Volkswagen Tiguan Review 2022

Volkswagen Tiguan At A Glance

4/5

+Comfortable, spacious and supremely practical. Refined diesel engines. High-level quality and technology.

-Other SUVs offer better value. Not the most distinctive SUV. Ride quality suffers on bigger wheel options.

New prices start from £24,915, brokers can source from £24,998
Insurance Groups are between 11–27
On average it achieves 83% 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, particularly in R-Line models with large wheels. It’s always comfortable, but more severe potholes and bumps are ironed out better in some other SUVs

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. Overall, it's an excellent SUV for growing families

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 and Peugeot 3008. 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, quality and equipment, so it’s still very easy to recommend.

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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Tiguan

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

83%

Real MPG

25–60 mpg

MPGs submitted

435

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Can you recommend a small SUV for towing?
"I'm looking to purchase a small/mid-sized SUV for about £20,000. We only drive about 8,000 miles per year so I'm guessing petrol but we do tow a trailer tent quite often in the summer months so it must cope with that OK. I'm looking at the BMW X1 or X2 or maybe the Audi Q3. I have not discounted going bit bigger so the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 or Ford Kuga may be options."
The low-down grunt of a diesel engine will make light work of towing your trailer tent but it's not ideal for your otherwise low mileage. I'm guessing your trailer tent isn't particularly heavy, so a punchy turbocharged petrol should be able to tow it without too much effort. Depending on its weight, a BMW X1/X2 or Audi Q2 should be up to the job and they're excellent small SUVs. How about a Volkswagen Tiguan? It's not quite as premium as a BMW or Audi, but you get more physical car for your money. Take a look at the Skoda Karoq, too, if you're not fussed about the badge on the bonnet.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a company car with low BIK tax?
"I’m due to get a new company car (I currently have a Volkswagen Tiguan). I want something of a similar size and spec but I’m after one with a much lower benefit in kind (BIK) value as I'm being hammered on tax at present. I do 25,000-30,000 miles a year and have both business and personal fuel covered too. Any suggestions?"
For the cheapest BIK, you'll need to be looking at electric cars. A Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Volkswagen ID.4 could be a good choice – similar in size to your Tiguan and with a very useable electric range, as well as rapid charging capabilities. It's worth considering a Tesla Model Y, too, especially as this gives you access to the brand's excellent Supercharger network. Any electric car with zero tailpipe emissions will attract 2% BIK tax from 2022 onwards. As a compromise, you could also consider some kind of plug-in hybrid. A Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid officially has a CO2 output of 41g/km and an electric range of up to 30 miles, meaning you'll pay 14% BIK. You'll need to charge it regularly to get the best from it in terms of fuel economy, but it's a very impressive SUV.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend an estate with a raised seating position?
"I have a 2-litre Golf DSG which, with its low and sculptured seats, I find difficult getting in and out of. I want to replace it with a recent, used, low mileage estate, petrol, DSG with a seat /cabin higher than the Golf. I have about £15,000 pounds to spend."
An estate like the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack will have a higher seating position, you'll get a 2016 model (one generation out of date) for less than £16,000 with less than 15,000 miles. But for a car that's significantly taller than your Golf, you'd be better off going for an SUV. Your budget is enough to get you a 2015 old-model Volkswagen Tiguan with less than 50,000 miles on the clock. Or a 2016 version of the current model with closer to 100,000 miles on it. Reviews of all the cars mentioned above: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/golf-alltrack-2015/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/tiguan-2008/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/tiguan-2016/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Can you recommend an SUV with a heated steering wheel?
"I am looking for a new car, preferably a medium-sized SUV, with a heated steering wheel. Can you let me know what makes and models I should be looking at? "
Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Kodiaq and SEAT Tarraco are all available with a heated steering wheel.
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What does a Volkswagen Tiguan cost?

Buy new from £24,998(list price from £29,550)