Our Cars: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 150 DSG

8 October 2018: The perfect Tiguan...isn't even a Volkswagen

The Details

Current mileage 5,943
Claimed economy 47.9mpg
Actual economy 42.1mpg

This here is the second Tiguan we've run in relatively quick succession and it's quite different to the first, which was a five-seat petrol model with four-wheel drive. I think it's fair to say that although David liked it, he wasn't 100 per cent convinced he'd chosen the right Tiguan. "The economy of a hot hatch with none of the performance," he said to me once. Or something along those lines.

So I'm wondering, with all the Tiguan-based possibilities afforded to buyers by Volkswagen, where is the sweet spot in the range? What's going to give your typical Tiguan buyer most satisfaction per pound? 

Firstly then, I'd suggest an Allspace every day of the week... or, actually, not. Because, in fact, you won't use the extra seats anything like every day of the week. And if you're after a proper seven-seater, this is not the car for you. So there's £2750 you can save by ditching seats six and seven. Granted, you'll also be ditching 85 litres of boot space (615 vs. 700 in the Allspace), but in reality that's no great loss. 

In addition, you can't get the lower powered stuff in the Allspace, so whereas the Tiguan range starts at £23,500, the extra-seater version begins a whopping six grand higher. 

Problem is that the sweet spot of the Tiguan range is right there, in the mid-to-high twenties. For me, one of the very best pound-for-pound engines in the word is VWG's 150PS 1.5-litre TSI petrol. It's punchy, smooth, relatively economical, avoids all the diesel DPF nonsense, and has that rare thing in modern cars: character.

 Honest John _Kodiaq

The perfect Volkswagen Tiguan^^^

The cheapest way to get that engine in an Allspace is £29,500 (base model, manual gearbox), whereas for £28,600 you can have a five-seat version, with DSG automatic and in SE Nav trim. Which includes navigation, if that's not clear. 

That's the version we'd go for. A car like the Tiguan is much better suited to DSG than a manual gearbox; you won't get the sloppy low speed throttle response that the diesel-DSG combo gives you; sat nav is essential because... well it's 2018; the extra seats are a luxury probably not worth near enough three grand; SE Nav spec is well equipped; you don't need 4x4, probably; it's on the right side of thirty grand. Having said all that...

...there's a good chance we'd go for a Skoda Kodiaq instead. It's virtually the same car, except a bit better priced and, a bit more thoughtfully designed inside and, to my eyes at least, a bit better looking. For a shade over £30,000 you could have an SE L DSG model (better equipped than the Tiguan's SE Nav) with the same engine. And you've got your sixth and seventh seats back. Yay. 

So, in conclusion, the perfect Tiguan is a Skoda Kodiaq. 

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