The VAG group, including Volkswagen, Audi, and Skoda have a strong footing in Australia. It sells cars in all price brackets, from affordable everyday and fleet cars to high-end luxury and performance vehicles. In the SUV and ute market, VW is undoubtedly the best European carmaker, both in terms of sales figures and revenue. One of the best-selling cars here is the Tiguan.
With its introduction in October 2007, Volkswagen caught a slice of the mid-size SUV segment, going against popular Japanese brands. It included small but peppy turbo engines, both in petrol and diesel guises, enough tech to attract younger buyers, and space and storage for families. Reasonable pricing meant decent numbers. The second-gen facelifted model appeared in 2015 and is awaiting a refresh.
VW was among the first car groups to utilise cross-brand compatibility. Shared platforms and engines mean you’ll find parts and accessories that fit across all makes and models in the group. If you shop around you’ll also find quality aftermarket VW Tiguan accessories and parts at discounted prices.
How to Outfit your VW Tiguan
As with all older vehicles, there are a range of accessories parts that enhance performance, style and vehicle protection. In the interior, outdated tech is cheaply upgraded and storage maximised with simple but functional solutions.
The small 1.4 and 1.8-litre TSI and 2-litre turbo diesels in the Tiguan produce moderate horsepower, with the focus on low-end torque. Turbos here cut down displacement, consumption and emissions. If you want more oomph, and a little less turbo lag, a throttle controller will give you a user-adjustable throttle response. This makes the turbo kick in at lower revs, especially good for the diesels. You get better acceleration times. If you’re towing, a throttle controller can ease up the throttle to give you safety in tight corners or in wet weather. The engines are also highly tunable, with changed ECU mapping or tuning chips. If you want a natural way to add horsepower go for an aftermarket exhaust. Since all models are equipped with a turbo, a turbo-back exhaust is what to look for. You’ll also get a deeper exhaust note.
To keep your SUV in the best condition, both inside and out, cheap and simple items can save you from unwanted weather damage, scraping of bodywork, or scratches and discolouring on the inside. To avoid cracks in the paint from the hot Aussie sun, a cheap car cover can save you heaps and keep things clean. For the inside, look for cargo liners if you’re moving around pets or liquids, and floor mats in you often drive on dirt roads. A set of cheap polyester seat covers will be good to reduce wear and heat if you’ve opted for leather seats. You can also protect the dash linings from cracks, dents, or accidental spills with a dash mat.
For the exterior, go for a set of tinted weather shields that fit in the roof linings and provide shade and fresh air with the windows down. To reduce picking up debris on loose surfaces a bonnet protector can shield radiators and the windscreen.
Thieves won be an issue with an aftermarket alarm, or a small GPS tracker.
Of course, you’ll want your car looking its best. Aftermarket VW Tiguan accessories can add a little flare. For a firmer ride and better-looking wheels, get a set of larger alloys in the design you like. This is a good alternative to steel rims in cars in base trim levels and offers a little higher driving position. You can also choose to go for grippier tyres, with lower profiles and more bite. The bodywork can be dressed up with kits that include rear spoilers, mesh or billet grilles, colour-coded door rails and more. If you want secure footing when entering or leaving your Tiguan, a pair of aluminium side steps adds both style and functionality.
People buy SUVs for the space on offer inside. More head, shoulder and knee room means more comfort for larger passengers and families. If you can’t fit all your luggage in the boot, you can add roof racks to the fitted flush rails, or choose a luggage box. You’ll be able to carry all sorts of things, from bikes to ladders. Aftermarket options here abound, and are much cheaper than OEM brands. For organising groceries and shopping, simple cargo hooks and nets come in handy. They’ll also diminish the risk of things moving around, so no unpleasant noises or damage to the boot and seats. If you need more space for the fiddly things, get seat bags and nets to store kids toys, maps or phones. When heading out for longer trips, get a portable fridge and fridge box to keep drinks and snacks cool.
Buying VW Tiguan Accessories
If you’re getting the second-gen VW new, considering the discounts at EOFY sales and in anticipation of the newer car, you can also haggle for some included extras. Go for the most expensive accessories like coated aluminium racks or higher-end alloys. This will leave you cash for smaller goodies, or at least a full tank of fuel. For older cars, there are heaps of cheap parts and accessories that you can get online or at discount automotive stores. Shop around to get the best deals.