Volkswagen Tiguan (2016) Review

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Volkswagen Tiguan (2016) At A Glance


+Comfortable, spacious and supremely practical. Refined diesel engines. Plenty of modern technology.

-Expensive to buy. Other SUVs offer better value. Ride quality could be better.

Insurance Groups are between 11–27
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

The Volkswagen Tiguan may be pricier than some of its rivals, including the closely-related, yet smaller SEAT Ateca. But it’s easy to drive, family-friendly and affordable to run. It's also available with some of the latest safety and convenience technologies and a wide range of engines. If you’re looking for a high quality crossover, it’s a great choice.

The engine range includes three petrol engines with outputs of 125PS, 150PS or 180PS, plus four diesel choices with outputs of 115PS to 240PS. The 150PS 2.0-litre diesel will take the lion’s share of sales and it comes with front-wheel drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission.

On the road the Tiguan boasts impressive refinement. The cabin is quiet and calm even at motorway speeds while the controls are nicely weighted. That said the suspension is slightly on the firm side. It’s always comfortable, but more severe potholes and bumps could be ironed out more smoothly.

In the cabin the Tiguan feels as well-made as other Volkswagen models, with impressive fit and finish and plush materials. The centre stack and dashboard are simple and clearly laid out, plus there is a fully digital instrument cluster, similar to Audi's Virtual Cockpit, available as standard on higher trim levels or as an option lower down the range.

The back seats are spacious enough to seat adults in comfort, thanks to ample leg and headroom. The rear seats recline and can move forward and back too, so they provide real comfort. The boot is wide and has no load lip, while a capacity of 615 litres makes it easily big enough for pushchairs and shopping. It can be expanded to 1655 litres by folding the rear seats flat.

Even basic S models come with an eight-inch touchscreen, DAB radio and Bluetooth, plus there’s lane assist, autonomous emergency braking, auto lights and auto wipers. SE models gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, which enables smartphone screens to be mirrored in the in-car display, so apps like Spotify can be used safely on the move.

It’s difficult to find fault with the Volkswagen Tiguan, but its starting price is higher than rivals like the Nissan Qashqai. It’s also pricier than the SEAT Ateca, which has identical underpinnings. However, spending the extra for the Tiguan does bring a good level of technology and equipment, so it’s still very easy to recommend.

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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Tiguan (2016)


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My tyres are cracked and need replaced at 22,000 miles. Am I owed compensation from the tyre supplier?
"I have a three-year-old Volkswagen Tiguan running on 235/55 R18 100V Hankook tyres. I've noticed that after just over 22,000 miles, all four tyres have started to split where the tread meets the sidewall. Surely this can't just be age; there's substantial tread on all tyres and no unevenness of wear. I realise they must be changed but feel someone should contribute towards replacement. Is it the garage that supplied the tyres and service the car or Hankook?"
It’s hard to provide an exact figure as your tyre’s lifespan will vary depending on your driving technique, how often you drive the car, where it is parked most regularly, the type of roads you drive on, how many miles you drive per year and the quality of the tyre itself. However, a general recommendation is that your tyres are changed every 20,000 miles or every 10 years. Cracks are also quite a common issue that can be caused by leaving your car parked for long periods of time or in direct sunlight. The rubber that your tyres are made from is naturally quite pliable, providing the material with a certain amount of elasticity. When you drive your car, the chemical that is applied to make the material even more elastic is released and lubricates your tyres. Therefore, when the vehicle is parked for an extended period of time, the tyres can dry out more quickly, causing cracks to appear. The rubber also loses this elasticity as the tyre ages and if it’s regularly subjected to UV rays. With all that in mind, I'm not sure you'll have any luck seeking compensation but it doesn't hurt to ask.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Can you recommend an upmarket, used hybrid SUV?
"My company car (Range Rover Evoque) goes back in May and I have to purchase my first vehicle in 14 years. My budget is £23k. I would love to purchase another Evoque but worry about reliability and repair costs once out of warranty. I would like a 2-year-old, similar-sized vehicle that's automatic with sat nav, cameras, leather interior and some warranty. We expect to keep this vehicle for at least 5 years. I would estimate 8000 miles a year and am thinking that a hybrid would be a good choice. The other half has vetoed the Suzuki Vitara. What would you advise? Thanks."
For your mileage, we'd recommend a petrol or hybrid (full hybrid – not a mild hybrid like the Sportage). As you're used to a premium SUV, have you considered a Lexus UX? It's an impressive hybrid SUV. You'll be looking at a slightly older example within budget but it ticks all the boxes and, being a Lexus, will be extremely reliable. Alternatively, look at mainstream alternatives like a petrol Skoda Karoq or Volkswagen Tiguan. Both represent excellent value for money and make a sensible used purchase. If you're concerned about out-of-warranty costs, consider buying an aftermarket warranty.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I'd like something that's fun to drive, good looking and reliable. Any suggestions?
"My 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport will be 3 years old in July, with about 20k miles on the clock. I usually change my car every 3 years when they go out of warranty. Generally, I've been happy with it apart from a couple of minor issues, but I've been very disappointed with the dealer service. My budget is up to £40K and I would prefer a high-riding, comfortable car with good rear load space for my band gear. I would like something with a decent warranty that's fun to drive, good looking and reliable. Any suggestions?"
How about a Volvo XC60? It's a really comfortable alternative to the Discovery Sport. Consider a pre-registered model to make your money go further. A BMW X3 is another strong option, especially as you're after something that's fun to drive. If you're looking at mainstream brands, too, we'd recommend a Volkswagen Tiguan or Skoda Kodiaq. Both are very practical.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What would you recommend for a couple who want a comfortable, reliable SUV?
"My wife and I are in our late 60s, retired and are looking to buy an SUV for the first time for its ease of access and high position. We don't care about prestige brands but we do want comfort, refinement, quiet and enough performance to make driving effortless. Perhaps automatic. We are tall but do not need extra space for people or luggage. We also want reliability. We tend not to change cars frequently - we have had our current car - a Ford Focus, bought nearly new - for seven years. We want to spend no more than £30k. Would we be better off buying a used luxury SUV like the Audi Q7 or a new/nearly new midsize SUV like the Skoda Karoq? In short, what would you recommend for an ageing couple who put comfort over speed but don't want to pay for either size or prestige that we do not need?"
An Audi Q7 sounds a bit big for your needs. A Skoda Karoq could be perfect – it's a very comfortable crossover SUV. Also look at the very similar Volkswagen Tiguan, or the uber-comfortable Citroen C5 Aircross. You might find that smaller crossovers meet your requirements, too – take a look at the Ford Puma or Peugeot 2008.
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What does a Volkswagen Tiguan (2016) cost?

Buy new from £20,845 (list price from £25,305)