Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Tiguan estate?
The Tiguan is a large car but its extremities are, for the most part, easily visible, and some models even have a reversing camera option. Many examples have been used in city centres and supermarket car parks, so check for scuffs and dents on the bodywork. Also, check the alloy wheels for any kerb damage.
Airbag and seatbelt tensioners
A problem with the airbags and seatbelt tensioners on examples made between 1 May 2016 and 31 October 2016 could mean that they don't perform effectively in a collision, increasing the risk of injury to occupants. Check with your dealer to find out if this recall applies to your car because all the faulty parts will need to be replaced.
A potentially defective tow bar locking mechanism on Tiguans built between 11 May 2016 and 5 November 2018 will need to be replaced in order for people to tow safely.
A small number of examples made between 19 and 23 January 2018 could have been fitted with front brake discs that aren't of the correct thickness. This may lead to the disc cracking and potentially fracturing under extreme loads. If yours is among the affected cars, a Volkswagen dealer will replace its front discs free of charge.
The thickness of the walls of the fuel tank in a small number of Tiguans manufactured between 10-11 October 2019 could be thinner than they should be. Speak to your local Volkswagen dealer for further information because affected cars will require the tank to be replaced.
Dealer supplied wheels
Any dealer supplied wheels manufactured between 13 September and 22 October 2019 will need to be replaced because they're not compatible with the Tiguan. If you happen to have ordered a spare set of wheels (for a set of winter tyres, perhaps), then it might be worth contacting your dealer for further information.
Passenger airbag (Allspace)
A problem with how the front passenger airbag was folded during its manufacture could lead to potential problems when it is deployed in a collision. This recall affects Tiguans made from 14 March to 18 May 2018 and requires that a new passenger airbag is fitted, so contact your local VW dealer to find out if your car is affected by this.
Front seat backrest adjuster
The adjustment mechanism might not have been welded correctly to the seat frames of a small batch of Tiguamns made between 26 and 29 June 2020, and if your car is affected, it'll need to have the backrests replaced at your local VW dealer.