Used Volkswagen Tiguan 2016-present review

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Section: Ownership cost

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Ownership cost

What used Volkswagen Tiguan estate will I get for my budget?

Shop around and you can find this generation of Tiguan for as little as £11,000 now. This will buy you an early car with high mileage for the year and a full service history, bought from an independent dealer. Up the budget to £15,000 and you’ll find 2017 and 2018 cars with lower mileages on the forecourts of franchised Volkswagen dealers, with your choice of engines (although most Tiguans are diesels) and some four-wheel drive examples, too. Increase your budget to at least £19,000 to £22,000 if you want to buy a 2019 or early 2020 car. 

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How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Tiguan estate?

MPG

Whether petrol or diesel powered, the Tiguan is fairly economical in comparison with its rivals. The top-performing petrol engine, the 148bhp 1.4 TSI in S trim, returns 48.7mpg under the older NEDC fuel consumption tests, and the best diesel, the 113bhp 2.0 TDI in S trim, achieved 60.1mpg under the same rules. Under the more modern and realistic WLTP regime, the 128bhp 1.5 engine manages 44.8mpg and the 148bhp 1.5 engine 40.4mpg, while the 148bhp 2.0 TDI in S trim is the best performer, with 50.4mpg. 

CO2 emissions

Of the engines available before the taxation change in April 2017, the 148bhp 1.4 TSI has the lowest official Co2 emissions of the petrol range, at 130g/km. The 178bhp 2.0 TSI when lumbered with four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox is the worst, at 170g/km.

The diesels are far better in terms of CO2 output, with just 123g/km produced by the 113bhp and 148bhp 2.0-litre engines. Adding four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox increases emissions to 147g/km, while the twin-turbocharged 237bhp version emits the most greenhouse gas, at 167g/km.

Road tax

Any Tiguan registered after 1 April 2017 will pay the latest flat-rate of annual road tax (VED), with an additional surcharge for any example that cost more than £40,000 when new. Those cars registered before this date will pay varying rates linked to their CO2 emissions. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.

Insurance

Insurance groups are low, on the whole, ranging from 11 for the base petrol and diesel models up to 27 for the powerful 2.0 Biturbo TDI 240 model.

Servicing

Servicing costs shouldn’t be too exorbitant, and older examples over three years of age can take advantage of fixed-price maintenance that currently runs at £179 for a minor service and £349 for a major one.

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