Volkswagen Tiguan review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Introduction

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  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 interior infotainment
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  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 driver display
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 interior cabin
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 boot open
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 rear right tracking
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 right tracking
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 front right tracking
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 front static
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 right static
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 rear left static
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 rear light detail
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 front detail
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 charging socket
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 driver display
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 interior cabin
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2022 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

The Volkswagen Tiguan family SUV is the German brand's best-selling model worldwide, and it's a popular car here in Britain too.

It's not hard to grasp why – the Tiguan combines family-friendly practicality with a relatively upmarket image. Crucially, it's also cheaper than premium-badged alternatives including the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40 (especially if you get a good discount, which isn't too difficult). 

Once you've decided what you want under the bonnet, Volkswagen gives you five trims to choose from. There's entry-level Tiguan, generously equipped Life, lifestyle-based Active, luxurious Elegance and sporty-looking R Line.

The Tiguan is designed more for the road than challenging terrain, but VW’s 4Motion four-wheel drive system is available with certain engines, and there are adjustable drive modes to help you tackle trickier conditions.

So is this latest, second generation Volkswagen Tiguan a great buy or would you be better off with one of the many alternatives in the family SUV category?

Over the next few pages of this review, we'll tell you how it compares with its rivals for performance, interior quality, running costs and more, and also reveal our favourite engine and trim combination. And if you're interested in the super-sized version, which is longer and has two more seats, we also have a full VW Tiguan Allspace review.

The easiest way to get a great price is by searching for the make and model you want to buy on our free What Car? New Car Deals service. You don't have to do any haggling, and it features lots of the best new family SUV deals.

FAQs

  • It’s about average: in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, the Tiguan placed near the middle of the family SUVs table. Read more here

  • Yes – there’s a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Tiguan, called the eHybrid. It's the best choice for company car drivers because of tax benefits compared with other versions. There’s no fully electric Tiguan, though. Read more here

  • Our chosen version of the Tiguan for most buyers is the entry-level 1.5 TSI 150 petrol engine with the cheapest trim, called Life. Company car users are likely to be better off with the eHybrid version, which is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Read more here

  • The Tiguan in R-Line trim is slightly more expensive than Elegance, and is sportier, with larger 20in alloy wheels and more dynamic styling. Elegance is all about comfort and tech, and includes matrix LED headlights, a powered tailgate and a rear-view camera system. Read more here

  • When it was tested by Euro NCAP, the Tiguan scored the full five stars for safety. That was back in 2016, though, and the testing has become far more stringent since then so comparing it with rival models is difficult. Read more here

  • The Tiguan’s boot is very impressive by the standards of the family SUV class, with up to 615 litres of space, and the lip at the entrance is very small, making loading larger items easier. Read more here

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £2,321
Target Price from £28,119
Save up to £2,321
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RRP price range £29,550 - £48,540
Number of trims (see all)4
Number of engines (see all)8
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)diesel, petrol, hybrid
MPG range across all versions 148.7 - 54.3
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £871 / £3,483
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £1,742 / £6,966
Available colours