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Sets the standard for mid-sized SUVs – but at a price

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New price £25,420 - £43,815
Used price £11,225 - £33,200
Used monthly cost £280 - £829
Fuel Economy 29.7 - 50.4 mpg
Road tax cost £125 - £475
Insurance group 11 - 27 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Excellent interior space
  • Easy to drive and manoeuvre
  • High quality interior
  • Lots of engine options      

CONS

  • Expensive compared with rivals
  • Not a true all-terrain car
  • Plain exterior styling
  • Some rivals better value

Volkswagen Tiguan rivals

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

The market for mid-sized family SUVs is a huge one, but it’s one in which the Volkswagen Tiguan manages to stand out. Volkswagen’s been constantly refining its formula since the first Tiguan launched in 2008, and those refinements mean that the 2020 Tiguan is one of the most practical, comfortable and high-quality cars of its kind.

The Tiguan range is expansive, and covers everything from low-powered entry-level models to high-end luxurious versions. All are ideal for families, though, with lots of room in the back seats and boot, and a five-star Euro NCAP score. Essentially, the Tiguan takes the brilliant, classy package that buyers love about the Golf and Passat, and translates it into the incredibly popular SUV body style.

Countless rivals to compete against

Of course, any compact SUV on sale today has a big job ahead of it, quite simply because there are so many other models to compete against. Not only do the SEAT Ateca and Skoda Karoq offer the same engines and technology at a cheaper price, but hugely popular and accomplished cars such as the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5, Peugeot 3008 and Citroen C5 Aircross all compete for a slice of the same pie.

Volkswagen’s made the Tiguan’s job even more difficult too, by positioning it quite close to the top of the market in the same sort of ‘almost-premium’ area as the rest of its cars. This means that top-end Tiguans compete with truly desirable offerings like the Volvo XC40 or Audi Q3. You can read more about our top SUV picks here.

A classy, refined package

The Tiguan is very much like its lower-set siblings, the VW Golf and Passat. It shares those car’s engines and interior fittings, but it also shares their relaxed driving manners, excellent build quality and generally refined ambiance.

The interior’s really spacious thanks to the car’s long wheelbase (the distance between the wheels) and relatively bulky body. There’s lots of space for a family in here, though if five seats aren’t quite enough VW does sell the larger Tiguan Allspace, which has seven seats as standard. Better yet is how the Tiguan feels inside. There’s a pervading sense of quality, with satisfyingly well-damped switchgear and generally excellent material quality all round.

Refinement at speed is another highlight, and the Tiguan’s a seriously comfortable place to spend time in.

Wide engine range

There’s a broad selection of petrol and diesel engines available in the Tiguan, most of which you’ll find in use in other Volkswagen Group products. On the petrol front, engines range in size from 1.5 to 2.0 litres in size, offering between 130 and 230hp. Front-and 4Motion four-wheel drive versions are available on some engines, as is the choice between manual gearbox or dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Those who prefer diesel power are served by 2.0-litre TDI units, ranging between 115 and 240hp, again with front- and all-wheel drive on certain models and manual or DSG transmission options. Not all engine and gearbox combinations are available in all trim levels, though. There's no alternative powertrains just yet, but a Tiguan GTE plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will join the line-up at some point. All of the engines return good fuel economy even without hybrid help, though.

The Tiguan’s focus is on comfort rather than handling. Consequently it feels surefooted and agile, but not especially sporty – in many respects it feels reassuringly like a Volkswagen Golf to drive, albeit with an elevated driving position.

The Tiguan’s blessed with a pleasingly rugged SUV appearance, with taut, perpendicular styling. It’s peppered with subtle yet interesting details, such as the light-catching indentations on the grille bars and the pronounced chamfering along the body, which wraps around to help frame the tail lights.

Flexible interior with lots of space

The practicality that the Tiguan offers is impressive by any standards, and really cements this car as a great choice for family life. The boot is large and flexible, with a sliding rear bench that allows you to choose whether your priority is passengers or luggage. It folds down in a 60:40 split, but most Tiguans also come with a folding front passenger seat - a brilliant move that allows you to carry much longer items.

Storage and stowage for smaller items in the cabin is also really good, and the Tiguan should slot effortlessly into family life.

Trim levels and equipment

As you’d expect with a contemporary SUV, the Volkswagen Tiguan is bristling with standard and optional technology. There’s a raft of electronic safety equipment including adaptive cruise control, emergency city braking and LED lights front and rear. You can also upscale the standard S, Match, SEL and R-Line Tech trims’ equipment rosters with several options including a panoramic glass roof, an adaptive digital instrument display and a high-quality Dynaudio stereo system.

Volkswagen’s also further honed its Active Control system allowing you to tailor your on-road driving for suppleness (Comfort) or firmness (Sport) depending on your personal tastes, as well as Snow and Off-Road modes when conditions are more challenging.

Is this the SUV to go for? Read on to find out in the full Parkers Volkswagen Tiguan review, or click here to jump straight to our thoughts on its practicality, interior, running costs or driving dynamics.

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