Volkswagen Tiguan review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £25,305What Car? Target Price from£23,841
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Volkswagen Tiguan costs more than an equivalent Seat Ateca or Skoda Karoq, but less than similarly well equipped BMW X1 or Volvo XC40. It’s a similar story with PCP deals, although Volkswagen often has low interest rates or deposit contributions to make the monthly cost a little easier to swallow. Have a look at our New Car Buying pages to see the latest offers.

If you're buying outright it's particularly important to get a good discount, because depreciation is likely to be heavier than in premium-badged alternatives. And while the Tiguan compares well to the XC40 and Evoque when it comes to fuel economy and CO2 emissions, it can't match the Peugeot 3008.

The eHybrid model is the one to go for if you're looking for the cheapest company car tax bills.

Use our True MPG calculator and see what your car really does to the gallon

Equipment, options and extras

There’s a simple four-tier range, kicking off with the entry-level 'Tiguan'. This gets 17in wheels, manual air-conditioning and a few other essentials, although we’d recommend upgrading to Life. On top of the kit we mentioned earlier like sat-nav and parking sensors, Life gets you 18in wheels, adaptive cruise control and climate control with separate zones for each front passenger and those in the rear. The price jump isn’t too steep, either.

Elegance is worth considering if you like a few extra luxuries; the wheels grow to 19in plus you get a heated steering wheel, powered tailgate, keyless entry and panoramic sunroof. It rather pricey, though, so if you've got this much cash to splash, we'd look a the Volvo XC40.

R-Line trades a few of the Elegance’s luxuries for sportier styling and big 20in wheels plus it's even more expensive, so it's objectively hard to recommend. Finally, there’s the flagship Tiguan R sports SUV at the top of the tree.

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Reliability

The Tiguan came mid-table of the Family SUV category in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, above the Peugeot 3008 and Range Rover Evoque but below the Volvo XC40 and Skoda Karoq. Meanwhile, Volkswagen as a whole finished a disappointing 20th (out of 31 brands) in the overall manufacturer league table.

Volkswagen's standard warranty runs for three years or 60,000 miles, although this can be extended if you're prepared to pay extra.

Safety and security

The Tiguan scored five stars (out of five) for safety when it was tested by Euro NCAP, with no major concerns identified. However, that was back in 2016 and the test has become far more stringent in the years since. It's hard to compare the Tiguan's result with newer models, but cars like the Volvo XC40 are likely to protect you and your family even better in an accident.

All versions of the Tiguan come with automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, while upgrading to Life trim adds traffic sign recognition and a system that monitors driver fatigue. If you want blindspot monitoring or rear cross traffic alert, you'll either need to pay extra or go for Elegance or R-Line trim.

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Overview

The Volkswagen Tiguan offers generous space for its occupants and a big boot. It's far more than just a big box on wheels, though; its fine driving manners make it a great car to own. The closely related Skoda Karoq is better value for money, though, while the Volvo XC40 has a more upmarket interior.

  • Good to drive
  • Great seating flexibility
  • Roomier than many rivals
  • Higher trims get pricey
  • CO2 emissions could be lower
  • Fiddly air-con controls

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