Volkswagen Tiguan SUV - Interior & comfort
The Volkswagen Tiguan has a modern and well built interior
That the new Tiguan’s interior shares much of its design with the latest Volkswagen Golf should come as no surprise. While the dashboard lacks any real design flair, interior quality is easily on par with the Audi Q3 (itself a benchmark in this class) and BMW X1, as well as being far better than a Nissan Qashqai.
Volkswagen Tiguan dashboard
There are some hard plastics lower down on the dashboard and door trims that could be scuffed by passengers’ feet, but it's a very slick and classy layout that should stand up to the test of time well. It is rather plain, however, particularly in the lesser trims, with much less appeal than the Peugeot 3008's interior.
The Tiguan’s infotainment screen is mounted high on the dashboard, which makes it easy to read, and the display and graphics were upgraded as part of the 2020 update. Screens measure up to 9.2 inches in size, and voice controls have also been improved. The climate controls have also been changed for touch-sensitive switches but some may feel the old dials were easier to use. The USB socket is located at the bottom of the centre console, which might prove tricky if you’re trying to connect something in the dark.
For the facelift, trim levels changed to match the Golf, with an entry-level version (now discontinued) followed by Life, Active, Elegance and R-Line. Standard equipment includes LED headlights and a new steering wheel, while Life brings 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, roof rails and climate control. Active gets unique badging and alloy wheels, ambient lighting, a powered tailgate and keyless entry. The Elegance and R-Line trims add Matrix LED headlights, digital instruments, a heated steering wheel and the top infotainment setup.
All Tiguan models come with airbags all round, ISOFIX child-seat fixings and lane-keeping assistance.
Higher Tiguan trims have an ‘Active Info Display’, which is crystal-clear and beautiful to look at. The system, which is similar to the Virtual Cockpit that first appeared in the Audi A4 and Audi TT, can display your current speed, navigation directions and a number of other things; it replaces the analogue speedometer, rev counter and other dashboard dials.
However, the new touch-sensitive climate control panel feels like a step backwards for usability because the smooth strip designed for you to slide with your finger is almost impossible to use while driving. It's a similar problem to the removal of physical shortcut buttons for the central screen; the touch sensitive ones leave you jabbing at the surface.
Another feature fitted to some models is a head-up display, which can beam the car’s speed and other information into your line of sight. Unlike some similar systems, which bounce the image off the windscreen itself, the Tiguan uses a slightly inelegant glass screen that rises from the top of the dashboard.
All Tiguans come with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard, complete with a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Higher-spec models feature a wi-fi hotspot and VW's Travel Assist semi-autonomous driving technology, which can follow traffic and keep the car in its lane on the motorway.