Volkswagen Tiguan 2019 RHD infotainment

Volkswagen Tiguan review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

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 Match trim level and above. It is, though, considerably less expensive than the BMW X1.

Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are competitive with the rest of the class, and official figures are better than the equivalent engines in the X1 – the Tiguan’s entry-level petrol returns 42.2mpg to the X1’s 40.9mpg; the two cars emit 128g/km and 132g/km of CO2 respectively. 

Another positive is that the Tiguan should hold its value well, and running costs are low on two-wheel-drive models, especially those with a diesel engine. Don’t overlook the 1.4-litre TSI petrols, however, particularly if your annual mileage is quite low. Automatic versions are, typically, slightly dirtier and less economical, yet command a hefty premium. 

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Equipment, options and extras

Entry-level S variants get the basics, including air-con, 17in alloy wheels, roof rails and that touchscreen infotainment system.

We’d recommend opting for the higher-specification Match, though. This trim level brings 19in alloy wheels, three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control, plus the sat-nav package.

To this, SEL adds a fully configurable digital instrument cluster, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, 19in wheels and a panoramic sunroof. Range-topping R-Line Tech 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.

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Volkswagen Tiguan 2019 RHD infotainment

Reliability

Volkswagen finished 17th out of 31 manufacturers in our 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey. The Tiguan itself finished mid-table in the family SUV category, which is disappointing.

A conventional three-year/60,000-mile warranty is standard, which is on a par with that offered by Audi, SEAT and Skoda. There’s also a  three-year paintwork warranty and a 12-year body protection warranty. Volkswagen Roadside Assistance included on all trim levels.

Safety and security

Automatic emergency braking is standard on Match trim and above and a well priced option on entry-level S – it can slow or even stop the car if it senses a collision is imminent at low speeds. The high seating position and permanent four-wheel drive (on some models) will appeal to many buyers, too, while other safety additions include adaptive cruise control and a driver fatigue warning system.

Euro NCAP awarded the Tiguan five out of five stars for safety. A more in-depth look at the results shows the Tiguan is rated higher for keeping adults out of harm than either the BMW X1 or Seat Ateca.

Meanwhile, security experts Thatcham Research awarded the Tiguan impressive marks and the full five stars for resisting being stolen or broken into.

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Verdict

The Tiguan is a strong competitor in the family SUV class with great handling and a long equipment list. Other premium rivals like the BMW X1 are just slightly better finished, though.

  • Handles well despite its size
  • Plenty of seating flexibility
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Higher trims get pricey
  • CO2 emissions could be lower
  • Automatic gearbox is laggy

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