hp.

Mild hybrid technology debuts in the Golf for the first time in the form of the new 1.0 eTSI 110 hp MHEV with a DSG automatic gearbox. The start price for this model in Ireland will be €30,350, while there is also a 1.5 eTSI DSG MHEV with 130 and 150 hp.

Two plug-in hybrid versions will join the range at a later date. There will be a more efficiency focused output with 204 PS and a more performance-biased ‘GTE’ with 245 hp. A new 13 kWh lithium-ion battery gives an electric range up to 60 kilometres for these models.

High performance GTI and GTD models are also expected.

Anything else?

Elsewhere, Volkswagen will launch an all new electric car this summer in Ireland in the shape of the Volkswagen ID.3. We can expect to see a revamped Tiguan SUV range soon, with a new plug-in hybrid model to be added.

The Volkswagen Golf will enter the fray once again in the compact family hatchback segment where historically it has held an excellent position. New Golf is going upmarket once again, with more technology and digital features meaning that it's knocking on the door of the premium compact class against the likes of the Audi A3 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

We look forward to bringing you a full Irish road test later in the year.

The Golf will be available with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines
The Golf will be available with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines

Warranty extension on Volkswagen passenger cars as a result of COVID-19 pandemic

Volkswagen Ireland Announces Warranty Extension

Warranty extension on Volkswagen passenger cars as a result of COVID-19 pandemic
Warranty extension on Volkswagen passenger cars as a result of COVID-19 pandemic

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is extending the warranty period for new vehicles by three months. This applies to all vehicles produced in Europe or for the European market with a two-year new vehicle warranty or an extended warranty that expires between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020. The extension is valid for three months after the expiry of the original new vehicle or extended warranty.

Volkswagen Ireland has confirmed the extension will apply to Irish-registered Volkswagens whose warranty expires during the same time frame.

Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand responsible for Sales, Marketing and After-Sales:

“As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, numerous of our authorized workshops throughout the world remain closed. For many of our customers, it has therefore not been possible to make claims under their warranties in good time. We are pleased to be able to offer our customers an immediate, unbureaucratic solution with this three-month warranty prolongation.”

This measure represents a voluntary, one-off concession to help customers in the exceptional situation caused by covid-19. It applies throughout the world to all vehicles produced in Europe or for the European market.

Volkswagen prolongs worldwide new vehicle and extended warranty

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is present in more than 150 markets throughout the world and produces vehicles at over 50 locations in 14 countries. In 2019, Volkswagen delivered 6.3 million vehicles including bestselling models such as the Golf, Tiguan, and Passat.

In Ireland, the new generation of the Volkswagen Golf has just arrived. A facelifted Tiguan range is expected later in the year, while we can expect to see a plug-in hybrid version also of the popular SUV.

The big news this summer will be the arrival of the ID.3, which heralds a new generation of all electric vehicles on a new specially designed platform from the German brand.


The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland

Volkswagen Tiguan Powers On In 2020!

The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland
The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland

The Volkswagen Tiguan has become even more popular than the iconic Volkswagen Golf in Ireland. And it's not just Ireland where the Tiguan is making waves.  We've news just in that this global bestseller set another new record in spring 2020 by passing six million units produced.

To dig into the figures a little, Volkswagen says a total of 910,926 units of the mid-size SUV were manufactured in 2019 alone. This makes the Tiguan the bestselling car in the Volkswagen brand and Group. Another interesting fact is the Tiguan's versatility. It's available to buy in 80% of all countries on earth. Volkswagen produces the top-selling model in four time zones across three continents.

Volkswagen Tiguan in Ireland

Here in Ireland, the Tiguan was the 4th most popular model in Ireland in 2019, with 2.73 per cent market share. According to Volkswagen Ireland it made up 23.7 per cent of the brand's sales in Ireland. It was the first time the Golf hasn't been the brand's top seller for many years. It's a consistent top 10 bestseller in Ireland and is currently the third bestselling car in 2020! SUVs are the major growth area in the Irish market and the Tiguan is proving popular in its class.

At Changing Lanes, we reviewed the Tiguan soon after it launched in Ireland in 2016 and our most recent review is the Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI Comfortline.

Anything else?

The Tiguan complements Volkswagen's SUV range in Europe that includes the more compact T-Cross and T-Roc, the seven seater Tiguan Allspace and the Touraeg.

The Volkswagen Tiguan debuted for the first time in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as the SUV trend was just starting to take off. In 2008, Volkswagen manufactured more than 150,000 units of the Tiguan, which was available with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. A significantly updated version was unveiled in 2011. It was a resounding success and broke the 500,000 units per year barrier for the first time. The second generation of the Tiguan arrived in 2016 on a new platform. The Tiguan Allspace was later launched as a seven seat SUV spin off with a longer wheelbase.

We can expect to see a major update for the Volkswagen Tiguan later in 2020, with a source stating it will be technical and visual. One of the highlights will be a new Tiguan PHEV (plug-in hybrid) for Europe.

Volkswagen planning significant updates to the Tiguan in 2020
Volkswagen planning significant updates to the Tiguan in 2020

The Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf Price Cut

The Volkswagen e-Golf
The Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen Ireland has reduced the pricing of the Volkswagen e-Golf ahead of the arrival of the new ID.3 this summer.

The e-Golf is now available from €27,895 including Government grants and the Executive Edition model from €31,550. The e-Golf Executive Edition has a high specification including ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery, 17” Madrid alloy wheels, LED rear lights, keyless entry, rear view camera and Active Info Display.

“The e-Golf has all of the quality, ease of use and attractive design of the Golf, a car that has been synonymous with the family car segment, but with a fully electric drivetrain, with zero emissions and with a range of 231km, which is 14 times the average private car journey and more than 16 times the average Irish person’s commute to work,” said Volkswagen Ireland’s Head of Marketing Mark McGrath.

2019 saw an almost 180 percent increase in sales of electric vehicles in Ireland, making up almost 3 per cent of all sales, with this figure expected to rise in the coming months. Buyers can avail of a Government funded support scheme to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit, in addition to the VRT rebate of €5,000 and SEAI grant of €5,000 for electric vehicles.

Drivers of an electric car can also save up to 75 per cent of the costs of tolls on some toll roads which can amount to a saving of as much as €500 cite Volkswagen. There are additional benefits for businesses, such as 0 per cent Benefit in Kind (BIK) for electric vehicles.

For customers who wish to move to one of Volkswagen future ID. electric vehicles, Volkswagen are offering the option of a special 2-year PCP.

“By getting your new e-Golf with a PCP product, there is a Guaranteed Minimum Future Residual Value of the car, so there is the assurance that you can be in the latest state of the art electric vehicle, and upgrade to the newer model without incurring as much risk in terms of residual (resale) values as the minimum value of the car is guaranteed by us,” adds McGrath. “With the e-Golf offering such great quality at a price point equivalent to a petrol or diesel model and with the assurance and value that the PCP product brings, this is a great way for customers to start their electric car journey, in a very familiar product. Plus, we can see from the CSO figures that many drivers are likely to vastly overestimate how far they drive in their daily commute so the e-Golf’s WLTP range of 231km will be sufficient for most commuters’ needs.”