The Tiguan seems reasonably priced in entry-level form, but it’s expensive for the 2.0-litre diesel SE that most will want. Still, it’ll hold its value well and running costs are particularly low on the two-wheel-drive models, especially those with a diesel engine, which are great for company car users. Don’t overlook the frugal 1.4-litre TSI petrol, however, particularly if your annual mileage is quite low. VW offers a three-year/30,000-mile fixed-price servicing scheme.
Volkswagen Tiguan quality & reliability
The Tiguan doesn’t have the most exciting cabin, but there are plenty of soft-touch plastics, and the controls work with a reassuring precision. Look closer, however, and there’s a surprising amount of hard, scratchy plastic and less impressive fit and finish. It isn’t bad at all, but you’d expect better. The previous generation Tiguan was awarded five stars in the 2014 JD Power Survey, although unfortunately the latest model is too new to be rated. A three-year/60,000-mile warranty is standard.
Volkswagen Tiguan safety & security
Stability control, emergency brake assist and seven airbags are standard, as is autonomous emergency braking - a system that can bring the car to a stop if it senses a collision is imminent. An auto-hold parking brake further improves safety, while the 4Motion version’s hill-descent assist makes off-road driving easier. Euro NCAP awarded the Tiguan five stars. Deadlocks and an alarm are fitted to guard against theft.