Even entry-level S models have an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity for up to two devices at once, a DAB radio, and USB and SD card sockets. Opt for SE Navigation or above, and (surprise, surprise) this is upgraded to include sat-nav with 3D mapping and traffic information. An even higher specfication sat-nav system is available as an option, featuring Google Earth, a DVD player and a 64GB hard drive.
SE models and above receive VW’s Car-Net system as standard, which allows you to connect a smartphone via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay or Mirrorlink. This in turn enables you to access certain features on your smartphone via the Tiguan’s infotainment system, including sat-nav. For cost conscious buyers, it's a cheap way to get navigation on S and SE models.
The touchscreen interface is easy to use and, in the main, quick to respond. However, pressing the icon you want while driving takes some concentration, whereas the rotary dial interfaces in the rivals BMW X1 and Audi Q3 are less distracting.