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 Passat and 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.
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.
Trim levels were simplified for 2019 to choose from include: S, Match, SEL and R-Line Tech. The entry-level S model comes with air-conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, automatic lights and wipers and lane-keeping assistance.
Over the S trim, Match brings attractive 19-inch five-spoke 'Victoria' alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, privacy class, sat nav, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, keyless entry and a host of driving aids.
SEL brings an extra level of luxury, technology and convenience, boasting bright LED headlights with automatic high beam and dynamic lighting assistance, tinted windows, more chrome trim, piano-black interior trim, sat nav, climate control, a panoramic sunroof, heated seats, ambient lighting, adaptive cruise control and a 12.3-inch TFT display in place of instrument dials.
Choosing the R-Line or SE L model is the only way you can order the most powerful engines. The R-Line Tech trim sits at the top of the range and is the sportiest Tiguan you can get. It has the generous kit list of the SEL, but adds a sporty bodykit with deeper front and rear bumpers, black exterior trim and 20-inch alloy wheels.
For the facelift, trim levels changed again to include an entry-level version, Life, Elegance and R-Line. Standard equipment includes LED headlights and a new steering wheel, while Life brings 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, roof rails and climate control. 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.
The Tiguan's infotainment screen is equally clever. It can ‘see’ your hand approaching and change the display to bring up menu options that are otherwise hidden when it's not being used. Choose this feature and you even get a display that shows how much steering lock you have on, which is useful in snowy conditions and will help with placing the car if you ever venture off-road with it.
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 and Bluetooth connectivity. Higher-spec models feature a wi-fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as providing full integration for apps like Spotify and WhatsApp. If you specify Volkswagen’s optional Car-Net feature, you can even use your mobile phone to turn on the air-conditioning remotely – a useful feature on hot summer days.