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Volkswagen Tiguan review

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Volkswagen Tiguan
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9 Aug 2016 09:11 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:44

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Volkswagen Tiguan estate front space

This may be a small SUV, but there’s plenty of room up front for even the tallest of drivers. There’s loads of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel, and you’ll also find plenty of room for all of your odds and ends.

The front door bins will each hold a pretty big bottle of drink, there’s a centre armrest with storage, and a cooled glovebox should stop chocolatey treats from melting.

SE models and above get handy drawers under the driver’s and front passenger seats – perfect for hiding valuables if you need to leave them in the car. Add in a few handy cubbyholes and you have a very versatile interior.

Volkswagen Tiguan estate rear space

If you try to squeeze three adults into the back of the Tiguan, the person in the middle is likely to feel a bit pinched, but leg room will only be an issue for the tallest of individuals.

If you’re only carrying a couple of rear passengers, there’s a central armrest with a pair of cupholders to help comfort further. If you really want to push the boat out, heated rear seats are available, while many models get three-zone climate control to allow those in the back to choose their ideal temperature independently of those in the front.

Isofix child seat fittings are standard for the outer rear seats should you plan on carrying small children. Kids may also appreciate the folding tables you get as standard on the backs of the front seats on SE models and above. These have a groove to hold tablets up, as well as a cupholder.

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Volkswagen Tiguan estate seating flexibility

Volkswagen has clearly worked hard to make sure the Tiguan scores well for flexibility. As standard, the front seats feature manual height adjustment, although you have to go for SE spec and above to get adjustable lumbar support thrown in. There is also the option of more adjustable ‘ergoComfort’ front seats – these are standard on SEL models.

All versions of the Tiguan come with 40/20/40 split-folding, sliding and reclining rear seats. On SE versions and above, the front passenger seat folds down, too, further improving the Tiguan's load-carrying capability. All of the rear seats fold down almost flat, making carrying longer items easier.

Volkswagen Tiguan estate boot space

The Tiguan has a seriously big boot by class standards. You'll fit more in it than you would in the boot of a BMW X1 or Nissan Qashqai, for instance, and there's only a tiny load lip to get luggage over. The large tailgate and wide opening also make loading easy.

The boot is a nice square shape and comes with net partitions and a height-adjustable floor on all but the cheapest versions. There are plenty more convenience features on the options list – this really is a very practical car.

Slide the rear seats as far back as they go and boot space shrinks accordingly. Push them forward (it’s an easy operation) and you increase the available space substantially, although this will make life a bit uncomfortable for rear passengers.


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There are 5 trims available for the Tiguan estate. Click to see details.See all versions
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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, s...View trim
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This is the top-rung Tiguan that adds a sporty flavour to the exterior and interior. Over and above SEL, you get 20in alloys, R-line-specific bodystyling, heated front seats, aluminium-look dash in...View trim
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