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Volkswagen Tiguan Review


  • Spacious and practical
  • Lots of customization options
  • Refined cabin
  • Wide choice of engines


Volkswagen Tiguan - Overview


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Volkswagen Tiguan SE Nav 2.0 TDI 150 manual

The Tiguan is Volkswagen’s medium-sized SUV, which was among the earlier entrants to what is now a hugely popular segment. As is usually the case with VW’s cars, it has a wide choice of engines, so there’s something for everyone, while the latest version is bigger than its forebears and very refined. Most Tiguans are unlikely to venture off-road but four-wheel drive versions, badged 4Motion, are available, should you need them.


What is the Volkswagen Tiguan like to drive?

If there’s one thing the Tiguan really has going for it, it’s refinement; the latest VW Tiguan is particularly adept in this area, as very little noise gets into the cabin. 

That’s complemented by the ride, which is incredibly smooth and gets even better when you specify the Dynamic Chassis Control, which allows the driver to toggle the suspension settings depending on the type of driving experience they want.

A smooth ride and refinement often come at the expense of sharper handling, but the VW strikes a great balance between the two. There’s  lots of feedback through the steering wheel and it’s an agile car, given its proportions. The sporty R-Line version tightens things up even more, with its lower suspension and engaging drive.

The breadth of available engines and transmissions means company car drivers can’t fail to find something that meets their needs, whether that be a frugal TDI diesel, a lower capacity TSI petrol or higher performance versions of each.


What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.4 TSI 125hp, 137-139g/km CO2 (28% BIK), 46.3-47.1mpg
  • 1.4 TSI 150hp, 130-163g/km CO2 (27-33% BIK), 39.8-49.6mpg
  • 2.0 TSI 4Motion 180hp, 170g/km CO2 (35% BIK), 38.2mpg


Diesel engines:

  • 2.0 TDI 115hp, 123g/km CO2 (28% BIK), 60.1mpg
  • 2.0 TDI 150hp, 123-149g/km CO2 (28-33% BIK), 49.6-60.1mpg
  • 2.0 TDI 190hp 4Motion, 149g/km CO2 (33% BIK), 49.6mpg
  • 2.0 TDI 240hp 4Motion, 167g/km CO2 (37% BIK), 44.1mpg



  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic
  • 7-speed automatic



Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.


Volkswagen Tiguan trim levels explained

The Tiguan is very well equipped and comes in S, SE, SE Nav, SEL and R-Line guises. Key items of standard equipment are:



  • 17” alloys
  • Roof rails
  • DAB radio
  • 8” touch screen infotainment system
  • Aircon
  • Automatic wipers


SE (in addition to S)

  • 18” alloys
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Car-net App-Connect phone system
  • Triple zone climate control
  • High beam assist


SE Nav (in addition to SE)

  • Sat nav


SEL (in addition to SE Nav)

  • 19” alloys
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated front seats


R-Line (in addition to SEL)

  • 20” alloys
  • Upgraded LED headlights
  • R-Line body kit and interior styling features


How to spec the Volkswagen Tiguan

It’s often the case that mid-level SE trim is the sweet spot in the range, and it’s the same for the Tiguan, because it adds useful equipment such as cruise control and parking sensors. However, if your choice list stretches, then the SE Nav model adds Volkswagen’s Discover sat nav system, which is well worth the extra outlay.

The best all-round engine option is the 150hp 2.0-litre TDI diesel, as the front-wheel drive manual version has the lowest CO2 and the best fuel economy of the range, along with a little more power than the entry-level 115hp diesel.

Volkswagen Tiguan Interior – what’s it like?

Smart and superbly built interiors have long been one of Volkswagen’s strong points and the Tiguan’s cabin is swish and sturdy enough to give more upmarket rivals a run for their money. The current VW Tiguan is also much larger than its predecessor, so there’s heaps of space inside, regardless of whether you’re sitting in the front or in the back. The boot is a hefty 615 litres with the rear seats in place, which puts the VW well toward the top of its class for cargo capacity. Fold them flat and you end up with a huge 1,655 litres.


Volkswagen Tiguan Alternatives

Rivals include the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga, Renault Kadjar, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, SEAT Ateca, Skoda Yeti, Peugeot 3008 and the Suzuki Vitara.



The Tiguan is incredibly spacious, well built and has an engine and trim to suit every company driver. It’s both versatile and appealing, , while VW’s vast range of engines and trims leave a lot of room to tailor it for cost and specification, too.


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