Volkswagen Tiguan SUV

Price  £21,960 - £31,280

Volkswagen Tiguan SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Smart image
  • Roomy and classy interior
  • Quiet and refined engine range
  • Dull looks
  • Only average fuel economy
  • Limited off-road ability

At a glance

“The Volkswagen Tiguan is a little old now, but it’s still a very desirable model in the increasingly crowded SUV class thanks to a wide range, economical engines and a comfortable ride.”

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact SUV that goes up against models such as the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage. It's a cut above them in image and perceived build quality, so the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 can be considered rivals, too. With its short overhangs, additional underbody protection and four-wheel drive, the Tiguan Escape version takes aim at the Land Rover Freelander, although it can’t match that car's off-road ability.

The Tiguan is a little old now, but it's still a desirable model in the increasingly crowded SUV class thanks to a wide range, economical engines and a comfortable ride. Its strong image, high-quality feel and strong resale prospects favour private buyers. Company car drivers can choose more tax-efficient SUVs, but few have the Tiguan's classy image.

With its boxy, high-riding design and portly 1,650kg kerb weight, the Tiguan is only reasonably economical. Buyers can choose between three petrol and three diesel engines, the latter providing the best blend of performance and economy. Volkswagen's BlueMotion economy and emissions technology, which includes a stop-start system and special low-resistance tyres, is available on the 1.4-litre petrol and all diesel versions.

Even so, the most economical Tiguan (the 2.0-litre TDI 110 diesel) can manage only 53.3mpg, compared to the 74.3mpg of the Nissan Qashqai 1.5-litre dCi and the 61.4mpg of the more powerful Mazda CX-5 2.2-litre diesel.

Regardless of engine or trim level, the Tiguan is available with two or four-wheel drive. Volkswagen calls the latter 4MOTION. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed automatic, too.

Specification levels are S, Match and R-Line. Diesel versions also come in Escape trim. Standard equipment includes a DAB digital radio, air-conditioning and electronic stability control. Match spec brings plusher upholstery, a touchscreen sat nav and parking assistance. For its good balance of standard equipment, fuel economy, engine power and value for money, we recommend the 2.0-litre TDI 140 Match 2WD BlueMotion.


MPG, running costs & CO2

3.6 / 5

You would need to be a low to average-mileage driver for a petrol-powered Tiguan to make financial sense

Engines, drive & performance

3.4 / 5

For its price, power and economy, the two-wheel-drive Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0-litre TDI 140 is the best-balanced model in the range

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

The trim and fittings in the Volkswagen Tiguan feel expensive and look to be more than capable of withstanding years of family wear and tear

Practicality & boot space

3.6 / 5

Rivals may look more inviting, but few can match the Volkswagen Tiguan’s practicality

Reliability & safety

3.6 / 5

The VW Tiguan looks and feels well built, but owners marked it down in the 2014 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey

What the others say

3.7 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
“It's easy to see why it's a favourite with buyers, as it combines the usability of the Golf with desirable SUV features.”
3 / 5
“The VW Tiguan is good to drive, but it's not as cheap as some rivals, while off-road ability is limited.”
4 / 5
“There are now many very strong contenders to the Tiguan that are both cheaper to buy and of equally high quality and driving ability.”
What owners say 
4.3 /5 based on 102 reviews
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
27 Nov 2014

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