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Volkswagen Tiguan review - Practicality & boot space

“The latest Volkswagen Tiguan has grown in size, making it one of the most practical cars in its class”

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4.5 out of 5

The latest Volkswagen Tiguan is larger than before in every direction, so it feels bigger inside and gets a larger boot as a result. Tall adults should feel pretty comfortable in the rear seats, and the cabin generally feels very airy. There’s generous rear legroom and headroom, and a neat rear armrest means two passengers in the back can use its two cupholders. If there’s a middle passenger the middle of the bench is a bit less comfortable and there’s a small hump in the floor.

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You also get a set of 40/20/40 split folding rear seats as standard in the Tiguan, which are similar to the optional Varioflex items found in the Skoda Karoq. These can be slid and reclined individually to alter passenger and boot space to suit your preference.

Size comparison

Model 

Length

Width

Height

Volkswagen Tiguan

4,539mm

1,842mm

1,660mm

Nissan Qashqai

4,425mm

1,835mm

1,625mm

Peugeot 3008

4,542mm

1,895mm

1,641mm

Hyundai Tucson

4,500mm

1,865mm

1,650mm

Does the Volkswagen Tiguan have a big boot?

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s boot is now 37 litres larger than that of the previous model, offering up to 652 litres with the seats up. That’s larger than almost all rivals including the Skoda Karoq and Kia Sportage, or even larger models like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Kuga and Renault Austral. The rear seats fold completely flat, freeing up a very usable space for larger items, and the lack of a load lip makes placing heavy items into the Tiguan very easy.

Boot space comparison

Model 

Boot space

Volkswagen Tiguan

652 litres

Ford Kuga

645 litres

Renault Austral

555 litres

Toyota RAV4

580 litres

Is the Volkswagen Tiguan a good tow car?

The 1.5-litre petrol with 128bhp is capable of towing a trailer with a weight of up to 1,600kg, while the 148bhp version can manage up to 1,800kg. Unsurprisingly, the 2.0-litre diesel is even more capable in this respect, and can haul up to 2,000kg, making it the ideal choice if you want to use your Tiguan to tow anything.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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