Volkswagen Tiguan Review

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Volkswagen has taken a literal step-up from its old Tiguan range. They’ve created a longer, wider model which elevates the driver. Even entry-level Match trims are great value, readied with all the technology and space you’d expect from a premium family SUV.

If you’re after class-leading practicality, there’s a seven-seat Tiguan Allspace Goliath which is 215mm longer and offers passengers 60mm more legroom.

In an SUV market where the likes of Hyundai, Nissan and Skoda dominate, how does the new Volkswagen Tiguan hold up? Read on for our full review of the tech, specs and more of all Tiguan trims.

“Unlike older models, there are now bold sculpted lines across the body, giving it a bolder, aggressive look.”

Cameron Hale, Moneyshake Car Reviewer


Space is a major advantage the Tiguan range holds on its competitors. And with a larger “Allspace” model available, Volkswagen claims you can have enough space for seven people in there. The more the merrier.

Passengers in the back benefit from a hefty amount of legroom and headspace in the Tiguan. Even three adults in the back is possible, despite a large ridge between both foot wells. There’s an option to increase the carrying capacity to five passengers in the back. The package fits two extra seats in the cargo area. But this costs extra.

There are additional features you can add to the car’s interior, all of which seem a bit unnecessary. A panoramic sunroof and a 230V socket in the boot with a luggage light are a couple of examples. Tinted glass windows for the back, too.

Infotainment and tech

The infotainment system for the Tiguan is displayed via an 8” touchscreen colour display, which features multi-device assist for the driver to be able to link a smartphone. The connection is through USB and not the more up-to-date Bluetooth option. DAB radio is included with all models, also.

The safety tech on the Tiguan is solid across the range. For starters you’ve got Front Assist with an emergency braking system. This scans the front of your car – warning you when you get too close, then applies the brakes to avoid a collision. Pretty neat considering it’s not always easy to judge distance ahead. The emergency braking applies at speeds under 18mph. If you don’t brake enough, the system boosts the pressure to prevent a collision.

Lane assist is another neat feature on all Tiguan models. When the car senses you’re being distracted, it steers you gently back between the lines. The system is active when you’re driving at 40mph or more. A built-in camera in the rear-view mirror takes care of the detection work.


Speaking of passenger comfort, the SE Nav comes fitted with rear passenger tray tables with accompanying cup holders. Both of which are strong and stable. If the cup holders don’t suffice, there are large door bins in the rear as well as the front.

Carrying less than three passengers? Those in the back can make good use out of the comfortable centre arm rest, which also has two cup holders. The centre seat can also be flattened from the back two seats to allow longer items loaded into the boot to enter the cabin space.

Up front in the Tiguan, storage space is premium. A fold-away storage slot for your phone to avoid distraction, a large glove box and accompanying door bins are standard.

What you’ll notice is a storage compartment on top of the dashboard. It may be a convenient place to store your phone, or those much-needed travel snacks.

The new Tiguan has a mega boot upgrade of 145 litres, with the total space now 615 litres with the seats up. With the seats folded down, you’re looking at 1,655 litres of storage. You’ll be glad to know that the seats in the back are versatile in their folding capabilities too. So, you can have passengers in the back and carry your desired luggage. No dramas.

On the road

The Match trim alone is sufficient enough, however, and drives exactly how you would expect from Volkswagen manufacturing.

Likened to a raised Golf, the Tiguan has great 18” alloys (17” in standard S model). They grip the road very well, and don’t leave you feeling a lot of roll around corners. This might be worth considering if you have passengers who are prone to feeling car sick.

This nippy SUV comes with a good variety of engine types, and the 2.0-litre turbo diesel will be the best choice for if you do a lot of miles. However, you’ll have to spend a bit extra on a mid-range S model to access it, as Match versions only come with a 1.5-litre petrol unit.

A 150bhp alternative is the most efficient of the bunch – according to Volkswagen. With a fuel economy of 58.9mpg. There’s also a four-wheel drive ‘4Motion’ option available on mid-range S models and range-topping SEL trims.

For the best performance, high-spec SEL versions have the most powerful engine in the lineup. It’s the same 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit as the S has, with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, but with 90bhp more. This cuts the 0-60 time by a whopping 3.2 seconds.

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