- Fun to drive
- High-class interior
- Impeccable safety record
- Ride is a little stiff
- No real eco-friendly option
- Not the cheapest to run
Classy compact SUV with exceptional interior
Volkswagen’s first foray into the compact SUV market has been a huge success. Since the first generation was introduced in 2007, the Tiguan has become a firm family favourite. Possessing everything that we’ve come to know and love of Volkswagen, the Tiguan offers class and quality to a market that is sometimes lacking.
The new second generation Tiguan, released in 2016, comes with a redesign of the exterior, as well as new and improved engine options.
Upmarket quality, fantastic practicality
One area where the Tiguan really shines is its interior. Compared to a lot of rivals, the quality on show here is on another level. It’s well-designed, well put together, and there’s plenty of useable space. Standard kit is also decent. There’s enough here to tempt most buyers.
When you step into the Tiguan, there’s a sense of real luxury, especially when you compare it to rivals such as the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai. It’s not the most futuristic of designs, but it is incredibly well constructed. The plastics used throughout are of a high-quality, soft-touch finish, giving the cabin a solid, contemporary feel. Switches are of a similar quality, and are well damped and simple to use.
Space wise, the Tiguan also impresses. There’s oodles of space in the cabin itself, enough for four full-sized adults to sit comfortably. Boot space is similarly ample, with more than enough room for a couple of suitcases, even with the rear seats up. It’s one of the squarest boots we’ve seen as well, making awkward items fit in without any trouble. Optional extras include a dog guard, which is perfect if you enjoy taking the dog for a spin.
Spec levels in the Tiguan are pretty decent, even in the most basic of trims. Entry-level S trim comes with air-con, electric windows, DAB radio, aux input, and alloy wheels as standard. The next step up to Match trim will add in sat-nav, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and USB connectivity. That’s some serious kit, and it’s all quality.
The interior of the Tiguan is sure to attract family buyers who want luxury in their family steed. There’s plenty of practical space, a high-quality finish, and decent levels of spec that will keep your car looking good, and your family entertained.
Fun to drive, if a little firm
The Volkswagen Tiguan is surprisingly fun to drive for a compact SUV. Ride quality isn’t up there with the best in class, but it’s a pretty good all-round package.
For family buyers who still want to have fun driving through country roads, the Tiguan is a great option. There’s plenty of grip in both 2-wheel drive, and 4-wheel drive modes, and steering is precise and responsive. For a car in this class, it really doesn’t feel anywhere near as dull as a lot of its closest rivals.
Suspension and Chassis
One area that you could perhaps criticise the Tiguan, is in its ride quality. The suspension fitted is oddly quite stiff, which whilst aiding driving experience, can lead to a ride that other cars in its class better. Nevertheless, it deals with all but the worst bumps in the road reasonably well, and there’s barely any body roll through corners. It also handles motorways with ease. So whilst it’s not the most comfortable car in its class, it’s not going to become an annoyance either.
In terms of gearbox options, there are two options in the range. The majority of cars come with a six-speed manual transmission that is both slick and precise. There’s also a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic for those who don’t like changing gear, though it can be a little choppy at times, especially at slower speeds.
Good range of engine options on offer
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Tiguan, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. The diesel engines in the range are definitely the pick of the bunch, offering decent emissions and fuel efficiency. There’s no bona fide eco-friendly option however, which may annoy some.
Most buyers of family cars aren’t going to be too worried about supercar levels of performance. There is however a good engine option in the range that offers enough bite to match the excellent handling- the 2.0 TDI Bluemotion 184. It’s not the punchiest engine in the world, but it still packs 184bhp, that’ll get you from 0-62mph in just over eight seconds. That’s enough to put a smile on your face powering through country roads.
For the environmentally friendly buyer, there’s no stand-out option here. The most eco-friendly is the diesel-powered 2.0 TDI Bluemotion 150, which emits 130g/km of C02. It’s not an engine that’s going to have Greenpeace patting you on the back, but it’s not particularly harmful either.
If saving money is where your interests lie, the best value model in the range is the 2.0 TDI Bluemotion 110. This emits the same amount of C02 as its more powerful brother, and produces up to 56.5mpg, as well as being cheaper to buy in the first place. These are pretty impressive figures that are sure to save most families quite a fair bit of cash.
All of the engines in the Tiguan range have enough power to get you through day-to-day activities, as well as on motorway drives. There’s no real eco-friendly option however, and for some buyers this may prove to be a deal-breaker.
Exceptional safety record, fantastic standard equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the Tiguan easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating, scoring 87% in adult safety, 79% for child safety, and 48% in pedestrian safety. There’s also a tonne of kit that comes as standard. Even on the most basic models you’re going to get six airbags, and an auto-hold parking brake amongst many other safety features. The added height of the car is sure to also be attractive to a lot of families.
Decent without being spectacular
The Volkswagen Tiguan offers buyers acceptable running costs. They’re certainly not best-in-class, but it’s not going to cost too much to run on a day-to-day basis. Most models come with reasonable C02 emissions, meaning that tax won’t be too expensive, and fuel efficiency is in line with other manufacturers. You’re not going to be running to book an extra holiday every year, but you’re not going to be losing out either.
Insurance wise, the Tiguan is pretty similar to most of its rivals. The cheapest model in the range is the 2.0 TDI S, which finds itself in group 15, ranging up to group 25 for the range-topping 2.0 TDi BlueMotion Tech R Line. Again, it’s not spectacularly cheap, but it’s pretty solid.
Depreciation after the first couple of years, is actually very positive for the Volkswagen Tiguan. Family buyers understand the importance in purchasing a good solid car that will last, therefore the Tiguan seems to hold its value. Like most cars though, the first couple of years can see rapid depreciation from list price, and what with the Tiguan being so well built, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is a great compact SUV that’s sure to attract a lot of family buyers. It possesses a quality that’s not often found in this class, so if it’s solidity that you’re looking for, the Tiguan is a fantastic option. There’s a high quality interior, it’s fun to drive, and with an impeccable safety record, it’s sure to keep you and your family safe and sound.
Buying a used Volkswagen Tiguan online with Carspring
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st year depreciation cost of 40%.