Volkswagen Tiguan (2008 – 2016) Review

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Volkswagen Tiguan (2008 – 2016) At A Glance

3/5

+Decent SUV with diesel automatic option. Comfortable seats. Escape version capable off-road. Optional Park Assist works well. Much better from September 2011 facelift.

-Originally had hard ride. 2.0 TDI PD no longer the best. Fuel economy not brilliant.

Insurance Groups are between 14–25
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

Oh, no, not another 4x4. Are the roads really that bad? What next: an Audi Hiawatha? By my count, the VW Tiguan numbers the 63rd SUV on the UK market. Should you be even remotely interested?

Well, first there's the badge. VW reliability might not be as legendary as it was. But that Beastie Boy medallion still cuts some sway in snobby Surrey suburbs.

Then there's the back seats. Slightly higher than the fronts, Freelander style, giving kids in the back a view forwards, and making them less likely to chuck up down your neck. These seats are also supremely comfortable, centre rear is fine for adults as well as kids and legroom is generous.

VW Tiguan 2008 Road Test 

VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI SE 2011 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Tiguan (2008 – 2016)

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Average performance

84%

Real MPG

24–58 mpg

MPGs submitted

572

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What's the best small SUV with an automatic transmission?
"I'm looking to change my current car after the winter for a small SUV. I have back and left knee ligament trouble so an auto box is preferable. I'd be looking at something like a Vauxhall Mokka, Peugeot 2008, Ford Ecosport/Kuga or Volkswagen Tiguan. Budget is £7000."
A Volkswagen Tiguan could be a good option although, unless you cover a lot of miles, we'd recommend a petrol and you'd be looking at an older 2.0-litre TSI 4Motion with your budget. These are rare and could be expensive to run. How about a Suzuki Vitara? They're a bit smaller than a Tiguan and not as plush inside, but they're very reliable. We'd recommend a Toyota RAV4, too.
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EGR valve has clogged up on my seven-year-old Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI Diesel
"I need to replace the EGR valve on my seven-year-old Volkswagen Tiguan diesel, at a cost of £1200 because it is coked-up. My car was subject to the emissions scandal and was modified by Volkswagen to comply with the regulations. I wonder whether this modification could have resulted in fewer particulates being emitted which were then re-circulated in the engine leading to a premature coking-up of the valve? I have taken this up with VW Customer Services, but they said they could not help me. "
Under it's 'Restoring Trust' warranty, VAG guaranteed to put right any 'consequential' issues that could have resulted from the NOx emissions fix for up to 2 years from the fix or up to a total of 160,000 miles whichever came first. Because simply reducing NOx creates more soot that would have clogged the EGR, the fix involved reprogramming the injectors to undertake an additional cycle which could create additional wear. Basically, if a Volkswagen dealer had to replace your EGR, then is should have been covered for up to 2 years from the fix. A few cases are now starting to emerge of EGR/injector failures outside the 2 year limit.
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I bought a car that wasn't in satisfactory condition, the dealer then bodged the repair - should I return it for a refund?
"I bought a 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan with a full service history from a main dealer. On taking delivery of the vehicle I started to clean it and noticed in the boot under the polystyrene liner was rusty, which came from four drilled holes. Something had obviously been bolted in by the previous owner and then removed, resulting in water ingress from the underside. I contacted the dealer who inspected it and told me they would need the car back to rectify it. I was told by the service manager a new boot floor had been fitted, but on delivery I noticed that all they had done was filled it with filler, rubbed it down and sprayed it. I reported it back to them as they delivered the car to me. They had it for 10 days and it came back in a filthy condition. I am within my 30 days money back guarantee. Should I return it to them for a full refund or should I ask them to source another vehicle or should I have it repaired myself and send them the bill?"
That is in no way satisfactory so you are within your rights to return the car for a full cash refund and if it is refused initiate proceedings in the County Court against the dealer who will probably settle out of court. See: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/
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Would a petrol SUV be okay for towing?
"I currently have a Volkswagen Tiguan that has been okay on a mixture of short trips and towing a caravan. We've never experienced any DPF issues, but since the emissions fix we have noticed the car regenerating almost every other trip. As this hasn't been the most reliable of cars I've owned, I'm considering changing. Should I go for another diesel, like a Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V or do I try to find a petrol alternative?"
Tiguan have been a bit troublesome post NOx fix, but Volkswagen is fixing them. Usually they need a new EGR: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/tiguan-2008/?section=good For towing, the problem is getting a petrol-engined SUV with enough torque at low revs. You can get a 2.0 TSI in the much better looking new Tiguan: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/tiguan-2016 In theory, JLR's new Ingenium petrol in the Discovery Sport should be enough, but Disco Sports have had more than their fair share of problems: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/land-rover/discovery-sport-2015-l550 If sticking to diesel, probably the best way to avoid DPF problems while towing is to get one with a fairly low sixth gear so it passively regenerates. My current Renault Kadjar 1.6 DCI 4WD (4WD essential) pulls 2200rpm at 70mph in sixth, so tugging a caravan at 60mph will still be revving high enough to regenerate. And in 19,250 miles, not a single thing has gone wrong - though I did order it on 17-inch wheels with 215/60 R17 tyres and that's a very wise choice.
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What does a Volkswagen Tiguan (2008 – 2016) cost?

Buy new from £20,595 (list price from £25,305)