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How to spec a Volkswagen Tiguan

Our guide covers what specification to go for on Volkswagen's small SUV, as well as the options to buy and how much you should pay for it all

Words By Darren Moss

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Volkswagen Tiguan

If you're in the market for a small SUV with a posh badge, then you've got plenty of options to choose from. And, while the Volkswagen Tiguan once pitched itself against mainstream competition such as the Nissan Qashqai, these days it's aimed at upmarket SUVs including the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

Our full review of the Tiguan can tell you how successful it's been at moving upmarket, as well as what it's like to drive and live with, but here we'll take you through what each specification of Tiguan gets you in terms of equipment, and also whether it's worth spending money on any options.

Which Volkswagen Tiguan specification should I choose?

There are five specifications of Tiguan to choose from, with each level getting more equipment and slight changes to exterior styling. Below, we've listed the highlights of what each specification gets you.

Volkswagen Tiguan S specification

  • 17in alloy wheels
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and CD player
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Cloth seats
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric windows (front and rear)
  • Automatic wipers

Volkswagen Tiguan SE specification (in addition to S models)

  • 18in alloy wheels
  • Manual front seat lumbar support
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Heated, folding door mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Driver fatigue monitor
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink connectivity

Volkswagen Tiguan SE Navigation specification (in addition to SE models)

  • Satellite navigation
  • Real-time journey data including traffic and fuel pricing via Volkswagen's Car-Net 'Guide and inform'

Volkswagen Tiguan SEL specification (in addition to SE Navigation models)

  • 19in alloy wheels
  • Dynamic chassis control (lets you choose between three different suspension settings)
  • Dynamic indicator lights
  • Front heated sports seats
  • 12.3in virtual instrument cluster
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • LED headlights

Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line specification (in addition to SEL models)

  • 20in alloy wheels
  • Sports suspension
  • R-Line body kit, including new front and rear bumpers, wheel arch extensions and side skirts
  • Stainless steel pedals and aluminum-look inserts around the dashboard
  • 'Race' cloth seats with R-Line badging

Which specification should I go for on the Volkswagen Tiguan?

For our money, we think that SE Navigation offers the best blend of equipment and value for money. You get everything you're going to want, including satellite navigation, as well as luxuries including three-zone climate control and parking sensors. The more upmarket specifications do bring you more equipment, but beyond SE Navigation they also start to look pricey.

Volkswagen Tiguan options

Options we'd recommend

Head-up displays are becoming increasingly popular on premium cars, as they project the most vital information (usually speed and sat-nav directions) directly into your line of sight, thus keeping your eyes on the road. Volkswagen's system works very well, and it's reasonably priced too. Available on SE models and above.

Options to consider

There are three things we'd look at if you want to splash out on your Tiguan, and first up is Volkswagen's Active Info Display. This replaces the car's conventional dials with a customisable 12.3in digital screen, which operates in much the same way as Audi's Virtual Cockpit. It places a wealth of information directly in front of you, again helping to minimise distractions. It's available on SE models and above.

If you plan on covering a lot of motorway miles, then adaptive cruise control is also worth looking at, and it's reasonably priced.

Parking can be a big issue if you live in the city, and while visibility in the Tiguan is pretty good, Volkswagen's setup gets you a 360-degree view around the car and even a self-parking system to help. It's pricey on the entry-level S models, but drops significantly if you opt for it on SE versions and above.

Options to avoid

As is so often the case, bigger alloy wheels cause the Tiguan to feel unsettled at speed, so while 19in and even 20in alloys are available, we'd steer well clear in favour of smaller wheels.

Volkswagen Tiguan price

At the time of writing, our recommended 2.0 TDI BMT 150 SE Navigation Tiguan with a six-speed manual gearbox costs Β£28,865, and by adding the optional head-up display for Β£500 we take the total price to Β£29,365.

Model: Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI BMT 150 SE Navigation manual

OTR Price: Β£28,865

Target Price: Β£26,584

Options: Β£500

Target Price + options: Β£27,084

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How to haggle on a Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan is a popular choice among small SUV buyers, and while the most basic version commands a tempting price tag, the numbers jump up significantly once you factor in our recommended 2.0-litre diesel engine and SE Navigation specification. The good news, though, is that running costs are low as long as you stick with two-wheel drive.

PCP rates for the Tiguan are also competitive, and you should aim to secure our recommended car on a three-year deal for around Β£311 per month. Just remember that a mid-range Seat Ateca will be cheaper still.

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