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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Volkswagen Tiguan safety shouldn’t provide too much cause for concern. The off roader was awarded a top five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, which is very good for a small 4x4 - it also gets a four-out-of-five score for child protection. Standard safety equipment includes front and curtain airbags (rear side airbags are an option) plus an electronic stability programme and ABS (with electronic brakeforce distribution), while security is taken care of with remote central locking and an alarm.

There's an innovative drop-down towbar available on the Tiguan. At the pull of a cord, a tow bar is released from underneath the car and clicks into place. Once finished with, it slots back underneath the car. It makes an excellent tow car too, capable of towing a braked weight of up to 2,500kg (if you opt for the Escape model). The model's family appeal is confirmed by its large boot and sliding rear seats.

Pulling a lever collapses the seats for an almost totally flat floor and a cavernous load area.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Tiguan (08-16).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

BlueMotionTech equipment

BlueMotionTech standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
BlueMotionTech optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors

ESCAPE equipment

ESCAPE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
ESCAPE optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control

Match equipment

Match standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
Match optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Front fog lights
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Match Edition equipment

Match Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Match Edition optional equipment
None available

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
R Line optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

R Line Edition equipment

R Line Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
R Line Edition optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Lumbar support

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors

SPORT equipment

SPORT standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
SPORT optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Parking sensors

Summit equipment

Summit standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Summit optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volkswagen Tiguan (08-16) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.