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Volkswagen Tiguan SUV (2007-2016) - MPG, running costs & CO2

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

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The Volkswagen Tiguan isn't the cheapest car in the class to run, but it does have an excellent image that bolsters its resale price on the used-car market. Insurance costs are a little more than you’d pay for a Nissan Qashqai, but lower than for a BMW X1. Like all Volkswagens, the Tiguan has a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is typical for the industry. Servicing is only slightly dearer than for a Ford or Nissan.

Volkswagen Tiguan MPG & CO2

Compared with the lean and green Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5, the Volkswagen Tiguan’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures are only average. The most economical versions are the two-wheel-drive 2.0-litre TDI 110 and 150 BlueMotion diesels. They return 56.5mpg and emit 130g/km of CO2 for an annual road tax bill of £110. If you want a little more power, the 2.0-litre TDI 150 BlueMotion is the one to choose.

If you want a little more power, the 2.0-litre TDI 150 BlueMotion is the one to choose, although it’s more expensive to buy, and has been dropped as this generation of Tiguan exits the sales market. The 2.0-litre TDI 184 is the workhorse in the range and is only available with four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. Even so, it achieves a still pretty reasonable 49.6mpg and has CO2 emissions of 150g/km, for £145 road tax.

Insurance group

The cheapest Tiguan to insure is the 2.0-litre TDI 110, which is in group 14. The most expensive is the 2.0-litre TDI 184 4Motion R-Line 4MOTION, which is in group 23. In comparison, the Audi Q3 spans groups 18 to 25 and the BMW X1 falls into groups 22 to 26.

Warranty

The VW Tiguan comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. The first two years are provided by the manufacturer and have no mileage limitation. The third year is a so-called ‘retailer’ warranty, which expires once the car has exceeded 60,000 miles. The seven-year/100,000-mile warranty available with the Kia Sportage looks very generous in comparison.

Servicing

Volkswagen offers two service schedules according to whether you’re a low or average-mileage driver. For the latter group, the Flexible Service allows the car to cover from 10,000 to 18,000 miles over two years (depending on your driving style) before it needs to be serviced. This should help to keep servicing costs down and more in line with mainstream competitors such as Ford and Nissan.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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