Volkswagen Tiguan review : A superbly built and practical SUV


  • Spacious interior
  • Large range of options
  • Handles neatly


  • Not as frugal as rivals
  • A little dull inside and out
  • Firm ride

The VW Tiguan is a little old now, but it still has one of the nicest interiors in a class that includes the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Skoda Yeti. You can save an average of £3,180 if you buy your Tiguan via carwow.

An all-new Tiguan is due out in 2016, and it promises to be more fuel efficient and include more up-to-date infotainment technology than this version. The current version is still worth considering, however – it’s a good SUV.

In this current version, buyers can choose from the basic 2.0-litre diesel right up to the top-of-the-range 2.0-litre petrol, which is quick but not cheap to run. Even the most frugal model is some way off the Nissan Qashqai when it comes to fuel economy, however. The option to specify four-wheel drive makes the Tiguan a great tow car or all-weather companion for country living.

Inside, the cabin is airy and spacious, and has the top-notch quality you expect from a VW product. The boot is a good size, and thanks to a flat load area and no boot lip, large items such as suitcases (or even chests of drawers) should slide easily into the back.

Equipment is pretty good across the range, too. Standard kit includes alloy wheels and air conditioning, but it is worth paying extra for the Match model. It comes as standard with park assist (which automatically parallel parks the car), climate control and sat-nav.

Our colour guide can help you choose the shade of Tiguan that’s right for you and our Volkswagen Tiguan dimensions guide will make sure it can fit in your garage.

Cheapest to buy: 2.0-litre TDI S diesel

Cheapest to run: 2.0-litre TDI S 2WD diesel

Fastest model: 2.0-litre TDI R-LINE 4Motion DSG diesel

Most popular model: 2.0-litre TDI Bluemotion Tech Match diesel

Volkswagen Tiguan passenger space

The Tiguan offers a generous amount of space for five passengers, with headroom within a couple of centimeters of the Skoda Yetiand the (slightly larger) Ford Kuga. Front and rear legroom is also on a par with the best in the class.

Volkswagen Tiguan boot space and storage

At 470-litres, boot space is generous. That’s 40-litres more than you’ll find in the back of a Nissan Qashqai, and just edges both the Yeti and the Kuga, too. That load volume can be tweaked slightly because the rear bench seat is set on runners, so it can slide back and forth to benefit either rear legroom or boot space. Fold the seats away completely and up to 1,510 litres is on offer. The boot floor is nice and level, though a high boot opening makes loading bulky items in the back more of a chore.


Although most people won’t take their Tiguan off-road, the option to specify four-wheel drive means the VW has excellent grip on slippery roads and is a good option if you ever need to tow a caravan or trailer.

Power is transmitted to the wheels via either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmissions depending on model.

Volkswagen Tiguan petrol engines

There’s not a lot to be gained by opting for the 2.0 TSI Tiguan. It’s certainly brisk – a 7.8 second 0-62mph time is one of the best in the class, but you only get fuel economy of 33.6mpg and tax will cost £265 a year.

As a result the 1.4-litre TSI 160 BlueMotion is a more attractive option – it returns fuel economy of 42.2mpg and produces CO2 emissions of 156g/km for an annual tax bill of £180. It’s not as quick as the top-of-the-range model, but has plenty of power for motorway cruising and A-road overtakes.

Volkswagen Tiguan diesel engines

The 110 2.0-litre diesel Tiguan is the cheapest model to run thanks to fuel economy of 53mpg and CO2 emissions of 138g/km that mean you only pay £130 to tax the car every year. Despite offering more power, the 2.0-litre diesel 140 has exactly the same running costs, making it tempting if you think you’ll need the extra performance.

The 2.0-litre 177 is the most powerful diesel in the range. It comes as standard with four-wheel drive for excellent grip no matter the road conditions, but can still achieve fuel economy of 48.7mpg and costs a still affordable £180 to tax a year.


It lacks some of the very latest technologies such as emergency braking, but that’s to be expected from an older design.

Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

R-Line models offer the sportiest looks thanks to their body kit, 18-inch alloys and powerful xenon headlights.

Volkswagen Tiguan Escape

Escape models have been built specifically with off-roading in mind and have under-body protection, hill-decent control and a raised front bumper that means it can climb steeper inclines than other Tiguans,

Read our Volkswagen Tiguan options guide to see what optional extras are available, which are worth splashing out on and which to avoid.


The Tiguan is a respected choice in the SUV market but won’t set your world alight. Its review scores reflect a car that does everything fairly well yet isn’t outstanding in any one area.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the typical family hatchback though and are drawn in by the VW badge, the Tiguan remains a safe bet.


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