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Volkswagen Tiguan SUV - Practicality & boot space

This Volkswagen Tiguan has more space than the old car, both for passengers and luggage

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4.2 out of 5

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Practicality & boot space Rating

4.0 out of 5

The new VW Tiguan is more practical than its predecessor. There’s more interior space than before, thanks to this car being both longer and wider than the old one. Rear-seat passengers enjoy more knee and headroom and the back seats can slide back and forth by up to 170mm, allowing you to increase passenger room or boot space as required.

Volkswagen Tiguan interior space & storage

There’s a decent amount of storage up front: each of the door pockets will hold 1.5-litre bottles, while a storage box in the centre console is large enough for a couple of one-litre bottles. There’s also a flock-lined cubby on top of the dash for sunglasses and a rubber-lined area at the base of the centre console.

Boot space

Outright boot space has grown by 145 litres to 615 litres, although this figure is with the rear seats pushed forwards. A variable-height floor is also available which makes it possible to store a laptop out of sight and make things slightly more flexible.

Even so, that’s still a bigger boot than you get in the Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5. The rear seats fold in three pieces, allowing up to 1,655 litres of room. With the rear seats all the way back, the Tiguan’s boot still measures 520 litres, which is pretty good.

That shrinks to 476 litres in the plug-in hybrid, which still beats any Ford Kuga. It’s a smaller size because the hybrid batteries sit under the boot floor.

The boot is easily accessed thanks to a low loading lip and it has a practical, square shape. There are also a few tie-down points to secure smaller items.

Towing

The Tiguan is capable of towing up to 2,500kg, depending on which engine and gearbox you choose. As an optional extra you can specify the Trailer Assist package, which uses the door mirror adjustment joystick to control reverse steering.

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