Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

As we mentioned earlier, the Tiguan R is priced between smaller sports SUV rivals that include Volkswagen's own T-Roc R, and more ‘premium’ alternatives such as the Audi SQ5 and Porsche Macan.

The official average fuel economy of 28.3mpg is closer to what you get from the entry-level Macan than the  smaller and lighter T-Roc R, though, and some way behind the diesel SQ5's figure of 34.0mpg.


The Volkswagen Tiguan R blends the impressive practicality of the regular Tiguan with the kind of bombastic performance and impressive point to point pace that we’ve come to love from Volkswagen’s ‘R’ models. Just bear in mind that there are rival sports SUVs that offer more entertaining handling.

  • Composed yet comfortable
  • Impressive all-weather traction
  • Spacious interior
  • Porsche Macan is more fun
  • Audi SQ5 is plusher inside
  • Fiddly climate controls