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heycar review

      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
heycar editorial team

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heycar editorial team

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heycar rating
“Classy alternative to a Qashqai”

Best bits

  • Superb interior with plenty of space
  • Strong engine line-up with low running costs
  • Easy and comfortable to drive

Not so great

  • More expensive than the very similar SEAT Ateca and Skoda Karoq
  • Won’t turn any heads
  • No hybrid option (yet)

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Overall Verdict

"Remember a time when the default option for family car buyers was a Volkswagen Golf? It ticked all the boxes: a classy image, spacious image and a feeling of quality that you wouldn’t find in a Vauxhall Astra or Ford Focus."

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Of course, everyone now wants a crossover SUV. And it makes sense. They provide more space, a higher seating position (which makes you feel socially superior as well as giving you a better view of the road ahead) and won’t cost a great deal more to run. Popular choices include the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Peugeot 3008. And this, the Volkswagen Tiguan.


Just like the Golf, the Volkswagen Tiguan is slightly pricier than its mainstream contemporaries. But you get what you pay for - with generous equipment levels and a feeling of indestructibleness which is missing from the Qashqai. It also looks pretty smart, too, almost putting it in the same league as an Audi Q3 on the school run but with a less brash image.


The interior is superb, with lots of premium materials which are pleasingly squishy if you poke them. It feels just as classy as its exterior looks, while all models come with an eight-inch infotainment system as standard. This is easy to operate and has crispy clear graphics, but you should look for a Tiguan with the bigger 9.2-inch display for the ultimate in fancy infotainment. It’s not a popular option, but that’s because it costs an extra £1500 when new.


It’s just as spacious as you’d expect from a family SUV, with plenty of space in the back for a pair of adults. Kids will love the high seating position and big windows, while the rear bench slides back and forth so you can prioritise where you need space the most. There’s a big boot, too, and if you need more space Volkswagen sells the bigger Tiguan Allspace model.


While we’d like to see hybrid engines on offer (a plug-in hybrid Tiguan GTE is on its way), Volkswagen offers a range of petrol and diesel engines that’ll cater for most needs. The entry-level engines are the ones to go for, really - either the 1.5-litre petrol or 2.0-litre diesel (both offered with 150PS), although there are more powerful versions available if you’d like a bit more get up and go. There’s even a 240PS 2.0-litre diesel, which is the equivalent of the Skoda Kodiaq vRS without the naff body kit.


All Tiguan models are well equipped, but that’s no great surprise considering how much they cost when new. We’d probably avoid the Tiguan S unless you’re on a strict budget, but Match models and above will have pretty much everything you could possibly wish for.


So, what hasn’t the Volkswagen Tiguan got going for it? Well, the main thing is the price. It’s quite expensive when new, but you can counter that to an extent by looking for a used example. Otherwise, the SEAT Ateca is more fun to drive and the Peugeot 3008 has a more eye-catching interior, but the Tiguan is an excellent all-rounder.


Is the Volkswagen Tiguan right for you?

If you’re looking for a practical family SUV that’ll make you feel good about yourself, the Volkswagen Tiguan is an excellent choice. Arguably, the closely-related SEAT Ateca and Skoda Karoq do pretty much the same job for less money, but we like the Tiguan’s interior and think it looks sharper, too. There’s an engine to suit most buyers, and most models are pretty comprehensibly equipped.


What's the best Volkswagen Tiguan model/engine to choose?

We know the world’s gone a bit anti-diesel lately, but a Tiguan 2.0 TDI really is an excellent all-rounder. Most buyers won’t need any more power than the standard 150PS model, although we’d recommend the DSG automatic gearbox (even if it is slightly pricier). Go on, treat yourself. Of course, if you rarely drive your Tiguan further than the school run, you’d be better with a petrol model. The 2.0-litres are thirsty and a bit pointless, so go for a 1.4 or 1.5 TSI.


All trim levels are well-equipped and the Tiguan Match will have most things that most buyers desire, without an expensive price tag. Fork out more for one of the top-spec R-Line Tech models and the Tiguan becomes a little more difficult to justify, as it suddenly starts squaring up against some very good premium alternatives.


What other cars are similar to the Volkswagen Tiguan?

If you’re considering the Volkswagen Tiguan, you’d be foolish not to consider very similar Volkswagen Group alternatives like the SEAT Ateca and Skoda Karoq, as well as the more expensive Audi Q3 or Q5. We also rate the Peugeot 3008 very highly, and you could even compare the Tiguan to premium alternatives like the BMW X3, Land Rover Discovery Sport or Volvo XC60. More affordable options include the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Renault Kadjar.


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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Volkswagen Tiguan a good car?

If you’re looking for a practical family SUV that’ll make you feel good about yourself, the Volkswagen Tiguan is an excellent choice.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Which is the best Volkswagen Tiguan model?

Tiguan Match will have most things that most buyers desire, without an expensive price tag. Fork out more for one of the top-spec R-Line Tech models and the Tiguan becomes a little more difficult to justify, as it suddenly starts squaring up against some very good premium alternatives.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

Is a Volkswagen Tiguan good in snow?

Certain models have all-wheel drive, which is good in snow. But now all, so make sure you check.

David Ross

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David Ross