The Tiguan may seem reasonably priced when you look at the entry-level model, but the price increases significantly when you factor in the 2.0-litre diesel engine and SE trim level.
More positively, it should hold its value well, and running costs are low on the two-wheel-drive models, especially those with a diesel engine. Don’t overlook the frugal 1.4-litre TSI petrol, however – particularly if your annual mileage is quite low.
Automatic versions are, typically, slightly dirtier and less economical, yet , but command a hefty premium. Volkswagen offers a three-year/30,000-mile fixed-price servicing scheme, which should help with budgeting.
Entry-level S variants get the basics, including air-con, 17in alloys, four electric windows and a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and a DAB radio.
We’d recommend opting for the higher specification SE, though; this trim level brings three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control. SE Nav is our favourite because this adds sat-nav.
To this, SEL adds a fully configurable digital instrument cluster, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, different 19in wheels, and a panoramic sunroof. Range-topping R-Line versions gain 20in wheels and stiffer sports suspension, as well as a host of minor interior and trim upgrades for a sportier, more distinctive look.
The previous-generation Tiguan was awarded five stars in the 2014 JD Power customer satisfaction survey, clear evidence that it was a reliable and well-regarded vehicle. At the time of the survey, fewer faults were reported with Tiguans than with the likes of the Skoda Yeti, Kia Sportage and Audi Q3. Unfortunately, there's no data on this latest model – it's simply too new.
A conventional three-year/60,000-mile warranty is standard but there are two extended warranties available, covering up to four years/75,000 miles and five years/90,000 miles. These aren't not overly expensive, so may well be worth investing in if you’re planning to keep your Tiguan for a while.
Volkswagen Tiguan safety & security
Impressively, automatic emergency braking is standard on every Tiguan – it can slow or even stop the car if it senses a collision is imminent at low speeds. The Tiguan’s high seating position and permanent four-wheel drive (on some models) will appeal to many buyers, too.
Euro NCAP awarded the Tiguan five stars (out of five) for safety. A more in depth look at the results shows the Tiguan is better at keeping adults our of harm than either a BMW X1 or a Seat Ateca, although the X1 is the safer choice for child occupants and pedestrians.
Meanwhile, security experts Thatcham awarded the Tiguan impressive marks for resisting being stolen or broken into.
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This entry-level trim still brings a reasonable amount of standard equipment, including air-conditioning, alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a DAB radio. You also get plenty of safety kit; lane departure warning and, impressively, automatic emergency braking are both standard.
This is one of our favourite trims because it offers a good balance between equipment and affordability. You get bigger wheels, three-zone climate control, parking sensors, cruise control and better seats with adjustable lumber support as standard. There’s also more exterior chrome for a more upmarket look.
Our pick SE Nav
As the name suggests, this is effectively SE spec with sat-nav and some online features bundled in. The system is easy to use and should help make your Tiguan easier to sell on in the future. For a small premium over SE, it’s well worth going for.
This trim gains a few luxuries over SE, such as digital instrument dials, adaptive cruise control, even bigger alloys, a panoramic sunroof and some piano black trim. It’s plush but rather pricey, so we'd recommend sticking with cheaper SE trim.
This is the top-rung Tiguan which adds a sporty flavour to the exterior and interior. Over and above SEL, you get 20in alloys, R-Line specific body styling, heated front seats, aluminium look dash inserts and sports suspension. Although the looks may appeal, you pay an awful lot for them.