How to spec a Volkswagen Tiguan

Our guide to Volkswagen's family SUV covers which options to choose, which to avoid and how much to pay for it all...

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The Volkswagen Tiguan treads a fine line in the family SUV market.

It's cheap enough to be considered alongside mass market rivals such as the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq, to which it is closely related, but can also be seen as a cheaper alternative to premium options such as the BMW X1 or class-leading Volvo XC40. It impresses, too, being good to drive and roomier than most other cars in this class.

Our full 16-point VW Tiguan review can tell you more about what the car is like to drive and to live with, but here we're focussing on which options you should choose from Volkswagen's lengthy selection. You'll be off to a fine start if you team our recommended 1.5-litre 150 petrol engine with Life trim, because that has all the basics, coming with 18in alloy wheels, three-zone climate control and front and rear parking sensors, as standard. Read on, though, for our other recommendations.