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Used Volkswagen Tiguan 2016-present review

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Used Volkswagen Tiguan 2016-present review
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What's the used Volkswagen Tiguan estate like?

One of the biggest complaints made of this second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan when it arrived in 2016 and replaced the incredibly popular first-generation 2008-2016 Volkswagen Tiguan was its price. Because it had expanded in size to increase interior space and had been deliberately pushed upmarket to challenge the likes of the BMW X1, its cost increased noticeably.

Now, with a few years under its belt, the Tiguan makes for a healthy used proposition, and buyers now have the chance to benefit from all that added refinement without having to pay a large sum of money for it. And there are plenty to choose from: this is one of VW's best-selling cars, after all.

The petrols begin with a 123bhp 1.4-litre TSI, which is the most affordable engine of the lot but can struggle a bit on inclines. The 148bhp 1.4 TSI is better but still lacks the low-rev pulling power of the diesels. Both 1.4-litre engines were replaced by the 1.5 TSI Evo in 2018, offering two power outputs: 128bhp and 148bhp. The 178bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine feels quick but lacks the in-gear flexibility of the diesels. This was replaced by an updated 187bhp version and a 227bhp version that was added to the range in 2019.

Post-2019 models slimmed the range to the 1.5 TSI engine in 130 and 150 versions, and the 2.0 TDI diesel in 150 and 200 versions. There's also an eHybrid which combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. In electric mode, the top speed is 81mph and the battery provides an official range of 31 miles with enough acceleration to keep pace in traffic. When the petrol engine joins in, it brings near-hot hatch performance when you want it (0-62mph takes just 7.5 seconds).

The trim levels initially started with S, which gives you air conditioning, 17in alloy wheels, electric windows and an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system. SE adds tri-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control, while SE Nav adds sat-nav. SEL trim gives you a digital instrument display, LED headlights and 19in wheels, while range-topping R-Line versions gain sportier styling tweaks, 20in wheels and stiffer sports suspension.

SE and SE Nav were combined as part of model revisions in 2019 to become Match. This new trim level gets 19in alloys, a rear-view camera, keyless entry and a parking assistance feature. R-Line Tech became the new top model and added an electric tailgate and a surround-view camera system.

The interior doesn't excite, but its solid build quality, soft-touch plastics and good-looking materials will please any owner. The driving position is excellent and visibility is good, too.

There’s plenty of space up front and rear passengers get lots of leg and head room, with three-abreast seating fine even for adults. It’s flexible, too, with split-folding, sliding and reclining rear seats, and the boot is large even by class standards. The seven-seat Allspace has two third-row seats that are fine for shorter adults but only for very short journeys.

Safety and security kit are also top-notch, with automatic emergency braking standard on all models and a five-star Euro NCAP score.

If you're interested in finding a used Tiguan, or any of the other SUVs mentioned here, head over to the Used Car Buying pages to find lots of cars listed for sale at a great price.

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